Saturday, 24 July 2021

Rathna Ramanathan

Tara books have hinted that they may be reprinting 'Anything But a Grabooberry', written by Anushka Ravishankar, and typographically illustrated by Rathna Ramanathan, which is wonderful news as this celebrated book is very hard to find. 

We found that children enjoy figuring out words like puzzles, since they have no pre-conceptions about this. Adults are not necessarily faster at comprehending it.’ Gita Wolf, publisher at Tara Books


Friday, 23 July 2021

Rathna Ramanathan I


Christian Morgenstern's 1905 'In the Land of Punctuation' was re-interpreted and published in 2017 by Tara Books with graphic design and typography by Rathna Ramanathan.  Christian Morgenstern’s poem is a darkly comic dadaist piece. The text has unmistakable political undertones suggesting manacing, authoritarian systems of control. Its graphic representation through typography by Rathna Ramanathan has a very similar visual language to Russian Constructivism of the early 20th Century. 

"Writing is a visual image. In order for us to read sometimes, we don’t react to writing as a visual image because we’re taking in the content. There’s a sort of hierarchy that’s contained there where you ignore how something looks — unless you’re a designer and you refuse to buy something because the typography’s really bad!" Rathna Ramanathan


Thursday, 22 July 2021

Emily Powell I

 Every morning the first sound I hear is a throb of bees filling up on nectar and pollen from my front hedge of St Johns Wart, it is fascinating and pure joy to see all the varieties. This is a painting by Emily Powell which has that joy.  

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Susan Farrington V


In the second of my serendipitous  'round' posts, Susan Farrington has been collaging antique button cards. 

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Anja Brunt IV


This and my next post come to you from serendipitous neighbouring posts on my Instagram feed. Today we have Anja Brunt's exploration of hole punch collage.  

Monday, 19 July 2021

Tansy Hargan


Colour studies by Tansy Hargan in watercolour, Tansy is running online courses and also produces stitched works.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Printing Jellyfish


Jellyfish wash up here in drifts at certain times of the year, beautiful and fragile with newfound cyanotype joy after getting the correct Potassium Ferricyanide (red not green), I thought, well I thought maybe I could print a jellyfish!

Here it is, a print of an ethereal jellyfish, I am loving this process.

Saturday, 17 July 2021

Friday, 16 July 2021

Wednesday, 14 July 2021



A new skill is always tricky especially when working with scary unfamiliar materials, and sunshine which is not very predictable here. So I have been running at pieces of paper with seaweed and transparencies then rushing into the bathroom often to wash an image clean away or for it to fade to almost none existence. Finally, I have three images that I had hoped I would achieve, but this is a fickle art form who knows when I will achieve my fourth. 

Monday, 12 July 2021

Aris Moore


An old pack of cards that have been held by loved ones becomes a new art form in the hands of Aris Moore.