Saturday, 19 April 2014

작가 김수연

This morning I have been searching through Korean illustrators. In keeping with my Easter theme I have selected this wonderful chicken by 작가 김수연

Friday, 18 April 2014

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Nicola Dywer



I have wonderful students and I love working with them and seeing their creativity and work. 
Nicola Dywer was one of a great group of students who I finished teaching in February this year. 
Nicola cast her husbands head and then planned to make the head in glass. At times when this ambition looked like it couldn't be fulfilled we discussed using ice as an alternative. 
Nicola did manage to cast the head in glass, but she also cast it in many other materials including ice.
These are her coloured ice  heads photographed on the beach on a cold January morning and I am very excited and proud of Nicola because this work has been accepted as part of the V and A 'Inspired by' competition. Her work will be exhibited at the Morley Gallery, London  from the 20th of May to the 19th June with the other selected works.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

There was an old fisherman of Pittenweem

This piece I started at the end of last summer, it took ages to complete simply because it was left when I returned to work, after the summer holidays. 
The lace of the beard was dyed with turmeric, the worms were off cuts from a students work. It is inspired by a the strange concept of keeping bait worms warm. I am sure I remember that the fishermen kept them in their mouths to keep them warm and lively, a horrible idea/ memory that I have from when I was young.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

There was an old lady of Saline




And here she is 'The old lady of Saline' beautifully evil, and lovely and colourful. 
I loved doing the details adding lace to her neck and hands for wrinkles, chain stitch cable down the front of a boys jumper, the little girls plats and the metalic zimmer frame.

Strange thoughts and ingredients


These were the ingredients; a piece of ceramics by Spanish artist Laura Lasheras who combines ceramics with textiles and a portrait of Quentin Crisp by Andrew Macpherson

The result of this combination in my head was this, which three days and nights later . . . 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Francesco Chiacchio II

Francesco Chiacchio is not very nice to his characters sometimes.

Francesco Chiacchio I




Time for some fun, here are some of Francesco Chiacchio's sketches involving food, I love his moments of humour captured with a simple pen line and day to day objects. Francesco is an Italian illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer from Florence.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Shiho Ueda II


Delicate stitched layers of tissue paper by Shiho Ueda.

Shiho Ueda I

Shiho Ueda is a Japanese artist who builds up translucent layers of water colour or Aquarelle and lately also incorporates stacks of coloured papers. In her latest exhibition her work is moving more into the realms of installation creating an environment of soft flowing colour. 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Britt-Marie Oskarsonn I






Tender scraps of thought and creativity by Britt-Marie Oskarsonn, remind me of the paper cuts of Hans Christian Anderson, Paul Klee's Puppets and outsider artists work like James CastleWorks such as these are vulnerable and yet strong, revealing the ingenuity, resilience and imagination of human spirit. Britt-Marie works in many media and genre you can see more of her work here.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Deb Todd Wheeler




These flowers are from a project by Deb Todd Wheeler called 'The Consumer Garden' where she made flowers from plastic bags and other debris of modern life.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sae Yoshizawa II


A wire drawing self portrait by Sae Yoshizawa This technique always yields such magical images and shadows.