Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Monday, 29 August 2011
Today I received a whole aviary from Argentina. I am hoping to move from the kitchen table to a new desk soon and these birds are definitely going to come with me, to sing and hoot encouragement. Thank you Marina.
Only two pets were put in the post this summer as I only had one week of real 'away' holiday. A snail and a midge traveled south to new homes. I do love this opportunity to connect with friends and send something out of the virtual world into reality, and it is also lovely when a pet makes its way to me.
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Hugeutte Machado Rico is an Algerian artist who has been painting and drawing all her life. "I do aim at feisty pictures, I want them to make us look at strange and wonderful things" Feisty colourful happiness just lovely.
Monday, 22 August 2011
Denis Bonnes makes these wild people and totems from scraps of wood and assembled junk, creating exuberant people full of life and colour. It is my first day back at work so I feel like I look like the top figure.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Caroll Bertin is a self taught artist in textiles who makes these incredible sculptures using old fabric's, shoes, bags, jumpers and trousers. The old fabrics are softer more lived in and bring stories to the work, because of the wear and tear they have had. They add a depth of narrative to the beautiful sculptures that Caroll creates and indeed look like they have been on a life journey also.
I have blogged the work of Portuguese artist Maria Madeira before. Today, I was drawn to the photographic compositions that she makes with her dolls and the illustrative quality of them. I love Maria's graphic work and would love to see her producing some children's books. This led to me to consider the processes involved in making figures like the ones pictured above. I always find that making these three dimensional, textile characters is incredibly satisfying and they do take on a life of their own and I wondered about how two dimensional characters that you are cultivating could be enhanced by making them three dimensional.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
The Happy Film is going to be a feature length documentary, in which the fantastic graphic designer Stephan Sagmeister tries to test if it is possible for a person to have a meaningful impact on their own happiness, This film is a collection of experiments with the titles, I am looking forward to seeing the whole Happy Film. (thanks)
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Two illustrations by Yunmee Kyong an illustrator based in New York who trained originally in biology before retraining in illustration. Her works have a lovely space in them and therefore a wonderful peace.