Ruben + I visited Hen Gigi’s house. She kindly gave Ruben a hand-knitted, stuffed rabbit, named ‘Portland’, in the hope that Ruben will follow in her footsteps and be a part of the same secondary school house. I had no idea that this was a family tradition, to be in Portland, so I ended up in […]
This week has seen to some more visitors, autumnal walks + cream teas. The first walk was with Ruben’s cousins, aunties and ‘Grandma Birmingham’ through Aberaeron park, the second was with his ‘Grandad Birmingham’ and uncle through Llanerchaeron woodlands. We’ve noticed a few changes to Ruben this week; his umbilical cord dropped off, his eyes […]
A different atmosphere. Weather. Surroundings. Take the Gentleman’s walk. Thick forest. Ground carpeted. A natural softness. Balance across. Appreciate textures + colours. Signs of man. Fallen trees. Whole hearts. Stabilise. No clumsy tripods. Steady. Satisfied. Cross the wishbone bridge. Climb upwards. Pause for breath. Study the views. Conjures images of the different seasons. Inevitability. Downwards. […]
A pull to the stillness. Independent to today. Cityscape; people, businesses, buildings. Development. Seascape; weather, crops. Change. Wander somewhere new. New views of daily sightings. That can happen anywhere. But be still. Here. Be alone. See everything in silhouettes. Thrown onto the backdrop of the day’s end. Brambly banks. Breathe it all in. The ebb. […]
Tonight was the lecture about The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi by Geoffrey Kibby. It took me a little while to find the Jodrell Gate but I found it just in time ! He talked about mycophobia, spores, the vast array of fungi, alien invader species and rotters. After a pretty bad day it inspired me […]
So yesterday we had to think about how we can progress our work from year one. My lecturers discussed looking at processes and content as a starting point. My main focus was flowers, which ran through all of my final pieces and the dominant process was lino printing. I had an idea that I could […]
My hand-illustrated carnation prints have arrived from moo.com ! (You can see the journey on older posts.) I’m so happy with the quality of them. I have a set of seven and plan to sell them in the Bentalls’ pop-up shop in September. They still need tweaking; I wanted to handwrite my website on […]
I’ve finished ordering my set of sixty postcards ! There will be seven different design thanks to moo.com’s useful option of selecting more than one design. And here is what they will look like:
After drawing A1 sketches of my carnations and after seeing how colourless my final submission space was I decided to create new pieces of work combining the ideas. I did some tests with various pens and paints and decided that the watercolour was the best ! I then had an idea of creating postcards using […]
I bought a bunch of red carnations yesterday; flowers are such a big inspiration to me. Recently, I have discovered that the reason behind this is unknown to me. But every time I make the effort to sit down and look at each petal it reminds me of why I like drawing them so much.
Here are a few of my photographs from Kew Gardens. And here is one of my sketches; apologies for the rain drops, my ink isn’t water resistant.
I took a trip to Kew Gardens after a few people suggested it and upon arrival discovered there was a David Nash exhibition on. Unfortunately it ended the day after but here are some photographs to show you the kind of work on display. The first piece was situated in the Nash Conservatory and was made […]
I went to Brixton today and saw an exhibition, of James Smith‘s work, in the Photofusion gallery. I found the exhibition through an app called ‘artlyst’; it’s really helpful in producing a list of exhibitions you want to see in the London area by adding the events to your favourites. James Smith’s exhibition “Temporal Dislocation” touched upon some ideas I […]
My course leader lent me a book of essays that explore the lives of six artists; George Tute, Simon Brett, Ian Stephens, Sarah van Niekerk. Hilary Paynter and Peter Lawrence. I have yet to read it but even after a brief glance through it looks beautiful. I plan to visit a printmaking specialist on Saturday […]
These are my artist’s proofs of the linocuts I had originally designed for the metal casting workshop.