Thursday, 31 December 2009

Floral Monotypes

 I have been mono printing all afternoon, preparing to teach this term's evening class on floral monotypes. I feel a bit rusty so started with simple techniques ( stencils and painting with the inks mixed with linseed jelly) to get going. There are still a few places left on the course which starts on Tuesday January 19th. Contact Horsley Printmakers
to book a place.

Monday, 28 December 2009

A Pattullo Christmas

Broken Toys, Old Junk and Betty being cute. Just a normal Christmas then.

Monday, 14 December 2009

The Museum of Everything.

A wonderful museum (featuring exhibition no.1) crammed with an eclectic mix of art made by 'untrained' 'unintentional' and 'unseen' creators. It is located in a terrace house/ware house type building in primrose hill. Some work that I found particularly inspiring was by sister gertrude morgan who was a missionary and produced naive religious art and Alexandre P Lobanov who after being denied a gun as a young boy became obsessive with them producing loads of paintings and portraits with guns. Interesting also, my dad noticed none of them showed any actual acts of violence.
I hear the exhibition is only on until Christmas so you should go soon!
Read some better reviews here if you don't believe me!
Let's hope exhibition no.2 is just as exciting....
(sorry for poor quality images!)

Sacred made Real

In London this weekend to see 2 very different exhibitions. Best of all was The Sacred made Real; Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600-1700 at the National Gallery.Realistic devotional paintings  and fantastic full size wooden carved figures ( polychrome sculpture) . We have often been to Spain especially for Semana Santa and have seen these paraded through the streets. The Fernandez sculpture pictured here was particularly realistic and disturbing. 

The exhibition claims to shock the senses and stir the soul and it certainly achieves this. Highly recommended.
On to Primrose Hill and The Museum of Everything.  Alice is going to write about this.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Monday, 30 November 2009

Fred Wilson- Artist/curator

Me and Ellie went to a lecture by artist/curator Fred Wilson on Friday...
We didn't really know what it was going to be about so it was a bit hit or miss but it turned out to be a hit- and the hit the nail on the head for both of our dissertations!
He was talking a lot about how he has worked in museums and how he has used objects from the museums and changed the way they are viewed to challenge how the viewer interprets the work, and encouraging the viewer to see past that actually 'pieces' and see things like the plynths and wall mounts as just as important as the things that are on them.
I noticed Ellie put this video on her blog and I want to copy her. (Thanks ellie!!)

I really enjoyed his voice too.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Bright Star

If you love sewing go and see Jane Campion's new film "Bright Star" this weekend. Not only it is visually ravishing to watch, has Keat's poetry and superb acting it also recognises Fanny Brawne's sewing skills and lovingly lingers on needles going in and out of fabric. Particularly poignant is her changing of the white stitching round her underwear to black thread after Keats has died.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Compton Verney

On Friday we went to Compton Verney ( Its not far from Stratford and well worth a visit for its Folk Art. The objects which Enid Marx collected with the historian Margaret Lambert are housed there. The collection helped to provide Marx with ideas for her pattern and design work in textiles and relief printing. There is furniture, textiles, pottery, prints and many quirky objects such as homemade Christmas decorations and toys. Lots of surface decoration and very inspiring for illustrators and designers

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Something to do- playing in bed

300 games, hobbies and pastimes for all the year round. Illustrated by the wonderful Shirley Hughes.


Marvels form The Saturday Book

An early morning drive to the Sunday Market where there was only about two stalls in place still managed to be a little fruitful...

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Betty and the birds

I have been hand colouring some of the Christmas cards I have printed. Betty helped.....

Friday, 6 November 2009

Monday, 2 November 2009

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Sophie Calle

While in London I visited the Sophie Calle: Talking to strangers exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. It included a selection of work where she has reported on various encounters and situations that she has become involved in, for example when a stranger asked to mourn his break up by sleeping in her bed, or inviting an author to take charge of her destiny by directing her on how to go and meet it...
It was a fascinating and beautifully designed could easily spend a day there reading everything. Unfortunately I didn't have time to so will hopefully have a chance to go again.
I particularly liked a set of writing and photography that was made in response to a project where Calle asked strangers in the Bronx to take her to wherever they wanted (within the Bronx) and explain why.
Another interesting project was 'Prenex soin de vous' where Calle invited 107 women to interpret an email where her partner breaks up with her.
It is free so if your in London it is definately worth a look.

Street Dog

When I saw my friend Jenny Tondera's streetdog design in Topman I just couldn't resist trying it on....

Cecil and Ada

This has been my favourite ever find at a fleamarket. A suitcase full of about 100 letters dating between 1957-59 between two sweethearts, Cecil and Ada, who appear to have written religiously every few days to each other until their marriage. Although I find it sad that something as precious as this would turn up for sale on a market stall, I am secretly pleased that they have come into my possession! Haven't managed to read through many yet but the few I have are fascinating. Can't wait to do a project with these...
I found Cecil's interest in Ada's possibly transparent nightie, and desire to rub her cold ridden chest, particularly amusing.

The Pattern Sourcebook

This book is going to be on my Christmas list. Full of beautiful surface pattern designs from the 20th century.

The Wife's Guide and Friend

I recently found this interesting and unusual book at the Brighton Sunday fleamarket. It is basically a book of all the things that tended to be edited out of old magazines and books etc....pregnancy, sex, periods....Quite disconcerting in places, but interesting nonetheless. Also not sure I'm impressed that it was written by a man!

Medicinal Labels

Chamber miscellany of useful and entertaining tracts

Bought this book recently just for the cover...reminds me of my friend Bronwyn's blog. Have a look, she always posts beautiful finds.