Sunday, 24 May 2015

Laura Carlin III

'A World of Your Own' by Laura Carlin a perfect Sunday world, a world of wistful thoughts and daydreams, a day of contemplation . . . enjoy.
"If you were creating a world of your own, what would it look like? Would you build your house out of brick – or out of jelly? Would it be on the ground or in a tree? Would your shops sell envelopes and sweets – or shoes for superheroes? Would you ride a train to town, or a dinosaur?" Laura Carlin

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Catarina Sobral II

I almost removed the hedgehog illustration (third down) from this post but then thought again, as this particular element reminded me of Tove Jansson's Monin illustrations with its bold colour and use of silhouette.
This is the beautiful work of Portuguese illustrator, animator and graphic designer Catarina Sobral. This book anthropomorphised the land and the seas enigmatically and delightfully pulls you into the story of 'La Serena Y Los Gigantes Enamorados' (The Mermaid and The Enamoured Giants). A reinterpretation of  the legend of Praia da Rocha a story that attempts to explain the rock formations at Da Rocha on the Portuguese coast. A lovely story about the sea and the mountain both falling in love with a mermaid. Catarina's works were exhibited at the Bologna Childrens Illustration Exhibition this spring.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Heinz Kasper

Throngs of people flocked to the beach in Kinghorn in Fife last night excited to see the work of Austrian artist Heinz Kasper. Heinz works with light and colour in many forms including theatre, musical events, galleries, industrial and urban environments.

 Heinz is currently an artist in residence at the Robert Callender International Residency for Young Artists, sea loft in Kinghorn and was experimenting with light in the environment.
Last night was a prelude, an experiment, and I am looking forward to seeing how his work develops during his residency.
I hope that we will be treated to a spectacular event later in the year.
"Heinz Kasper is dedicated to exploring light in relation to colour, form and environment as a medium of creative expression. Aside from his light design activities in the spheres of performing arts, exhibitions and architecture, the oeuvre of Heinz Kasper also includes abstract colour compositions and digitally reprocessed photographic pieces."

 Above: The Sylvan Gate, Jerusalem project for the 2013 festival of lights.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Mariana Ruiz Johnson

A wordless jewel of a  book imagining events 'While you sleep' by Argentinian illustrator Mariana Ruiz Johnson. Mariana's illustrations were the winning  illustrations of the 2015 Silent Book Contest at Bologna Children's Book Festival. They are rich with colour and detail like a summer night sky full of stars, the colours are vivid and the story keeps you running through the pages wondering what is going to happen.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Natalie Pudalov I

Natalie Pudalov's illustrations look like they have been drawn on old found books and papers, there is an age and patina to them, they look loved, lived in and inviting with their whispered secrets of layered  pictures and text.
These illustrations are from 'Letters to a Blue Dog' and were selected for the Illustrators Exhibition at Bologna this year.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Martina Vanda

Martina Vanda's work was exhibited at Bologna Illustrators Exhibition 2015 featuring these lively, exciting scenes of crowds at the theatre from her book; 'Tout Les Soirs'.
Below is a further theatre illustration and detail by Martina for 'ROMA SUONA ROM- Teatro Argentina'.

Martina's practice also includes wonderful ceramic works.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee and a Worm

Often requests come in for Kite making instructions following my Easter Kites of 2012.
This weekend has been blustery and I have had family staying, so before our walk we made kites.

Here are the instructions 

1. Lay out your paper for the main body of the kite I use a snake kite pattern that you can adapt and make into anything.2. Bend your bamboo into an arch shape and masking tape onto your paper (with little pieces of tape, this is temporary).

3 Make a cross of two pieces of bamboo top to bottom side to side within the curve of the arch and put a further piece across the bottom.

4. Cut the paper with about a 2cm border around the arch (enough to fold over the bamboo) and under the bottom.

5. Cut little snips in the edge of this edge towards the bamboo so that you can smoothly fold it over the bamboo.

6. Fold and glue these over the curved edge of the bamboo arch and fold over the bottom edge.

Place and glue a rectangle of paper over the cross in the center.

7. When this is dry you make a stirrup a small length of your string or wool that you tie above and below the rectangle.

8. Decorate as you like (they do work better with a tail of some sort).

9. Make a cardboard reel to wrap your string wool around and tie onto the stirrup string at an angle as illustrated in picture (7).

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Getting animated

It is coming to the end of the academic year and I am going to be sad to say goodbye to everyone as they go off and continue their studies elsewhere.
As a goodbye project it was decided that we would make an animation. We thought that sea creatures would be most appropriate as we have had a marine themed painting project, here are some of the results.
Now for many hours of editing to put it all together and add the terrible noise/singing we produced as the sound track.

Images from the top: Leslieann Tibbert, Natasha Younes, Colin Cameron, Lee Hutton, Tiffani Ferrier, Leslieann Tibbert, Andy Crichton, and animating Leslieann Tibbert and Ayesha Montador.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Cardboard Drawing, Cardboard Printing.

My colleague Douglas Kelso did a project with the students, where they made drawings in cardboard by scraping away the top layer of paper to reveal the corrugation beneath.

These are really effective, while they were on the wall I began to think of their potential for printmaking. Douglas agreed I could sacrifice his demonstration piece to experiment with and it worked.
Make your cardboard drawing as above, cutting with a scalpel and scraping away the paper surface.
You can then roll it with relief printing ink or even acrylic paint and print.
You get different effects with different densities of cardboard, the direction of the grain and how thorough you are at scraping away the paper layer.

Above: are student prints, from the top: Lee Hutchison, Andy Crichton and below Douglas Kelso's Che