Monday, 1 September 2014

Michael Mapes

These works fragment the familiar to abstraction and yet leave just enough information for our minds eye to recognize and fill the gaps, in the same way that we can recognize words and text when half the letters are removed or mixed around.  
Michael Mapes uses very familiar dutch masterpieces to base his fragmented collaged works on and recreates a kaleidoscopic interpretation using fragments of photographic prints, sequins, fake nails, costume jewelry, insect pins, gelatin capsules and glass vials amongst other things. Gathering and arranging evidence to prompt us into putting it together like detectives.

"They're fairly tedious to create," he says, "so I try to bring a painter-like approach to working on them. Making changes that involve so many individual elements can be challenging, if not punishing, but my interest lies in discovering the composition of the work while making it." Michael Mapes

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Rieko Koga I

I am in a strangely stripey and black and white mood this weekend, or at least it is not a mood, but more this is what is appealing to my eye. 
Here are some examples of work from Japanese artist Rieko Koga I like it because having done so many stitched word works I know the time and patients they require, but I also like its visual simplicity, like a doodle that has not been composed but has woven itself out of distraction.
Rieko currently lives and works in Paris creating small art pieces and large installations.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Guido Scarabottolo I

Guido Scarabottolo originally trained in architecture but his career changed dramatically when he became involved with Studio Arcoquattro a group of architects who's work included graphic and exhibition design. Guido Scarabottolo is now one of Italy's most renowned graphic designers, illustrators and art directors, he has a unique eye and humor. (thank you)

Friday, 29 August 2014

Julie Daleyden I

Julie Daleyden's work is all charming but these decorated tiles are just wonderful. 

Beata Wehr V

I still have one more selection from the artist Beata Wehr, 
I love these abstract indigo compositions, it is rare for me to work in an abstract way and these pieces really inspire me.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Anna Ladecka

Anna Ladecka from the 'Carnival of Animals'. Anna is a painter illustrator and textile designer from Warsaw, Poland. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Kerttu Maukonen

"I present you my mess, my life in rags. 
This recent work is made from scraps of fabric, from worn out clothes and tea towels, stained by red soil, mango and ketchup, faded by the sun and Omo, as well as from my collection of purchased fabrics, meant to be made into place-mats and pillow covers. Not a single project was completed. I think I failed as a housewife. 
This is my redemption."

 Kerttu Maukonen

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Beata Wehr IV

I love these waxed relics, the translucence and transparency, adding to the mystery of the thoughts and findings that went into these books by Beata Wehr 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Beata Wehr III

Some examples from Beata Wehr's mixed media books. Beata lives now in America in Tucson in her books she explores her identity and journey through life.
Beata Wehr's books are rich in texture, found objects, stitch, paint and gathered thoughts and memories.

"I found artists’ books to be especially useful in talking about the issues of identity, immigration, and dislocation.  I like their intimate format, and the fact that many media could be combined on the pages, creating layers of images.  My books are usually bilingual, or semi-bilingual and I often mix images with writing, pieces of newspapers, found objects and other elements reflecting the everyday life in Tucson as well as my links to Poland.  I try to combine two different experiences from two different worlds in this “in between” situation.  I started to think that it is possible, although my native life, language, landscape, culture are so different then my life here in Tucson."
Beata Wehr

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Beata Wehr II

Beata Wehr works in paint encaustic and acrylic and is prolific in her production of art books. The light here today is bright and golden the air sharp with autumn and Beata's paintings have caught that moment of change between summer and autumn for me today. 

"I go back and forth between figuration and abstraction, trying to capture the feelings associated with specific locations or sometimes transforming the landscape into an almost non-descriptive one. Many of my works are about longing. Some of the works have multiple layers of paint, the newer ones partially obscuring the older, symbolizing memory and the passage of time." Beata Wehr

Saturday, 23 August 2014

The Frog In the Well

I have expanded my Roger Duvoisin collection further with this beautiful book 'The Frog in the Well' written by Alvin Tresselt, first published in 1958. It has the much loved faces of petunias farm and it has a gentle calmness in the pace and message of the story.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Late . . .

I know, I am sorry, I am late this morning, so I thought I would show you the first of my experiments with a poster clock, that I made for my son featuring our cat Belissimo, on Monday.

Thursday, 21 August 2014