That title sure does make it sound like I was naughty . . . and I was! Cause it's sunday, and FF cannot be on a sunday, it has to be on a friday, and friday was two days ago. I could come up with a multitude of excuses and reasons why it was not done on friday, like the dog ate my post, or my appendix burst, or something equally as dramatic. But no, when all is said and done, I had a lazy friday and a lazy saturday and it wasn't until this morning that I thought, "enough lazing around on the couch with the telly on, it's time to wake up and do something fun." So here is a belated Friday Fav's, which will resemble last weeks FF, as I wish to show you three amazing artists I stumbled across on etsy during the week, so check 'em out . . .
This amazing "Klimt-ish" like woodburn (print - cause yes, it's a print, but the original was a woodburn . . . A WOODBURN) is by an amazing artist called Lauren, who runs the shop The Haunted Hollow Tree. If you like traditional, yet quirky, inspiring, original works of art, then you will love this artist too.
This print of an original watercolour painting by Sunny Gu is so pretty, so soft, so delicately pleasing to the eye, that I could sit here and just look at the muted colours, the intriguing detail and the whimsical concept for hours.
and finally, this photograph by artist Anne Solfud is so dark and moody, sublime really in the almost painted like way the image comes across. There is something so dangerous, yet fragile in this image.
I would promise not to be late with the FF's again, but I am human and there will most likely be further late-ness. But was it worth it? The wait I mean? Do you like these artists works? They are all so different, so inspiring in their own way. Can you suggest any other artists who work in a similar way? Let me know . . .
That is my name today. As you can probably guess today is not a good day for me. Due to some bureaucratic bungling I am having a mini meltdown . . . but I'll leave it at that, I don't want to bring you all down to my level of crankiness.
To cheer myself up I needed to look at some pretty pictures, so in case anyone else is not having a good day, (or if you are and want to have a look anyway), enjoy the following -
(image courtesy of Romantic Home)
(image courtesy of Electroluminescence)
(image courtesy of ArtbyChristi)
(image courtesy of tomorrow)
(Image courtesy of OneLovePhoto)
Well, I am back from the Royal Wedding. It was a wonderful and exciting day, I stood for four hours just so I could see royalty, lol. I intend to put some photo's up here tomorrow, but this post is my belated posting of Friday Favourites. Today's FF is PoopingRabbit. Pooping Rabbit is really Michael McConnell, an amazing artist who creates solitary little pieces of adorable loneliness, a fragile reflection on the human condition.
(quote from Michael's website)
My favourite drawing of Michael's is this little sweetheart . . .
So if you like Michael's work, you can check it out at his etsy shop - PoopingRabbit
As part of my research for my Master of Philosophy (Fine Art) degree I researched the work of prosthetist and photographer James Gillingham. A man ahead of his time, he revolutionised the making and documentation of prosthetic limbs, creating a small depository of prosthetic history pre-WW1. The prosthetics that he constructed and experimented with hold a kind of mechanical beauty that reveals a sympathetic soul in response to the plights of his patients.
I created a body of work based on the visual representation of the disabled woman's body inspired a lot by the photographs by James, he truly is an inspirational fellow and one to explore further if you are so inclined.
And now, James has crossed over into my crafting. Quite awhile ago I began to create some stitcheries that were reflections of drawings of prosthetic limbs from the pre-WW1 era. I have only completely completed one, but am thinking of making the stitchery available as a PDF pattern to buy on etsy for small change, what do you think? would you like to stitch your own version of this -
Yep, its extremely windy here in Yorkshire at the moment. The kind of windy that scares the bejeezus out of me. You see I am missing half of my right leg and I wear a prosthetic limb, and whether it's the lighter body weight or the "lightness" of the prosthetic as opposed to a "normal" leg, I seem to want to take off and either fly about or fall down on windy days.
So, I am staying indoors indefinitely today and have been working on some crafty endeavors. I have posted two new items at my etsy shop. Anyone in the mood for mushrooms??
The first two images show a foray into adding a more "art aesthetic" to my crafting practice. (This makes sense in the context of my having trained at uni as an artist). A mushroom sculpture, in part inspired by Tamar Mogendorff, created with a mix of fabrics and machine and hand sewing. Tamar's aesthetic is gorgeous and her work so unusual and whimsical.
Now off to edit a thesis for a friend . . .
Over the weekend I went to Madrid with my flatmate and discovered the wonders of a city that I believe is very under-rated (in relationship to other Spanish cities, such as Barcelona). Madrid was wonderful, and whilst there I got to visit some very special artworks - Picasso's "Guernica," and Goya's "The Third of May, 1808" and "Saturn Devouring his Son." The Museo Reina Sofia and the Prado were amazing galleries to visit. I really want to go back and explore some more, but here are some photo's from the past few days -
Thought I would let you in on some work from my sketchbook. I had to scan them in today to get some good quality images for entry into a group exhibition, with the theme - "Patterned."
While I've been trying to get my work done today (in preparation for going to Madrid later this week . . . squeeeee, Madrid, I can't wait!!), I have been reminded of my love of the Beach Boys via a Zooey Deschanel interview (cause of course she loves them too). I was very influenced in my love of music by my parents . . . and for this I am truly, eternally grateful. I have a tender love for most music from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's, and with the Beach Boys being one of my Dad's favourite bands, I loved and still love them to pieces. So what is my current Beach Boys playlist -
1. Good Vibrations
2. California Girls
3. I get Around
4.Wouldn't it be Nice
5. Don't Worry Baby
6. Surfer Girl
my absolute favourite BB song
7. God Only Knows
I looooove to read blogs, I find them inspiring, pretty, informative, happy, sad, giving, sweet, and exciting. When I am feeling blocked creatively, or feel like procrastinating from writing my thesis or working on artwork, or just when I want to know people are being successful out there in the creative world and I want to enjoy their success, I turn to my ever growing list of blogs.
I have a confession to make . . .
I do get jealous of other peoples blogs. I get jealous of the awesomeness of them, the sheer brilliance of content, the oh so achingly beautiful images. This has been a secret I have kept to myself for a long, long time, but have come out of the jealousy closet because of this post - You are my Fave.
So, I am out of the jealousy closet, and to remedy this I have decided that once a week I am going to talk about my love for a blog, why I love it, how often I visit it, what I am trying to learn from it, so here we go . . . .
Drum roll please (dadadadadadadadadadadadadadada-crash!!!)
I have been a fan of the blog (Inside A Black Apple) - (and Emily Martin, great creator of said blog), for a few years now. Checking in at least twice a week, I always get inspired by Emily's style, products, artworks, and (dare I say it) work ethic.
Emily is an artist with her own developing style inspired by children's books and historic paintings. I think this is why I am slightly addicted to her work, it is sweet and nostalgic, an escape from the real world (and an escape from the Contemporary art that I deal with on a daily basis - don't get me wrong, I love contemporary art, I am building my career based around it, but it's nice to go into a whimsical, imaginative, nostalgic world every now and then).
Emily's blog is a thing of sweet beauty; it is set out in an easy to navigate way, and it is bright, cheerful, and engaging for the viewer. She updates quite regularly, which means whenever I check there is usually an update for me to devour. Her posts are primarily about her art and her shop, yet she writes with a personal touch, like she is a friend keeping you up-to-date with her day to day life.
I may be jealous of Emily's blog, but for good reason, her blog is awesome, and interesting, sweet and kind, and I hope you take some time to check it.
My day has really descended a little into art anarchy this afternoon - my drawings didn't want to co-operate in the effort to photograph them. At one point they all ended up on the floor and I accidently wheeled over them with my 'glider' chair . . . the damage is minimal. The reason I am photographing my drawings is to enter this little competition at The Bowery. I am not 100% happy with the result, the light in my flat is shocking, but you make do with what you have, so I have managed to jiggle the light in the photographs in photoshop, and hope that it is ok. Unfortunately the drawings don't photograph extremely well anyway, the circles ruin it, LOL (the whole drawings are circles making circles). Oh well, keep your fingers crossed that I get in . . .