Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The 'Corita' effect..

The art class pictures of Francis Elizabeth Kent, aka Sister Corita & her fellow 'Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary', have always fascinated me.  Part of my pleasure is gleaned from their seemingly laid back attitude to printing in a visually formal environment, impeccably attired in their habits.  Such spirit resonates from these images.  They popped to mind regularly whilst enjoying the meandering nature of creativity & random conversation at last weekends creative workshops. They took place in the former board rooms of the beer manufacturers Tetleys Head Quarters in Hunslet, Leeds, now home of contemporary gallery space, The Tetley.

And as Lydia Burgess commented.. who needs Photoshop...?!

Friday, 25 July 2014

'Photoshop by hand', The Tetley.

This weekend sees me travelling up the road to lurverly Leeds.  Firm faves Nousvous are the current artists in residence at The Tetley.  They've transformed the space in to a 'live' / work exhibition, taking their daily practice with them for you all to observe.  Ever the communicators of interactive, creative play for all, they've written a programme of performances & workshops which can be viewed here.

'Photoshop by Hand' is my sérigraphic contribution to their residence.  I will be exploring a technique called intercutting, where shapes are cut out of layered silkscreened prints, which are then swapped and re-fitted perfectly back into its new print.  Got it?  If not places are still available for Sundays workshop, bookings via here.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

'Corner Magazine & Nancy Alsop'

Nancy Alsop, Editor of online publication Corner Magazine popped to the studios a few weeks ago. Before we came up for air, a good few hours had passed.. Click here to read the full article .. Thank you Nancy, ; )   

Monday, 30 June 2014

"From lens cloths to swimming trunks.."

My nephew decided to Google me.. and then proceeded to show me a whole heap of stuff I'd never seen before.  This is not to say that I've never.. er.. (cringe) Googled myself but his input was more than just my short name.  And i'm most grateful! The longterm printed collaborations between myself & Adam Weissman for Stussy have been reappropriated in more guises than just the common or garden tshirt.  So lovely to see, ; )

Saturday, 17 May 2014

'Face This'

Jos van der Hoek and his girlfriend Jelka Priem are the innovative force behind 'Face This', a charity set up to raise funds to support education for kids in Indonesia.  In true Indonesian spirit the idea of collaboration is key, leading Jos & Jelka to work directly with local schools & their children.  Artists are invited to create a tshirt from drawings supplied by the kids.  Each artists interpretation is a pictorial union of many of the kids drawings, bound up with their own bit of creative spin.  The resulting collection has an inherent child like charm with the confidence of a contemporary design practice.  With the likes of Billie Jean and Dan Page as contributing Artists you'll be hard pushed to make a choice, ; ) !

Friday, 2 May 2014

'Eight With Em'

I don't seem to stop being impressed by the integrity & passion of our under-graduate generation of late. The students at Westminster University are one month away from their Degree show & producing some fantastic creative statements with which to impress Joe Public on their PV night, June 12th (details to follow).  Meanwhile, Emma Buckley is pursuing a career in creative journalism although currently studying 3D design at Bath School of Art & Design.  'Eight with Em' her snappily titled blog, sees her asking eight questions to creatives working within the design industry.  
Pretty industrious & impressive stuff Em.  Discover more here.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

'Brotherly Love'

Studio 4 was buzzing with creativity today, radiating from the production line of drawings etched out by Fin & Milo.  Non-stop scribbling led to non-stop printing and by four o'clock they were sporting their wares.  Pretty impressive no..?  Sterling work boys, ; ) ! 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

"Bottoms Up"

Brilliantly curated and executed by SB Studio, ' 100 / 100 ' is a collaborative experiment between the public and a carefully selected group of artists & illustrators, whose work they admire.. (Aw, thanks!)  

The Liverpool Craft Beer Company brewed SB Studio their very own beer, then SB Studio asked the public to name it.  A hundred suggestions were shortlisted, dished out and uniquely illustrated.  My brand suggestion was quite a mouthful.. but how Nicolas Burrows conquered 'Snegs Blooner' I've no idea!  Love it though.  Keep an eye on their site as all the bottles will be up for auction soon, the proceeds going to Artfund, the National fund raising charity for Art.