Archive for October, 2011

October 31, 2011

Another Travelling Papercut

Continuing on from last week, I have made another papercut design based on childhood travelling memories. I definitely prefer the brown paper to the block colour now, and I am particularly fond of the delicate washing line and oil lamp, as well as the weaving on the bender tent. There is one more image on the way that should be completed with celerity.

October 30, 2011

Recollected Signs: Fabric Traveller Posters

This week I updated my website with the completed series of textile pieces I had been meaning to finish for some time. Once again, I seemed to have chosen a repetitive process to create these works, (which are based on discriminative signs I remember outside shops during my childhood,) and started to get sores and cuts on my hands from the scissors during the cut-and-slash technique on the fabric. After a break from the process it was quite hard to find the motivation to go back to it, with so many foxy things to be doing, and so they sat in the studio, half completed, looking oddly dishevelled. It’s a huge sense of relief to finally finish them alongside the satisfaction of writing up the page for the website.

October 27, 2011

Elsa Mora: Paper Cuts and Sculptures

Following my adventures into paper cutting, I have been looking at the work of multimedia artist, Elsa Mora. Her website hosts a collection of art forms, varying from porcelain sculpture, assembled found objects, paintings, drawings, and both two and three dimensional paper cuts. I lost myself for many hours whilst browsing her portfolio and blog. Her work is beautifully detailed, such as the paper ring pictured above with a miniscule fox sitting outside a house, and the elegant intertwining elements of her paper cuts.

October 26, 2011

Traveller Paper Cutting

Paper cutting has been on my mind a lot over the last few years, but I am not entirely certain I have the technical skill to create the works of art I envision in my mind. After many messy attempts I have concluded that although I am a competent craft knife user, when it comes to the detailed lines and delicate card cutting of the designs, I can’t seem to master the technique. But I do love paper cuts and I love drawing plans for them even if I am not able to complete them myself.

The image above is the first in a series of paper cuts based on my memories of travelling as a child. Although, of course, it is not actually a paper cut, but a line drawing coloured in Photoshop so I could get an idea of what it would look like when I eventually perfected my cutting skills, or more likely, gave in and sent it to be laser cut, avoiding those pesky human errors that tend to add charm and character. I think it may work well in block colour as print too, but I do prefer it with the brown card backing.

October 25, 2011

Paco Pomet: Fox Painting

Paco Pomet’s paintings are based on archival photographs, each one altered with surreal or bizarre elements, such as interjecting animal heads or disproportionate features, manipulating scale and anatomy of human subjects in historically impossible scenes.  I find there is something delightfully peculiar about these monotone paintings, as if the scenarios could be 1950s film sets. They take familiar historical imagery buried in the collective mind and make small references to pop culture or alterations, seeming to comment on memory and its distorting nature.

October 20, 2011

Another Foxy Drawing

Ceridwen Hazelchild

October 19, 2011

Needle Felted Fox

After finding this tiny fox on etsy and after seeing what lovely creatures can be made through the process, I’ve been tempted to try my hand at needle felting. Take a look at Sendsunshine Handmade Felted Gifts for more miniature woodland animals, each one incredibly detailed and pose-able due to an internal wire frame.

October 18, 2011

Crafting Foxes

I had the urge to create something small and colourful this week, envisioning a series of small, brightly coloured tiles featuring foxes and badgers and hares scattered across a studio wall. For this instant Brusho seemed the one medium which could create the colour intensity I longed for, and whilst it isn’t exactly colour-fast on fabric, I wasn’t planning on letting this get wet again – although the running colours could cause some interesting effects.

October 13, 2011

Jason LaFerrera Art

I have recently stumbled across the collage animal images of Jason LaFerrera. Each image is constructed digitally from maps and cartographic materials, considering the natural habitats of the animals and the relationships between these environments and regions. I really enjoy the layered nature of this work, although I prefer a more tactile texture of physical collage rather than digital works like this. The series of images seem to question the concept of boundaries, be it the animal’s territory, the ways in which humans create boundaries between themselves and nature or the division of land or counties, together with the impact these have on the natural world.

October 12, 2011

Karen Knorr: “Fables” Animal Photos

Karen Knorr’s extensive series of altered images combine digital animal photos from museums, zoos and nature reserves with images of cultural sanctuaries, such as museums, mansions and galleries, exploring the realm between nature and culture and challenging the boundaries of reality and illusion. Whilst fables usually refer to metaphorical lessons of human nature and behaviour told through the actions of animals and their relationships, the animals in this “Fables” series do not illustrate morals, but freely roam in territories which forbid their entry and only allow representations of nature to enter. These peaceful displays of wild animals seeming perfectly at home in the Carnavalet Museum, Chambord Castle, Chantilly Castle and Villa Savoye intends to highlight the jarring, ‘against nature’ attitudes such museums hold.

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