Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Macro Co

Macro Co is a Chilean artist who now lives in Buenos Aires amd created this series of surreal black and white illustrations. While trying to create a circular, undefined story , Co takes to a universe of a somber ceremony, where we seem to be watching rituals of a non-world.

Rebecca Green

Found a new artist/illustrator called Rebecca Green. Lovely work that celebrates the every day and the small moments in life.




Cellegratonia from NEWWORDS on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Blog

I have created a new blog using a tumblr account. This blog will only feature found poetry Like the
ones below.  They are made by crossing out words in newspapers to create something new. Its something I have always liked to do and thought it would be a nice distraction from what I currently do, also it gets me to read the paper more.
A lot of these will be sold in the upcoming group exhibition in Adare.
I'd appreciate any feedback you can leave a comment below.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Present for a friend

A birthday present I did for a friend of mine, based around one of the previous cushions I made. It was the first time I added a picture with the text using stitch. I was happy with the result, and am conteplating just doing stitched pictures on there own...

'Line Drawing' of a Dog

'Line Drawing of a Dog'
'Line drawing of a dog', is actually a sewn piece. I still consider it a drawing, it is just drawn with thread rather than lead. I wanted it to look like a pen drawing. But becuase it is scanned in you can tell its sewn, but in real life it does give the effect of a pen drawing when you step back.
This is based on an earlier drawing I did last year. I tried to do an etching of it which failed, and recently did a dry-point (below), but it was also a failure, as the lines are not neat enough and it looks a smudgy mess.
I am hoping to put this piece in a group exhibition which is happing the 8th of December. I will post more about that and details of the work later on, when I am more organised....

Failed dry point.
The scanner makes it look even worse!

Collaborating with Dawn

Above is a print that my friend Dawn did awhile back. I liked it so much she gave it to me. After awhile I realized I had to sew on it, so I did.
If you click on the image you can in large it to show the detail, I was very happy with how it came out.

A gift of a tea bag in a neat little parcel that Dawn made me and I dont have the heart to use.

My birthday card from Dawn.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Izziyana Suhaimi

As you can see I am back looking at embroidery again. I manged to come across this artist who uses embroidery over her pencil drawings. I can see she uses watercolour paper, but from doing this myself, I still cant tell how she prevents the paper from tearing or holes from the needle appearing.
I will have to experiment. I need to get some small needles as mine have snapped!
Artists Statment:
Endlessly curious. My work primarily involves the use of embroidery. I am interested in collapsing the boundaries between traditional and popular cultures and exploring the links that exist between these two. My work examines how this particular mishmash manifests itself in modern times, especially concerning modern youths. Preferring to work with craft-based techniques, I am attracted to the evidence of the hand and its time-consuming aspect, which runs counter to the instant gratification and mass-production centred age of today. My works have been exhibited in Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan.

“Let’s talk about everything” (below images) is a collection of memories carefully collected from four individuals, springing from four different phrases that hold strong emotional connections to these individuals. These phrases were taken from songs, quotes, poetry, etc. Each memory is explored, studied, laboured over and embroidered on found materials.
Gold thread was used in varying degrees on each piece to recreate gold dust. The preciousness and value of gold reflect a similar preciousness and value attached to individual memories. However, memories extremely treasured by one, may be meaningless to another. In a similar manner, gold dust, though still having value, is useless until it is turned into something useful such as a bar or a button.


Sarah Greaves

Artisits Statment:
I am a mixed media artist who uses the traditional craft of embroidery to vandalise and graffiti everyday objects with emotive, political and thoughtful text. Fridges, doors, food and sinks become the canvases for hidden thoughts.
My Embroidered Graffiti is about exploring stereotyped identities and gender roles, our relationships with our bodies, our internal monologues and how the domestic and private become public. In my studio in Manchester these works are labouriously created and I try to break free from the addictive embroidery to paint, draw and make.

You can have a listen to her interview on Womans hour, via BBC Radio Four. Its about 34 minutes in...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Helen Pynor

'Helen Pynor is a photographer whose work depicts what appears to be underwater worlds with floating organs and objects. Some of Pyrnor’s works contain delicate text with remedies for aches and pains. The images seem to highlight the fragility of the human body as the organs float in an endless but calm void, creating a range of conflicting emotions. The photographs have an intriguing tranquil effect as they almost appear to be moving in slow motion amongst the unfamiliar space.'

'Liquid Ground'

I saw this above image by Helen Pynor and fell in love. Its absalutly beautiful, I could stare at it for hours.

Mari Lowery

Came across a wonderful and very prolific artists called Mari Lowery. She does a lot of collages, photo alteration, and takes her own photos using mostly a Holga camera or a Diana. If you go to her Etsy store you will be overwhelmed by the amount of work she has done. It is well worth the look.

Before and after.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012


This is Rrrrrrrroll. Amazing work making GIFs.
This anonymous collective of five photographers and artists create a new animated GIF every single week. Every GIF features something spinning in place, while the scenery around the person or thing stays eerily still. Sometimes it’s a woman spinng around, and other times it’s a random object twirling on its own.
I really need to know how to do this! Its amazing!! I'm in love!


Omen -Photoshop

Was fiddiling around with my sketchbook image in photoshop, and somehow managed to get it to do what I wanted. I tidied it up a bit more and added a black background.. Worked out pretty good.

Omen- etching

This is an etching that I did yesterday. It came out better than I thought. I added alot of weight to my lines and was worried they were to open for the ink to sit, but it seems to be fine. The only thing is there are one or two scratches and I am not sure if it adds to it or not....
This dosent really have anything to do with my current project, but it is nice to do something different, maybe I can tie it in somehow...
Im not sure I will hand colour these or do an aquatint, maybe I will aquatint another one on a seperate plate....
The image below has been taken from my sketchbook, I tweaked it in photoshop just to tidy up the binding line and such... I almost prefer the sketchbook image.

'Omen, -sketchbook'