Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Finn Hurt Moreno

Tonight has been a quick session of research following an epiphany over Christmas towards my work. I am hoping to start new work in the New Year when current projects are complete, with numerous ideas flowing throughout notepads and pieces of paper.
Artists I have already made note of include Lizzie Finn[naturally], Jodie Hurt and Gabriel Moreno.


Via Twitter, I came across artist Paula Sanz Caballero who creates sophisticated collages using textiles. Her main subject matter is the human form and often uses the theme of human relationships as a basis for her work.
 What appeals to me about her work is her layouts and use of white space which is often, for myself, to get right.

My favourite design, mainly the vibrant colour and the use of space. 

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


The quilt commission has been finished and handed over. I took a few photos before handing it over, but need to get one of it on my digital SLR of it in its new home! The commission came after my client saw my FMP and liked the intricate detailed typography and asked me whether I could use similar fabrics to the quilt [which I had plenty of] to create inspirational patches with quotations on.

A few photos of its patches;

My favourite patch on the quilt, which as you can see, was inspired by the existing patterns on the quilt. 

Another patch also inspired by patterns on the quilt.

More self-inspired patch.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Bells and Dresses

Last night, and today, I have been sucked into scrolling through this blog which is packed with delightful and beautiful images of weddings. The blog, from, are a trio of ladies in the USA who are wedding planners who have researched into helping couple have the best resources for thier big day. I found some really interesting bits and pieces which are somewhat inspiring [and really pretty and girly]
[ Images taken from the 100layercake blog. ]

Beautiful decorations- Inspirational for my future outdoor forest wedding. Love the idea of photo frames on the trees.

Sweetly decorated pumpkins on tables with a quaint script. Love the colour combo of the pumpkin and flowers. Simple always works.

Pebbles for seating arrangement, brilliantly sweet accompanied with these bird cages. The cages aren't something I'd have but it is lush all the same.

Brilliant idea to get a collection of humorous photos of your loved ones- A photo booth with props. Brilliantly sly idea which can be a lot of fun, given the right set up.

Also for the ladies, wedding dresses which are featured on the blog from Elizabeth Dye which are just stunning.

Merry F-cking Christmas

This week I have managed to send out a few postcards to a few design companies with a little festive message on... I'm not the biggest Christmas fan, but I think its the thought that counts at the end of the day...

Also the festive homepage of my portfolio site.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Threading Men

Shaun Kardinal
Found via a blog, collage pieces which use postcards and threads. I like the layering that he uses with images and the mixed media use. The threads are subtle in some of the images, unlike the first one below where it is quite a statement. I am also a fan of his photography which can be found on his portfolio website.

The approach that Shaun has used reminds me of Peter Crawleys work, which I have followed for a while. He uses thread to create pieces of work by threading it through paper. He has created  range of architectural and typographic work all using the same approach, a simple approach that is bold and striking. 

Made with over 6000 holes, Ampersand- thats true dedication to work.

Detail of image.

Colour piece- just as striking and visually effective as black/white pieces.
Check out his portfolio

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


A quick update on the work I've been doing on the quilt commission. The words are all sentimental to my friend who owns the quilt and the patterns I took from the existing fabric. I have had problems still in finding fabric for the backing to cover rips and tears that were created I believe by rats. Hoping the quilt will be back in use very soon. 

To be complete by mid-Dec.

Out of the Box..

I thought this was humorous and genius when it comes to thinking of an original idea for getting peoples attention.. Flyvertising.

Brilliant and original. If only I was able to think on that kind of level of genius to get myself noticed..

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Progress SBP

Some progress of my book for Sketchbook Project. This was completed last week but I thought I'd show you the kind of things I have been doing for it.

Scanned Pages. Navy Type is page 6. Green Type is page 3.

Friday, 12 November 2010

C-Mas Research

So today has been a mix of things, but all C-Mas related stuff. Massive search for fabric in what I have and making list of what I really need and also some mild research for my C-Mas ideas. This led me to looking at The Grinch[below, and yes that is a VHS] and also more typograhpical pieces like the post previous to this. I have been bouncing some ideas around and all looks good, but I now I have up the pace of working becuase I realized today I have 3 on-going projects to finish by Christmas, including the SketchBook Project which I've had a mild mind block on but very proud of where I have got to with it so far.

And now for something completely different..

If you haven't seen this already, it's a must. Phillip Toledano documented his father after the death of his mother in 2006. His book is full of beautiful photos following his father, who suffers with Alzheimer's and is the most touching piece of work I have seen in quite some time. 
Phillip Tolendano photography from his book 'Days with my Father'. Image of him with his father.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

...the Goose is Getting Fat

With the the big old C day only 6weeks away, and no chance of me getting any presents brought until middle of Dec, I am trying to make a design for my site and hopefully for Postcards to send out to companies and companions. 
I have a couple of ideas, among many, for the design, but my current inspiration comes from some typography and patterned fabric I have. Might not make sense to you guys [ sorry guys cant spoil the design yet ] but it will become clear bt Dec1st I hope.

A traditional message with mix of type and imagery. 

Stock fabric I have and inspired the colour for the latest idea.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010


Some inspiration I came across last week, whilst browsing blogs and twitter. Swedish artist Therese Sennerholt has created a series of typographic prints [below] which are based on sayings, and some which she has invented herself. I warmed to their simplicity of just two tones and the simple design of the letters themselves, so that the framed image overall is minimal. Must note the photographs are very aesthetically pleasing also. I am currently undecided about which print Santa is bringing me next month.. 

Thursday, 4 November 2010

SBP- Peek1

I am finally making for the Sketchbook Project after too much thought and planning, I'm going down a more spontaneous route, which has actually had surprising and amazing[if I do say so myself] results.
 I have nearly finished the first section which is typography based as it works as an introductory chapter to the rest of my book. These are only sneak images of what I have been doing as its not quite finished yet and would rather post with final images and of better quality than below.

Coming up tomorrow, some significant artist influences.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Spur of the Momento

This is an experiment I keep meaning to try. With what I had around me, I tried it, and you probably wouldn't agree, but it was successful. Well, I'm happy with the results, and I'm excited to follow the idea through a bit more well executed. 

I also spoke to the owner of the quilt and showed her what I had done, and she was happy with what I had for her which was great to hear. I still have a few patches to do, but because I have been horribly ill and have not wanted to infect the quilt with my germs so has been put to one side for a while, which she is happy with. It was also nice to know about the history of the quilt too and now I am a part of it. Makes me want to have my own piece of history.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Halloween Update.

As it's Halloween this weekend, I have made a new homepage for my website which will just be up this weekend. [There will also be a Christmas themed homepage for December] Below is the image finished with an image of the reverse side as I am always interested in how the two side differ aesthetically.

The Front

Reverse Side

This week, whilst also being ill with the annual cold/flu/chest infection, I have been planning my sketchbook project pages and layouts. My working space has been a bit of mess with notes and fabrics, as usual. But updated the washing line with newest work and photocopy of old work which still inspires me.

 Below:Notes for Sketchbook Project.

Busy at the moment catching up with myself after resting off this blooming illness. Hopefully in full working order next week.

Monday, 25 October 2010

And You Said, It Was Like a Fire Around the Brim

A few of my favourite Music Videos that I love the visuals for and immensely curious of the creative process.

Passion Pit - Sleepyhead
I have been intrieged for more than two years how this was made, and just get excited about the spinning cubes with hands and faces on. Simple and really nice colour to the video.

Prodigy - Warriors Dance
Visually amazing animation that I just get sucked into watching everytime. All the bands videos are quite full and demand the viewers attention, such as the Voodoo People Pendulum remix [below]. 

Blur- Coffee and TV

Possibly one of the only videos you watch and cannot help but smile due to the creation of the milk carton character skipping along to the music. The narrative that is built around the carton is simple and yet beautifully engrossing as you follow him on his great adventure.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Festive Homepage

Working on a temporary homepage piece to replace the purple 'hello' that has been there for ages now. Also trying to develop a Xmas related one, which isn't going as well so will be going back to the friendly welcome after halloween has passed.
Progress so far:
I am overwhelmed about the colour choice as I didn't think they would work as well as they have.
Familiar friend.
The Halloween/Twitter pun in the making...

I have nearly completed the quilt commission but due to illness, I have put it to one side so that my client will not catch what I have had all week. Hoping to finish early next week if I am better. Also fiddling with ideas for Sketchbook project and new bigger project for Dec/Jan.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Think of all the beauty..

I have been working towards this for a while, but I finally finished the large patch on the quilt.

I found an appropriate quote after searching far and wide. I still have very small patches to do, but have spent the last week working and doing experiments for other projects. Must make a list of prioritizing projects, and must be better organized. Too many new random ideas i keep scribbling down!
My desk full of new ideas which I can't prioritize until i have completed my list from Sept.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Silver Lining

Spontaneous ideas are always more interesting.

Original idea. Made 11th Oct.

The idea came from looking at a couple of previous projects and a keen interest to work with random imagery to create mixed media piece. The concept is based around the idea of when we pick up an abandoned newspaper/magazine and scribble funny features and speech bubbles etc over the images. I like the humour and impulsive comments that you find left in newspapers.

Continuing the concept 12th Oct. Not as keen on this...

More thought was put into this and I feel like it just doesn't work as well. Colour palette fine, just the content of it isn't as powerful. The Harry Potter reference could easily be lost on some people.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


I am currently working on a commission for re-patching a quilt, and have been left with creative freedom for each of the patches. I have used a few personal quotes that relate to the owner of the quilt and have also incorporated  the existing patten on the quilt into a few patches so there isn't an overload of type on the quilt.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Maurizio Anzeri

I came across this artwork last week which reminded me much of my own work. The concept of their work is very much different to mine, but the similarities over-lap. But I do love what they have done: Yarn + Photography = interesting geometric imagery 

I like the simple the use of colour against each other, more so the opposite colours like above rather than the tones of blue for example. The shapes have been created with the thread in very precise patterns which I cant help but get excited about with the compositions against the photography images.

It gets me excited about using photography in my work again, which is occurring by christmas and you will soon see i expect.