train knitting and finger paints

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Two creative spaces from a week where proposal-writing jargon is coming out of my ears, and drawing is not happening. The top one is a comfy seat in a northward-bound train, where I knitted some knitting and watched lambs gallop about as the sun went slowly down behind green rolly hills (made me feel quite sentimental and write some awful poetry, which is staying where it belongs in the back of my notebook!). The bottom one is my small nephew making my mum’s Mother’s Day gift for us while my sister and I chat and eat brownies and marvel at how much mess one small person can make with two small blobs of paint.


creative spaces

March 24, 2011 § 3 Comments

Today I am having to cram creative spaces between stretches of Boring Paid Work, beginning with early morning figure drawing inspired by Egon Schiele’s incredible watercolours, and the fact that my sense of proportion has gone wildly awry of late…

I’ve also been doing experiments in the kitchen using bits of cloth, teabags, and bleach, with varying degrees of success…

And here is where I’ve been talking ideas via email to Gina from Lulu and You, and Alex from Pixielated Productions, and discovering the genius of Lily Vanilli (just look at these)…While I’ve not been working, I’ve been listening to the aptly titled Sunshine Hit Me by the Bees (the spring is springing with a vengeance and it’s beautiful), and the lovely Random Family.

And while I’m on the topic of music, The Little Unsaid have a sparkly new single out which you can have for absolutely free if you make friends with them on facebook! How exciting! (and the artwork is partly made from one of my photos, so I am happy).

More creative spaces available to poke about in here.

That’s all.

illustration friday: cultivate

March 23, 2011 § 4 Comments

Here is a re-drawn version of an illustration I sent to my sister when she was cultivating an impressive belly with wriggly life inside

And here are some sketchbook drawings from before and after the wriggly life arrived (pregnant bodies are incredible)


And here is some painting my nephew did at 5 months (my sister is a good painter and an excellent sculptor, and she is starting him young – more cultivating, I suppose)

Finally, if you fancy cultivating your ears with something delicious, pop over here and do some downloading. Gorgeous!

And for your eyes, and a big dose of delicious escapism, this blog is great.

Happy Wednesday x

illustration friday: stir (and the blooming knitting!)

March 18, 2011 § 5 Comments

The word ‘stir’ makes me think of sleep, and I’ve been thinking about how many fairy tales involve sleeping women (Snow White poisoned to sleep, Sleeping Beauty bewitched to sleep, Rapunzel if not sleeping then at least living in a kind of suspended animation, the anonymous princess stirring on top of the pea). Whatever all this passive slumber implies about women’s roles (and I do NOT condone it!), it’s a compelling image. Here is my Lady of Shalott, half way between sleep and death.

(By the way, some of the pre Victorian-and-sanitised versions of Sleeping Beauty are terrifyingly dark stories: closer to Almodovar’s Talk To Her than anything in a children’s book. Midori Sydner’s essay is a good place to start, if you’re interested in finding out a bit more.)

And finally, because I have been going on about it, here is my finished knitting:-The pattern is ‘Edie’ by Kim Hargreaves, and the yarn is pure wool double knit by Rowan. I can highly recommend both, if you feel like a bit of indulgent splurging (or, like me, wait for a birthday and make requests!). And my silver bracelet was made in here by my lovely dad.

a cure for sweetness

March 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Because too much chintz and knitting is no good for anybody, today I am revelling in…

  • Ken Kesey’s excellent Sailor Song (why this kind of writing is not on the syllabus for reluctant adolescent readers everywhere is a mystery. It’s properly gripping, environmentally conscious, makes me laugh out loud in a most undignified way, and is just delightfully filthy and irreverent.)
  • The stinging zing of freshly squeezed limes (this is waiting for tea-time in the fridge.)
  • Woven pictures by Erin M Riley (go and poke about in her website; traditional craft and grotty sexuality and hand dyed wool and drunkeness and drug-use and squalor and humour and a wonderfully fresh perspective)

Facebook Drama(Facebook Drama by Erin M Riley).

illustration friday: warning

March 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

A speedy back-of-the-sketchbook job this week; it’s my warning label/disclaimer.

the ice book

March 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Just came across this magical little video on Andy Davies’ blog – visit his blog for a much more condensed and polished example of Nepal-inspired imagery (mine is here in all its sprawling scribbly chaos. His is here looking composed and evocative and vibrant.), and watch this because it’s delicious.

(by Davy and Christine McGuire. Marvellous.)

Also, I have been knitting and knitting recently. The jumper featured here is now a whole garment. I am over-excited about it, and will upload some pictures soonish.

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