the most curious thing

January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Yesterday I went to see the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at Tate Liverpool. There was far too much to take in, but it was brilliant. Here are some bits of sketchbook…

The things that stood out most (apart from the mournful Victorian photographic portraits) were two bits of animation. Jan Svankmajer’s Jabberwocky was dark and scary and funny and much improved by the fact that I watched it alongside a 3-year-old boy who was there with his mum and who was just helpless with giggles at the absurdity of it all (who says small children don’t respond to art?). Destino was incredibly pretty and deeply odd, and it was sort of mind-bending to see Disney animation blended with Dali’s surrealism, but in a good way. There are clips below.

 

 

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back in the door with a pitchfork…

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today I discovered Tracie Noles-Ross’ blog My Wild Acres. In a week which has been filled with various kinds of city-bound unpleasantness, it was an absolute breath of fresh air. Highly recommended, especially for this brilliant quote that caught my imagination:-

If we throw mother nature out the window, she comes back in the door with a pitchfork. ~Masanobu Fukuoka

Take care, all

x

January 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Yesterday’s good interview news means that, come September, life is going to change Really Rather A Lot. One result of this is that I’m suddenly very aware that living here in our tiny flat is a transient thing. This has made me think a lot about the idea of home; how in spite of too-much-traffic-noise and never-enough-space-for-anything, suspicious ceiling cracks and broken wardrobe doors, noisy neighbours and dreadful armchairs and the temperamental shower (and the properly upsetting things about living in a city, like people being shot dead round the corner from where we cook and play music and paint and sew and write songs and laugh and read and take care of each other…it’s a mad old world), I love this little nest and the life I’ve made around it.

So that I don’t have to loose it entirely when I leave it behind, I’ve started a sketchbook. It’s a place to catch everyday things as well as days out and bits of beauty. I might put bits of it up here from time to time. Here is a start…

(Anthony Gormley’s Another Place at sunset, and some beardy men playing Neil Young songs in the Kazimier)

 

inspiring things for the new year

January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I need to make more pictures. My knitting habit took over almost entirely over Christmas, and whilst I love sitting around in a puddle of wool and pointy sticks, I need to get myself back into gear. With a view to this, I’ve been seeking inspiration. Here some is…

Above: embroidery by Lucky Jackson. She is doing one every single day for 365 days, and you can look at them here, on her blog. She has some slightly scary ideas about the desirability of being a ‘domestic goddess’, but I am in awe of her commitment to making things. And I love these chintzy toes under patchwork.

Below: Aubrey Beardsley, whose line-work makes me jealous. I got a copy of his Venus and Tannhauser for Christmas, and was startled at the hardcore pornography in his writing, which is weird, considering the content of some of his pictures…

And I love love love the marvellous Shaun Tan. Get your fix at his website, or just buy this beautiful book (another excellent Christmas gift that I keep going back to)…Anyway, enjoy that little lot, and I promise there will be some pictures of mine to look at soon.

In other news, the interview I was preparing my portfolio for here has come good, so as of September, I will be training as an art teacher. Which is slightly scary and very, very exciting.

Happy new years, all. Enjoy the frosts and sudden doses of sunshine.

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