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Monday, 27 January 2014
Spotted my March-April flier for gigs at Cecil Sharp House while there at a meeting the other day - Looking great there with a newly refurbished cafe, new exhibition up and finally a lift! Also a great run of gigs coming up - can't wait for the St David's Day festival organised by Green Man Festival!
Sunday, 19 January 2014
Saturday, 11 January 2014
My mum has a lovely 5 page feature in this month's Selvedge - issue 56, it's good to see her work getting the recognition it deserves - and best of all in one of her favourite magazines! Here are a few quick phone photos of the magazine and some of her studio that I snapped over Christmas just for posterity. To see more of her work visit her website: www.mandypattullo.co.uk and for a more regular update of what she is up to visit her blog: www.threadandthrift.blogspot.com
Thursday, 9 January 2014
I worked on this new range of greetings cards last year for Roger La Borde which have just been launched. These are the full wraparound designs. They will again be printed and embossed on to recycled card - Looking forward to getting my samples...! If you are a shop and might be interested in stocking any of these then it would be best to contact Roger La Borde directly.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Saturday, 4 January 2014
I have enjoyed having some time off over the Christmas break to actually go out and see some exhibitions rather than just looking at my screen everyday. A few that are definitely worth catching before they end are:
The Judith Kerr retropective at Seven Stories (The National Centre for Children's Books) in Newcastle - particularly lovely to see some of the sketches and originals of such familiar stories from my childhood.
Louise Bourgeois, A woman without secrets, at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, as well as Louise Bourgeois, I Give Everything Away at the Fruitmarket on the other side of town. Both have a powerful selection of her work, but my favourite was still her touching 'Ode to Bievre' - a book of stitched handkerchiefs recalling her childhood in France and the river beside her house. I really enjoyed seeing her massive etching series 'I Give Everything Away' at the Fruitmarket Gallery, produced just before she died, in collaboration with publisher Benjamin Shiff; he would take Bourgeois a massive prepared etching plate which she would draw on at home, he would take back to print up and return to her to colour and add to. With such expressive marks and colours resembling innards and organs, teamed with evocative hand written statements such as 'I distance myself from myself' and 'I leave my home' I found these the most emotionally charged and poignant pieces considering they were made when she was so close to death.
Also in Edinburgh at the Scottish National Gallery, a little exhibition documenting the Picture Hooks scheme, would be interesting to any illustrators/ aspiring children's book writers.
Stanley Spencer, Heaven in a Hell of War at Somerset House till the end of the month is a great chance to see his fantastic paintings made for the Sandham Memorial Chapel in the flesh, illustrating a personal account of 'his' war; although I'd recommend going on a weekday as it is quite hard to see everything when it is very busy!
Tony Ray Jones, Only in England at the Science Museum provides a wonderful insight into the photographer's working process and harsh self discipline/criticism but also an endearing snapshot of 60's England in both it's mundanities and eccentricities, including british beach photos familiar to those of my grandparent's and parent's childhoods. I particularly like Ray Jone's notes to himself about books to read, things to change and amusingly of all (being a northerner myself) his 'Impressions of the North' including 'A slight haze perpetually in the air' 'No Bright colours' 'Empty streets with only dogs and children in them' 'A homogenous mass of people' and 'small china dogs next to a potted plant behind a window pane'.