Friday, February 27, 2009


Okay, so I'm not posting about what I said I was going to post about in my last post (what a rubbish sentence that was). However, I just wanted to show you these photos of Stuart Semple's pink foamy smileys, 2000 of which floated over London on Wednesday. Semple said:

I just wanted to make a piece of work that could cheer people up a bit. I’ve had enough of the doom and gloom in the air and I wanted to show something completely positive floating up in the sky.
How lovely!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I'll be back

Typewriter words confetti available from Dahlila. What a brilliant idea!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I have been so busy at work that I haven't had a moment to post. I'll be back tomorrow with something very lovely indeed, though. Can't wait to show you what I've found this time! See you then.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Some new work...

...of mine. It's now available in my shop and more detailed images on my website. What do you think?

Speaking of my website, I have updated it a bit. Please give me some feedback, I think it's urgent. :)

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. x

Friday, February 20, 2009

A couple of things I'd like to share...

Alison Pullen - I have fallen in love with these mixed media works on paper.

Alison paints a room using pages of interior design magazines. Finding a viewpoint which she finds interesting and challenging, she goes through hundreds of pages of these magazines, composing an abstract image based in light and darker tones from which she paints on top making the interpretation of the space becomes realistic. The ending result is a dominant image of the room but it coexists with a foundation, the photograph of a totally different room beneath, a technique she developed and mastered over several years.
- quote from Start Space website. Start Space is another brilliant shop on Columbia road. I went there last weekend, just as the flower market was closing up. I highly recommend it. I got a huge bouquet of lovely flowers for £10, and a mini cupcake from here. YUM!

Charley Harper - I have never come across these prints before, but I think they're stunning. The colours, the geometric shapes, and I never tire of the odd bird. Look at the owl in flight as part of the flock of birds. Ha! Love him! You can buy these prints at Elphick's, 160 Columbia Road, London.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

P.S. I have just updated my website, I know it looks like a template, and that the photos are awful, but what do you think? Can anyone give me the name of a not-too-expensive person who might do a little site for me?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Amazing altered books by Alexander Korzer-Robinson.

For his artwork he utilizes antique and used materials, with the current focus on altered books.
Through the artistic treatment discarded or unused objects regain meaning in a new context. If there is such a thing as the dignity of an inanimate object, it is restored here through the transformation into a work of art.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lizanne van Essen - White Books

Lizanne van Essen has a lot of interesting work on her site. Of course my favourite are the white books. I will never tire of all-things-white. To me, there is nothing more aesthetically pleasing than a book full of white pages. Isn't it lovely how, even though the photographs are all of white objects, there are so many different colours.

The sculptural books evolved from a delight in pure form, with the play of light creating shadows and volume. I was also excited by the combination of delicate detail and strength, and of simplicity and complexity - also by the surprise element created when the flat book covers opened to reveal thrusting sculptural forms. Sometimes I like to combine images and words and colour, fracturing them with cuts, but at other times I like to emphasize the geometry and symmetry of abstract sculpture.
- Taken from artist's statement.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kinetica Art Fair

I recieved an email this morning from Spoonfed about a competition to win tickets to the Kinetica Art Fair at the Kinetica Museum in London from 28th Feb - 2nd March.

For the first time ever in the UK, a fair dedicated exclusively to kinetic art. Kinetica Art Fair features all manner of computerised, mechanical and robotic art contraptions, including pole-dancing robots, neon ladders and carnivorous lampshades... At Kinetica Art Fair you can expect to see weird and wonderful works by some of the world’s leading kinetic artists, including Chris Levine, Tim Lewis, Chris O'Shea and Daniel Chadwick.

It looks super cool! I'm off to try to win myself some tickets...

Lou Lou Loves Books

I have just discovered this amazing site, home of Lou Lou Loves Books; a very talented book enthusiast, designer, and maker. The site design is gorgeous, very inspiring, as my site is looking a little worse for wear (that's another way to say really, really crap). Oh dear...

Friday, February 13, 2009

I really, really, can't BELIEVE I missed this...

Gary Kachadourian's solo show at the Gormley gallery. Oh yes, I can... it's in Baltimore, Maryland. Darn it... the show finished in December.

The prints are all from 8.5″x11″ drawings that are scanned at 1200dpi and then converted to life size. The files that are used for the prints are TIFF BITMAPS at 200dpi. The largest sections are 170″x36″, trimmed and taped together.
I can think of at least a hundred things which I would like to print life size. I quite fancy doing the whole of the inside of my house and sticking it onto the ceilings. What about a roller coaster? Or an extra few of me, just hanging out? Or... got any good ones? Actually, this reminds me of a huge still life drawing I did at college. I miss so much of my old work which I was stupid enough not to document at the time. That would be my biggest tip for new artists and makers - PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING!

Oh yes, I found this over at Printeresting.

I have a hugely busy work-making weekend planned. Also, we're off the the wonderful Troubador for our romantic Valentine's evening, which will include food, wine, and good live music. I hope you all have a lovely time, whatever it is you're doing.

I love you more than __________.

Paperwhite studio wants to depart from hte cliche Valentine's sentiment and find out the real things we use as a measuring stick for love.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Wall Notebook

I wish I had this notebook...

TBWA/Hakuhodo Offices

... I wish I worked in this office...

Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst

... and I wish I had painted these paintings.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Uniting American Families Act

The Uniting American Families Act will be introduced in the House of Representatives tomorrow, Thursday, February 12, 2009, by Rep. Jerrold Nadler [NY-8]. If passed, this Act would immediately remedy one of the 1,138 federal rights denied same-sex couples: the right to sponsor a same-sex partner for immigration.

A national coalition of LGBT-rights groups, including Immigration Equality, Marriage Equality USA, Out4Immigration, Join the Impact, API Equality, and Love Exiles, is asking everyone to take a moment to call your representative in Washington to ask that they join Rep. Nadler as a co-sponsor of this bill.

There are two things you can do:

1) Contact your U.S. Representative (instructions below)

2) Tell your friends and family about yourself and ask them to call their representative

Sample email to friends and family

As you know, my partner and I cannot move back to the USA because I cannot sponsor him/her for a Green Card (Permanent Resident status) to legally stay in the USA. We would like the same opportunity as other couples to settle in USA if we want to, especially considering that all of my family and many friends live there.

Our relationship/ marriage is not recognized by the U.S. Federal Government for several purposes including immigration due to the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) signed by Bill Clinton. This means that my partner cannot obtain US residency as my spouse which she/he could do without question if we were an opposite-sex couple.

The "Uniting American Families Act of 2009" does not propose to recognize same-sex marriage, but it is the best prospect we have for change in the immigration laws that will allow me to sponsor my long-term partner for permanent residency. This act contains several different provisions including changes to all references in immigration law to "husband or wife" to "spouse or partner".

Please help get this act passed by following the instructions below. Thank you for your efforts and please pass along this information to your friends and families too.

To Love in the USA

Happy Valentines Day,

Contacting your U.S. Rep

Find out who your representative is at http://www.congress onlinedb/ index.htm, then call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your U.S. Representative.

Tell your representative’s staff:

I am calling to ask Representative ____________ ____ to be an original cosponsor of the Uniting American Families Act of 2009. To co-sponsor, he/she must contact Rep. Jerrold Nadler who is the lead sponsor.

The U.S. government discriminates against gay and lesbian binational couples by not allowing us to sponsor our foreign-born life partners for immigration. Because of this, we face the terrible choice of long term separation from the person we love or leaving behind our country, families, jobs, communities, and friends.

As Americans, they should not have to choose between family and country.

Please ask Rep. ____________ _____ to co-sponsor the Uniting American Families Act of 2009 by reaching out to Rep. Nadler right away.

Immigration Equality: http://www.immigrat ionequality. org

Marriage Equality USA: http://www.marriage equality. org

Out4Immigration: http://www.out4immi

Love Exiles: http://www.loveexil

Join the Impact: http://www.jointhei mpact.