Sunday, 31 October 2010
I have been making some stitched linen scarves for Craft Victoria.
The "warm" coloured side of a patchwork yoga matt cover.
And wondering whether I should open my early Christmas present to myself: Taschen's giant book of the circus.
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Above: Minute Man servicemen, 1954
Above: Miss Bell Telephone, 1951 and Mr Bell Telephone, 1941
Above: Buffalo Bee, c.1962
Above: Vassarette Girl, c. 1946
All from Meet Mr. Product: the Art of the Advertising Character by Warren Dotz and Masud Husain, Chronicle, San Francisco, 2003.
Clearly I like my advertising characters to have a bit of movement: though I wouldn't have been conscious of that before doing this post.
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Some mirrors in progress too. Finally a productive day in the studio -- despite the sunshine outside!
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
...Ha ha! I love "a dash of wrongness"! Thanks Jo. And Lara! My lucky little man. And doesn't he look like he wants to make a move on Devon Smith's brooch girl above? She will have none of that, stern little thing that she is.
He is waiting patiently in the etsy shop too for those who do not succeed in winning the cards that Frankie has on offer. There are mini prints to be had as well.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Images from The Illustrated Family Doctor, London, 1935. I love these pictures, I find them both quaint and poetic. And they make me think of the work of the Belgian artist Michael Borremans, which is always a bonus.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Above: These patterns were called mignonettes, for reasons that are probably obvious.
Above: swatches sent to Christophe Philippe Oberkampf in 1791, confirming a textile order. Those who work in the fashion industry today know that some things haven't changed: although the rows of little numbered swatches that we see now aren't quite as captivating.
All from Susan Meller & Joost Elffers, Textile Designs, Thames and Hudson 1991. A fantastic reference for anyone interested in beautiful textiles and their social context.
By the way, my work was recently featured in the brilliant Rojo and Garabato magazine from Spain! Do look at all of the issues if you have the time.
AND I was also recently interviewed in a special "Crafty Illustrators" edition of the Illustrators Australia members' magazine Outline. Daniel asked great questions (he certainly does his homework) and I learned alot from the two other women he interviewed as well.
I will attach the pdf of the magazine if someone out there can explain how to do it!
Sunday, 10 October 2010
I love to paint textile details, which is just as well seeing as I have designed a textile or two for a living in my time. I have also fixed up the sleeve of last week's clock hand in progress, below.
Pages from one of my favourite books, Gentlemen: A Timeless Fashion, details here.
I have been wanting to make a cigar mirror too, but I'm still skeptical about whether it could work.
(Pssst: I actually did very little work today: the sun -- and my lovely friend Anna and her family -- beckoned.)
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Or is it? We rarely need gloves in winter where I live; perhaps a reader from a colder climate will enlighten me and say that yes of course one has to wear a watch over one's glove.
Above: perhaps instead of thinking about the technicalities of winter gloves I should have been outside in the spring sunshine like everyone else in Melbourne today.
(By the way, I have ditched the polka dotted sleeve seen here because it was a little too cute: I kept thinking of a girl who has snuck outdoors on Christmas morning in her pyjamas. A brown checked coat may -- or may not -- strike a more appropriate balance.)