Sunday, 9 November 2014

Cinder Embers by Mister Finch at Anthropologie Kings Road London

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to an event to mark the opening of the new exhibition by textile artist extraordinaire Mister Finch.

What an amazing exhibition it is.  Inspired by the devastating fire that tore through Parisian taxidermist Deyrolle, the work reflects the post-fire remains with soot-blackened animals, books and papers.  All created in achingly beautiful renditions of animals, insects and magical creatures.  For those people wanting to get a taste of the work we see online and in Mister Finch's book Living in a Fairytale World, then look no further.  There are special edition copies of the book in the store and the gallery at Anthropologie is a wonderful space for stepping into a magical place.  The exhibition runs until 4 January and I would urge a visit to get close to this wonderful stitching magic.

Crowned Swan and giant toadstool in the window of Anthropologie
I loved the hands of the Toadstool on his travels.

Wonderful giant fox
Dancing toadstool fairy folk

Detail of swan
Stately hare
The seven foot fox draws you in by its sheer size, but don't miss the delights of a suitcase-wielding funghi, dancing toadstool pixies and a regal swan.  I have written more about this fabulous exhibition in the December issue of Workshop on the Web, which will be published on 1 December.

But if this exhibition wasn't enough for a visit, you can ignore the wonder that is Anthopologie at Christmas-time.  The festive decorations instore were a delight, and I need to go back clutching my Christmas list as there were many beautiful things to buy there.

Mister Finch: Living in a Fairytale World is available from Anthropologie and Amazon:  

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Sketchbook Auction for Teenage Cancer Trust

Workshop on the Web launched a Sketchbook Challenge in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust earlier in the year and I have been hard at work at my sketchbook over the past few months.

I don't normally work from sketchbooks, and use the odd page for printing or trying things out. This exercise has been something of a revelation to me as I set myself a task of creating a themed sketchbook.

My theme was feathers, as I did some feathery work in the book Cut Shape Stitch.

Cut, Shape, Stitch

The first thing I did was work on my cover.  I used Stix2 Texture Sheets and using a tutorial in Pam Carriker's book Creating Art at the Speed of Life, I made my own sketchbook.  I printed a collage of feathers with a colour filter applied and stuck the texture sheets (they are self-adhesive) onto my first and last signatures.  The tassels were made using Kreinik metallic ribbons in purple and blue (peacock feather colours).

These are some of the pages I worked on:

feathers manipulated on Photoshop and printed onto a variety of surfaces and watercolour painting of a feather.

I used Inktense pencils on this feather to create a mix between crisp lines and softer watercoloured edges

Gelli Plate Printed feathers.  I did for the poor feather by the end - it looked distinctly bedraggled, although it did display a fine array of colour

More Gelli Plate printed feathers, outlined with further detail with black pen

stamps and Scan n Cut feathers

Scan n Cut feathers.  The blue feathers were a design worked on in Cut Shape Stitch

Another Gelli Printed feather (another bedraggled feather assortment by the end).

All the sketchbooks that have been received will be featured in the December issue of Workshop on the Web, where there will be details on the auction that will take place.  All proceeds will go towards Teenage Cancer Trust.  I have my eye on a few so far...