Friday, 9 November 2012
I cannot function without a lovely cup of freshly brew tea first thing in the morning. My grandmother taught me how to always warm the pot and had a caddy full of fresh leaf tea bought at the Co-op. Tea and tea drinking seems woven throughout my life. My other grandmother served tea on a special trolley from a stainless steel pot and always used bags not loose leaf! China Cups were obligatory in all the households and my love of drinking tea from a delicate vintage cup remains to this day. My grandfather would refer to a 'good sergeant Major's brew' when it was particularly strong. Teapots come in all shapes and sizes and I recently spotted these wonderful creations at Made Crafts fair in Marylebone. The delightful Ita Drew is a multi-talented artist working in many mediums but her ceramic work really caught my eye. Ita takes inspiration from the poems of William Blake and says she wants her pieces to appear fantastical and childlike with undertones of adult reflection. I think she has certainly succeeded in this! I am not sure I would put boiling water inside these pieces of art they are far too precious.
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Earlier in the year I had a lovely afternoon with my good friend Flora pounding the streets of Brighton in search of various open studios. We left west London rather late in the day and only had time to visit one or two! The priority was the show case of the work of Sarah Young and I treated myself to a beautiful linocut print. Sarah has worked as an illustrator many years recently working on a book of Greek Myths. I love her monoprints and one of my favourite pieces are her wonderful tattooed ladies! They remind me of the strange circus performers of Victorian England.
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
This wonderful tiled floor is a fabulous mix of designs and colours at the Highway House Brasserie in Chiswick London. They are made in the encaustic style so loved by the Victorians and I would like some in my house! Talking of patterns I have decided to get cracking on my photographic collages. Please click on my link TODAY'S COLLAGE on the right. I am hoping to create one a day to make the winter days more colourful. I have started with some felt flowers.
I had a real birthday treat last week when I met one of my artistic heroes, the delightful Mark Hearld. I was attending the launch for his stunning new book 'Workbook' . The book is a wonderful scrapbook full of visual inspiration. Mark has had a long fascination for the flora and fauna of the British countryside whether it be a jay perched on an oak branch, hares out in the fields or a mute swan standing at the frozen water’s edge they are all beautifully represented in his bold work. He is heavily influenced by Picasso and British artists of the 30's and 40's particularly Edward Bawden, Eric Ravillious and John Piper. Like these artists he chooses to work in a range of media including paint, print, collage, textiles and ceramics. In 'Workbook' his works are grouped into nature related themes each introduced by Hearld, who narrates the story behind some of his creations and discusses his influences. It really was a pleasure to meet Mark and I hope to visit his open studio in York next year. In the mean time I am inspired to create my own autumnal