Thursday, 25 August 2011

The rain of Kuniyoshi

The Royal Academy of Arts here in London held an exhibition of Utagawa Kuniyoshi block prints a couple of years ago. It was an amazing collection of work and I would say that along with the Mexican Revolutionary Prints exhibition, which I have blogged about before, it was a major influence of me wishing to start out printmaking. The skill, beauty and variety of Kuniyoshi's work is unbelievable and if you get the chance to see an exhibition of his work then it comes highly recommended. If there isn't an exhibition coming to near you soon then buy a book of his work, you won't regret it. I got the catalogue from the exhibition and it is something I regularly look at.

I particularly like the way he represents rain. In straight, deliberate lines at the foreground of the image it really gives the impression of a downpour. Something which is hard to represent while not taking attention away from the rest of the image. I'm sure you'll agree that the images above are stunningly beautiful. Towards the top of my list of things to buy when I am rich: an original Kuniyoshi print.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Richard Woods

I really like the bright, contrasting colours Richard Woods uses in his works. This combined with an hand drawn aesthetic makes everything I see done by him really pleasing. I would love to be able to commission him to design part of my house but for now I will have to make do with one of the mugs he designed!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

More new designs

Been busy coming up with new designs over the last few weeks and happy to say that the below and more are available on my Etsy, shortly on my Folksy and on my upcoming market stalls.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Weekend plans

Got a busy weekend planned; full of printmaking, market stalls and exhibitions. Tomorrow is a day of printmaking and then a stall at Barboot in the evening. Barboot is a market in Crouch End, north London, where local independent shops open up in the evening and are filled with craft stalls. It is going to be the first time we have done it and it is pretty exciting. It runs from 19.30 to 22.30.

Saturday and Sunday, we're going to have a stall at the Cabbages and Kings market in Stoke Newington. Last time we did this market there was some amazing stuff there and I am looking forward to seeing what the other stallholders have this time too. It is open from 11.00 to 17.00 on both days.

Then finally on Monday we are going to have a gallery day in central London bopping around on our bikes and visiting some exhibitions. So far we have the Treasures of Heaven and Australian Prints at the British Museum, and Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want at the Hayward Gallery. If there is anything else you think we should be visiting which is on in London at the moment, let me know in the comments.

'Mingmarriya', 1997, by Queenie McKenzie