Sunday, 29 January 2012

Pattern making

I spent a large part of this weekend making patterns:

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

We made a trip up to Birmingham yesterday to see the Craft Council's Lost in Lace exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. While not a massive lace fan, my partner is and I was pleasantly surprised that a few of the pieces in the exhibition I really loved. 

Nils Völker uses Tyvek to produce breathing sculptures:

Chiharu Shiota uses black thread to create grids in which she places objects which makes them inaccessible and distant:

And Kathleen Rogers uses Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Confocal Laser Microscopy (CLM) to map lace and produce a really interesting - almost sci-fi - film which an ambient soundtrack

Also in the gallery was the Tessa Sidey Bequest which is a series of around 30 prints given to the gallery by a former Curator of Prints and Drawings upon her death. The stand out pieces for me were an inkless etching by Josef Albers and a linocut by Anthony Davies - it's just a shame I didn't take better pictures.

The gallery is housed in a Georgian building and has a couple of spectacular rooms:

On leaving the museum, the city's library is opposite and there was a lovely piece of commissioned art wrapping around one side:

Sunday, 22 January 2012

My tools

My tools
Linocut with hand drawn detail

Monday, 16 January 2012

Linocut with hand drawn detail

Sunday, 15 January 2012

New year, new ideas

2011 was a crazy year, I started it by going on a Printmaking course at City Lit at the beginning of the year and following that began to make cards and wrapping paper. I set up a couple of online shops through Etsy and Folksy then received a huge order from Lane Crawford, a department store in Hong Kong who wanted to stock my products. I also sold my wares on market stalls throughout the summer and onto Christmas as well as being stocked in a couple of small boutique gift shops in east London - Of Cabbages and Kings in Stoke Newington and Factory Press in Homerton

After a manic pre-Christmas period with making and markets it was lovely to have a short break but now I am back at my desk working with the ideas which have been bouncing around my head. I have loads of exciting ideas ready to be unleashed in 2012 and can't wait to see where Hand Printed by David takes me next.  

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Sonia Delaunay and avant-garde pattern

Sonia Delaunay was part of the avant-garde movement during the 1920s and 1930s producing textiles, surface patterns and prints. Just beautiful - would love an exhibition to come to London soon. Much of her work was commissioned by the Dutch department store Metz who are now owned by Liberty's. Hopefully Liberty's still produce some of these designs.

These images are taken from Colour Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, published by Thames & Hudson.