Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The End is Nigh...


Nearly got the last batch of dolls finished :) Will post pics of the end results soon...

Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Good, The Bad and The Divine...

I received a tweet the other day from a lady called Brandy Shaloo admiring my work and asking if I'd mind being featured on her website! The site in question is the excellent 'The Good, The Bad and The Divine' a site dedicated to the very best in fashion, art, photography, music and literature... I'd be foolish to turn down such an offer!!
I'm incredibly pleased with the article Brandy's complied about me and my work, and extremely grateful for the support, please check out the feature here:  http://www.good-bad-divine.com/2012/01/badge-makes-art.html

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Painters Progress...




A good friend of mine dropped by the studio the other day and saw the dolls I've been working on, she was surprised to see how they're painted, she's only ever seen the finished ones before and as a non-painter she was curious as to how I paint them... rather than post step by step pictures I'll post a few shots of various stages to try give an overview of the process.
It's basically 5 or 6 colour/mixes all built up in very thin washes/layers, some colours take a while to build up others not so much - time consuming but rewarding! This piece is on the second stage of colour [a yellowy creamy colour]

Monday, 2 January 2012

Bones and Bubbles....













Bit of experimentation from the studio....
So I had a little stack of the x-ray cyanotypes I did during the summer, well I say summer it was raining whilst I developed them! anyway's I was thinking of how to use them within my work, they do of course stand up as photographs but I kept thinking they looked like they needed something more... so whilst working on the collage I was doing for the C.A.C.S collaborative project  I started playing with the leftover paint/bubbles and before you know it I'd started printing bubbles onto the cyanotypes.
I've used up the majority of the cyanotypes [the ones that turned out] so I need to do some more to continue experimenting with the idea, but for me its exciting to do something that I have very little control over, the bubbles and printing them onto the image are virtually random - since I'm printing off the bubbles blind [image face down] and I developed the cyanotypes using sunlight, so I'm again surrendering control, that doesn't happen very often in my work, but I'm quite enjoying it!!
I'm starting to get interested in the links between medicine and magic - not sure were that's leading but I think these are a good little exercise and perhaps a starting point for the idea?? there's a sort of link there somewhere I'm sure... to be honest it was more playing than planning, but I think it could develop or manifest itself somewhere or somehow in my newer works... I certainly like the contrast of order and chaos [bones and bubbles] and even the abstractness of the results... most of all I like the pretty patterns and colours :)