Friday, 11 December 2009


I've been so horrendously busy these past few weeks.
Just handed in my first (and penultimate) project of my final year.
I am relieved, but sad. Though incredibly excited for January/February and the project I have planned, if I pull this off, then I'll be so pleased.

I have a whole host of images to post from a recent trip to Oxford. I'll have to do it tonight when I'm safely tucked up by the fire.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

I Keep My Knife Sharp

I don't know what it is, but something about the music of this woman captivates me.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Thursday, 5 November 2009

All Hallows

I've really slacked off this past seven days. I went down to London/Essex on Friday. A halloween and birthday extravaganza weekend.
For halloween we made some masks and then spent the early evening walking the streets surrounding St Pauls Cathedral, on our own home made ghost tour.
We never anticipated the sheer volume of people who were on paid/organised ghost tours though, and ended up running into many. We took our usual, cynical approach to it, and became quite sinister beings.
We also came across a rather frightening place, Amen Corner, which is walled in by an old prison wall. They used to walk prisoners along a pathway behind this wall towards their execution. Gruesome. There is a story that around two centuries or so ago, a fat old man was imprisoned for practicing witchcraft. The inmates killed him and, in an act of cannibalism, ate him. Each of the men who took part in killing or eating him were later served their comeuppance when a strange black dog-like creature began to haunt, kill or frighten them to death, until none of them were left.
As rumour goes, a strange shapeless black shadow is often seen gliding along the top of the wall, only to slink down the side and disappear.

Needless to say, when we got there, we were suitable frightened, and the ominous dark only served to make our imaginations run wild. Rustling in bushes and strange pulling on my coat surely saw to it that we got our halloween fright.

Well, now for some photos of this escapade.
Top to bottom: our masks, sitting in a graveyard, the moon above the church, me lurking in the dark courtyard, just a nice one of us.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Feathers and Feathers and Feathers

The word is starting to lose all meaning.

Last night I made some paper feathers inspired by these:

by Alicia Lynn I found them on her etsy shop, but here is her blog which is more up-to-date (I think!) Ten Dollar Drawings. I love her drawing style, *sigh* I'm jealous of her skills.

I'm thinking hard about where to take this project. I've done so much work with feathers now that it's going to be hard to bring anything else into it. I want to have a go at using vegetable dyes and bead weaving, but I'm fast running out of time. I think I need to re-evaluate and write my brief for this project before it runs away with me!
And so, yet more dreadful quality photographs. How I wish I had a camera.


Sunday, 25 October 2009

Feathers and Extra Hours

It makes me happy that the clocks went back an hour today. It was dark at 5pm. A sure sign of my favourite season: winter.
I'd be lost if I never had 6 months of dark, cold, biting winds and frost.
Not to mention how cosy I feel this evening, while the wind is howling in the blackness outside.
Hm, enough of my pseudo-poetic musings, I've really got so much work to be getting on with. I re-started my sketchbook because I decided that I ruined it by painting things without thinking about it. It's looking altogether too much my usual neutral palette though, I need to inject a hefty load of colour.

Here are a few (awful, phone camera quality) photo's of the work so far. I'm going to do some scanning tomorrow, hopefully have something of a visually pleasing quality.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Action Packed

It's been a busy week, I've had my boyfriend visiting.
Entering a gallery show to exhibit (and hopefully sell) a selection of postcards.
I'm going to keep them based on my Native American theme, perhaps do some small woven peices, or beadweaving.
£10 to enter 4, and selling for £20 each.

I bought a halloween themed cupcake yesterday, it had a pumpkin face made out of icing on top.
We had some fun with it:
running pumpkin man

Thursday, 15 October 2009


My dad has finally finished my cycle.
I can't wait to ride it around the streets of Nottingham.
Though how I will carry all my sketchbooks and folders with me is a conundrum yet to be solved.

my beautiful bike

Lack of Communication

I managed to move back to Nottingham relatively hassle free.
We just had to survive the past week and a half without the internet. Ha, I say it like it's one of the most difficult things to do. The novelty has almost worn off already. I feel like I ought to be getting on with some drawing, or painting.

Three days in to a new year and I already feel snowed under with work. It's nice to be back though, to feel motivated towards something.
This terms theme: Native Americans.
I'm about to go surfing the blogs of the world for some inspiring images.
I'll finish with a photo of the first page of my sketchbook.
(Small and crappy quality...all i have is my webcam!)


Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Busy Times

Suddenly everything became quite busy and hectic.
I've been sitting down knitting for much of the day, a resting day, if you will.
I'm moving in to my new flat at the weekend. I'm also getting my self into gear, ready to start my third and final year at uni.
I also have a small list of things to do, such as finishing my sock and getting used to riding my bike, it's been nearly 10 years since I last owned one!

Just something visual quickly.

Illustration by Julian Callos

Friday, 25 September 2009

Eerie Art

Whilst browsing through Sci-Fi-O-Rama a couple of days ago, I found Simen Johan
A photographer/artist hailing from Sweden, his exhibitions use photographs of a variety of animals set against bleak and desolate landscapes, giving a strange and creepy atmosphere. Along with these images are strange and surreal 'sculptures', (I would call them taxidermy, but that doesn't quite seem right), creatures that look more like they belong withing a nightmare or horror movie.
They remind me of creatures that are conjured up in the dead of night by a childs imagination.
Beautifully haunting.

from exhibition Until the Kingdom Comes 2204-2009

Damson Jam

I was supposed to be making some damson jam with my dad today. It's a shame that I can't control this sleeping pattern.
I've been thinking more about my octopus drawings and what to do with them.
I've been planning a painting of one for quite some time, I just need to find my painting skills again. I haven't done a proper painting for years, not since art college.

I miss college days.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

New Header

I've missed you Photoshop.



I love to draw with fineliner. The inky, scratchy qualities.
This is just a little detail of a sketch of an octopus. The whole picture didn't turn out to my liking in the end.

Say, that header is so boring. I'll make a better one.

Knitting Stockings


I've been working on these stockings since last winter. Honestly, I've done the majority of the work in the past few weeks.

I'm hoping to get them finished by the end of October, ready for the winter. I just need a bit of guidance from my mother on how to shape the foot tomorrow, and this first one ought to be finished by Monday.