oceans and arrows

oceans and arrows

Monday, March 29, 2010

jar design inspiration

I love these products. I found them in London many years ago, but then visited many of their shops in Australia, the best being in Melbourne. They smell amazing and are beautiful with their brown glass bottles. The packaging design is superb. I was looking through a booklet I grabbed when I was there and founf these images and they gave me inspiration for some new jar drawings, so beautiful.....

non typeface

I have been going through all my books that I have made and found this old book of type I made for Art Director and amazing director Stephen Baillie. I was illustrating a lot at the time and he was creative director for SURFACE magazine and he would give me little projects! He told me to go home and make a bunch of type, do treatments etc. This was like my art school since I never went, all these people giving ways to practice and pressing upon me the art of experimentation. I liked his influence and his work is incredible. I have no idea where he is now, but if this reaches you Stephen would love to catch up one of these days.....
Here are some pages from my book called "TYPO"
My agent would take this book to meetings and people would of course have many comments to make like "it's great" or " it's shit" or "wow, she's angry" I thought that was silly...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Back from Montana

The Big Beautiful Blue open sky of Montana was in full force these past few days. I have not been there for nearly 20 years and I fell in love with it all over again. It was an amazing few days and I am so grateful to have had that time there with someone who I think is quite amazing. Thank you.
So it is back to work now... I am going to finish that huge canvas this week (I Hope).
But here are some new pieces featured last week in my interview with "Sight Unseen". They did a lovely invitation for me to make some work for them and it was really good fun. I tried out some new stuff like stitching paper together on my sewing machine. I like what happened with it all, here is some of it...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

a big thank you

to design sponge for such a lovely feature on my home and my work, as well al the compliments and comments that people have made! I have had an amazing response from everyone and I am very grateful.
I will be organizing myself over the next few days to present an inventory of the work that is for sale and also a price list. I do not have a gallery. it is just little old me and I sell from my home where I have the work hung or stored in my little itty bitty studio.
I am completing a new series of stitched and painted works on paper and canvas that will be monumentally huge in size. it will be another week or so before they are able to be seen as I am checkin out thursday to go on a  little vacation to Montana...

here are two of my favorite collages..

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Busy beautiful weekend

So this week was intensely full of things to finish, deadlines and chores galore, but we had a lot of fun friday onwards... It is still continuing as we speak, as it a very special persons 2 nd birthday today, Lily Gallagher and we have major party plans for that. Happy Birthday Lily!
But otherwise where do I start. Friday night Kodie and I built a tent in the dining room. I used fabric remnants that I had been sewing all week and these 8 foot birch-wood poles. We had a dinner party saturday and some of us, (mostly the kids and I) ate inside it. It was like a pow wow with wine, beer and tacos, awesome! The lighting inside the tent was supplied by my old assistant now on his way to stealing my jobs, Christopher white of www.whiteslate.com He will be selling them soon and they are stunningly beautiful.

So that is the tent. The other thing that happened was that I got this amazing surprise  email from Kostas Anagnopolous , this write who I adore. His writing is magical to me. His first book "Daydream" is the one I have and I have quoted it here on my blog. Anyhow, it turns out we have a mutual friend and she has informed him that I had featured a small snippet of his writing here and I guess he was pleased to see it. i got a lovely  email and I am getting a copy of one of his new books "Various Sex Acts" in the mail! He is doing a reading this week in NYC and I will be going to meet him, which I am thrilled about! If you have a chance you should check it out too! He is genius.

Here is another excerpt
"Water under the bridge
Comfort tucked in there too
Releasing an ambient Glow
Like an antique hearing aid
In the form of a shell
Witness the pink sun. the woman and child walking beside it
As though they were closing the chapter in the history book
How we got here is our business
But we did and now what
I'd like to come up for air"

SO the last thing we did all weekend was a test shoot with my incredible friend and favorite photographer John Kernick. I cmae up with this idea to do a shoot where we make the object or the notion of an object out of itself in  multiples, we made a book out of books, a teapot, out of tea bags, and a can of paint out of cans of paint, we did a few varieties, they will be up on y site in myportfolio soon, but for now here is a peek!