new advice to sink in slowly posters

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I think I have made it clear how I feel about the fantastic ongoing poster project advice to sink in slowly, which recent graduates of University College Falmouth create and pass onto first year students, since I have mentioned them before. If you enjoy them too, then you should pop over to Meighan’s blog (which is a great read btw) and sign up for her giveaway! Five lucky winners will receive a set of the five newest posters from the collection. This set includes works from Kareena Zerefos, Nigel Peake, Sian Williams, Barnaby Richards,and Oliver Sutherland. You can see for yourself why it’s hard to pick a favorite.

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After looking at these designs I am already jealous of whoever the lucky people are who will win. 🙂

Check out lots of other poster designs at the advice to sink in slowly flickr stream or shop. Their website is coming soon too, so be sure to bookmark it. Enter the giveaway at my love for you starting tomorrow (October 10th) through October 13th, 2008. Good luck to all!


rachel grimshaw ceramics

i do not frequently show non-functional ceramic art but i make the exception here for the minimally dynamic collection from uk artist rachel grimshaw. these slab-built pieces were inspired by architecture and natural forms found in arid desert areas, and are crafted from unglazed stoneware. i love the way the gritty textured pieces push and pull so nicely together.

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see more works from rachel here.


anna higgie illustration: let’s chat!

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i am straight up crazy about these illustrations from anna higgie. when i browse through her portfolio i feel like there’s something for everyone here: contemporary and vintage influences, notable technical skills and just the right combination of sensuality and emotion that make me want to scan the whole piece of paper with terminator-like precision, just to make sure i don’t miss any detail. there is grace, youth and style, bold graphic abstraction and honest curves on edges of eyes, shoulders and faces that celebrate the human form. let’s have a chat with anna and find out more!

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q: where do you live, and where do you create your art?
a: i was born in australia, but currently i live in bristol, in the south west of england. at the moment I make my work at home. i draw on a small scale (A4 and A3), so using my house as a studio is not a problem. i am thinking of renting a bigger space soon though, so i can make bigger things and make more mess.

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q: what is your background, and did you study art formally?
a: i grew up travelling around with my family. my father was a diplomat so we we would go back and forth between australia and europe. most of my memories from childhood are from living in vienna, where we spent four years. when i finished school i decided to go to study art at the national art school in sydney, australia. i spent three and a half years there studying painting, drawing and art history, and then moved to london with my family and studied design there for about a year.

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q: can you tell us a little about the techniques you use?
a: i work from photos a lot. i had some incredible drawing teachers at art school that really tightened up my technique. of course it was all life drawing at school, no photos. four hours a week every week for three years. i learnt that drawing is more a state of mind than a technique though. it is about seeing more than anything else, and about being highly critical and objective.

at the moment i love to use a pacer, which is one of those pencils that you click lead through. i haven’t used a pencil sharpener for years. i also love pantone ink pens, and i have to have nice paper, with a good thickness, and not too white.

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q: do you think your work has transformed since you started making art?
a: i still have my sketchbooks from when i first started really getting into drawing when i was about thirteen years old. i hope there has been a lot of development since then, but i know that fundamentally a few things have never really changed. i have always had a preoccupation with feminine beauty, and in a certain type of clean technique and use of materials. i think i have gained confidence and learnt a few tricks since then though.

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q: what is the price range of your collection?
a: i sell drawings for 200 – 300 pounds and giclee prints for 60 – 80 pounds. i do commissions at varying rates. it depends how much the project interests me.

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q: what is the inspiration behind your collection?
a: my inspiration is the possibility that i might one day make something truly beautiful.

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q: do you have a favorite piece you have created or a favorite theme to work with?
a: my favourite theme: poetic beauty vs. hard edge graphics. here are two of my faves…

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q: i find many of the images in your portfolio provocative, and even when your subjects are at rest there is still a very powerful feeling that comes through – something dynamic and alive. is there a specific message you are trying to send through these pieces?
a: i am not trying to send a message at all. i choose my subjects because of something intangible that speaks to me in a face or a gesture. i suppose it could be called beauty, but i think it is a melancholic sort of beauty.

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q: where can we go to see your collection in person, and is there anything else meaningful you would like to include here?
a: i am trying to find the perfect time and place for a show right now. if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, i would love to hear them.

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select pieces of anna’s work are available for purchase at nucleus. see anna’s website to view her complete collection, purchase other original works and contact her.

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thank you anna!


gypsy and twink collage art: miniview

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pssst. let me take you into my imagination for a moment today if you will: a dappled candy forest filled with dark chocolate trees and gumdrop leaves, a rambling dulce de leche river, cotton candy clouds and tiny meringue mushrooms that the sprites regularly whip up into a tasty risotto. if such a place existed i do believe it would be populated by the charming birds, little ladies and other creatures crafted by kirsty macintosh, aka etsy seller gypsyandtwink. equally fitting on a shelf in a child’s room or a family room, these enchanting three dimensional collage pieces, with their vivid colors and patterns, just make my imagination go cuckoo. ever curious to know more about the brains behind the operation, i asked a few quick questions…

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q: where do you live and what is your inspiration for these happy creatures?
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i am a scottish lass living in the north of england. as far as inspiration goes – its everywhere isn’t it? i just love colour and pattern and shape in and amongst all that these things seem to pop up. i want to make nice things that put a smile on your face.

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q: do you have an art background?
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yes my background is art, i have a masters of fine art, and for the last 10 years or so i have worked in art education, community art and public art. i like to help other people bring their ideas to life. now i’m having a go at making my living through the things i make…the “art” world as such scares me a bit so i guess making the things i do. i like their simplicity, they don’t need to be “understood” because they just are… does that make sense?

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q: who are gypsy and twink? are they the owl and the elephant in your shop?
a:
gypsy & twink were actually my two siamese cats i had when i was growing up… their names go together so well in my head.

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purchase these pieces and see kirsty’s complete collection over at her etsy shop.

thank you kirsty!


twig stool and bench by russell pinch

i am quite smitten by the gorgeous twig stool and bench from english furniture maker russell pinch. it’s made from the offshoots or stems from the stumps of hazel or sweet chestnut trees from a local forest, in a technique called coppicing.

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see more beautiful work from russell here, and purchase these pieces and more beautiful, earth friendly goods at one eco home (based in the uk).

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floridium clock

look at this stunning floridium clock designed by yee ling wan (the designer of the the ghost clock) for uk company innermost. it is a take (perhaps more robust than the ghost clock) on a traditional carriage clock but uses materials of mirror, glass, leather, steel and crystal for a more modern presentation.

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find the clock at the design museum shop, and see more interesting products on the innermost website.


bob crooks art glass

it may be sunny outside today, but we are still in the throes of winter here and i still need my shots of color. i will take them with gusto from the inspired glass work of uk artist bob crooks. bob is an internationally exhibited artist who has a studio in devon, and his one of a kind collection is made entirely by hand. bob is inspired by the material itself, in addition to architecture, nature and geometry. drilling deeper into those ideas he has made a success putting together soft curves and crisp angles with cloudy and clear surfaces. he has created a collection that compels us to discover the details.

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this work makes me feel good, looking at the colors. this work makes me feel inspired, to see someone who so clearly, masterfully, effortlessly seems to integrate his talents and skills. we should all be so lucky to do that. we should all be so lucky.

see more beauty on bob’s website. when visiting the victoria and albert museum, be sure to look for his work there in the permanent collection. you might also be able to spot select pieces at cecilia colman, tracey macnee and the steam gallery at beer.


suck uk drumstick pencils

i just need to share that i am bleary-eyed this morning. i think i mentioned that my husband’s birthday was at the end of january? i gave him the rock band video game for his gift, thinking it would be fun for him to play with his friends, but now i think i’m obsessed. gah! seriously, this thing is SO MUCH FUN. but i digress. check these clever pencils out from our friends at suck uk, for the musician in your life.

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purchase them at suck uk in sets of two for £0.00 (us $0.00). whee! just kidding – apparently they’re not in stock yet so there is no price. i know i will definitely be tapping out nirvana’s in bloom on my desk as soon as i can buy these myself (even though i like being the singer in the band)!

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