Sunday, 11 April 2010

Happy Sunday...

two achingly girlie shots from Randi Brookman online portfolio.



Thursday, 8 April 2010

placement perfection....

Another day, another task. I know that I should be painting and finishing up some final designs in my sketchbook but whilst doing research for lovely images for my blog I do find myself getting carried away. One great site leads to another, then another, until 2 hours later and I have an ambundance of lovely images to choose from but no new work infront of me.
I'm going to start timing myself I think, getting my research down to an hour or less.... very hopeful but I'm sure it can be done. And besides once I have some new jacquard lengths woven off in about a weeks time, I can blog about them which will take less time to do I imagine.
But today, I have been looking at my favourite interior stylists for inspiration, I really want a great collection of photographs taken of my final project, so looking over some stylists portfolios for inspiration on layout and lighting really helps a lot.
I thought I would share some images of two of my favourite stylists here.

These images are from the wonderful Rebecca Thuss, her work is so colourful and often centres around the use of flowers in her set ups. They always manage to look so considered and thought out whilst still maintaining a fun and naturally placed quality to the photographs.

Another favourite, Atlanta Bartlett. Her website is fantastic, showcasing such a high volume of imagery in her portfolio. My favourite shots are from the pale and interesting section, I think it takes real talent to make a room look atmospheric and interesting with hardly any use of colour. Even when only using a few objects, the shot still manages to create interest, often through the use of varied textures and surface finish.

Some of my other favourite stylists are listed below, I have resisted the temptation to put an image with each name, I have a degree to pass so I should spend some time on that now.

  • Selina Lake
  • Stella Nicolaisen
  • Shana Faust
  • Randi Brookman
  • Lucyina Moodie
  • Studio Too Good

I hope you find someone in the list that takes your interest.

Bye for now


Saturday, 3 April 2010

hand art...

So today I have stepped away from doing my sketchbook work and have decided to do a little more contextual research, I'd like to class this as work, but really, trawling through blogs and websites to find pretty imagery really is a hobbie, if not a love of mine.

I've really launched myself into looking at more decorative patterns, after looking at traditional artists such as A.H Mackmurdo and Lindsay Butterfield I wanted to research ways inwhich new artists use traditional decorative patterns in a contemporary way. I thought ceramics would be a great area to look at, surface pattern in ceramics is as popular and stylish as ever and I have came across two brilliantly different, but equally talented ceramic artists.
First up is Lizzie Brown, a ceramic maker and designer who specialises in tiles. Her work is not decorative but I love the simplicity of her tiles, and the focus on colour combinations.

The second ceramic artist is someone I really admire... I think I may even have an art crush on this woman. Her name is Samantha Robinson. She has an amazing website which displays her beautiful work and really demonstrates the theme and concept of her brand and products.
Here are a few of my favourite pieces, but as you will see, her website and shop are jam packed with wonderful hand made pieces of porcelain.

After seeing such beautiful ceramics I think I am going to dedicate a whole area of research to this craft, I've always been interested in ceramic design so I think it's only natural that I carry on with my research into this subject area. With this I think I'm going to spend the next few hours collecting some more lovely images, which I will no doubt put up on here within a day or so.
For now, I bid you all farewell.
Happy Easter weekend.

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