A book for art and cat lovers : History of Art in 21 Cats

by Nia Gouldhttps://niaski.co.uk.

This humorous and witty picture book uses the cat as a guide to enlighten us about the different and fascinating art movements throughout history. This is Art history as you’ve never experienced it before- with a large helping of cattitude. From the old masters to the modernists, the moggy as muse.

Feline friends have stalked the studios of many artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keefe, so, it only seems entirely fitting to enlist 21 cultured cats to navigate a journey through art history.

From ancient Egyptian and Byzantine art to the wacky and wildly successful world of the Young British Artists, explore the styles that characterized important art movements and the artists who led them. Each cat is depicted in the style of the art movement that is being shown. For example the Egyptian cat has an ornate eye and the colour palette of the Egyptians is explained.

         To show renaissance art, the Mona Lisa has been represented in cat form.

We have Rococo cats, impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Pointillism, Symbolism, Fauvism and Cubism. Dada, Destijl, Magic Realism, Art Deco and all the major art movements of the twentieth century are represented. The book ends with a feline timeline. This will make a great gift for any cat lover.  

From Michael O’Mara books £12.99

Installations made from recycled waste featured at Maison des Metallos during Paris Design Week

As part of Paris Design week the Maison des métallos held an exhibition of recycled art. The first exhibitor is Sophie Helene. She uses recycled plastic and netting to create her installations many of which are photographed in natural surroundings. The piece above is made from cartridge wrappings.

The work below is made from piecing together Tetrapac that have been opened up and flattened

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The work below is made from different coloured rubber gloves

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This hanging is made from the bases of drinks cans

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Dadave makes art works from recycled computer components.

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The Colourist

The art of colourful living  by Annie Sloan

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The Colourist is a Bookazine and is Annie Sloan‘s latest venture. The current plan is to publish bi-yearly, but don’t quote me on that.

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For those who don’t know, a bookazine, as it says on the tin, is a cross between a book and a magazine. It looks magazine like, but is printed  on much better paper. At £9.95 it is twice the price of a magazine, but it is a periodical that you will want to keep, as you would a book.

I did wonder if The Colourist would just be a vehicle for Annie to sell more of her excellent chalk paint. The paint does feature, but in such an inspirational and interesting way it doesn’t feel like an advertorial.

After an introduction by Annie, where she  espouses her love of colour, the Bookazine is divided into sections starting with  The colour hunter. This  includes, What is new, Annie’s picks, Designer Focus, Trend watch and a competition.

There are  inspirational features on designers both  current and historic such as Cressida Bell and Joseph Frank

 

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Homes collections include Charleston Farmhouse and new modern designers such as Lucy Tiffney and Tamsyn Morgans and Dutch artist Yvon van Bergen.

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There are  travel features and most importantly Annie’s work with Oxfam in Ethiopia.

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There are quite a few How To’s and Make Over’s and a lovely give away,  a  free style stencil accompanied by step by step photographs showing how to use the stencil, to create a tile table top.

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Before I finish this review I think it is important to mention Felix Sloan who is the creative director of The Colourist and Jane Toft, the Managing Editor. Jane is very imaginative and so in touch with the zeitgeist, it was she who started Mollie Makes and The Simple Things. Their combined hard work and design flair has created something truly desirable.

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Perhaps Annie should have the final word.

“It all boils down to sharing my passion for style and colour. I want to inspire everyone to get creative!”

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Graffiti

This is purely a visual post. I happened to be in Brighton last week and came across the first and last piece of graffiti, shown here, close by Brighton railway station. I particularly love the Banksy of the two policemen kissing.  This sums up Brighton at its best, alternative, tolerant and inclusive.

Each summer when Brighton has its art and craft festival more and more new pieces of graffiti appear on the walls of the town. The council are obviously very relaxed about this and it is a big tourist draw.

The rest of the images were on both sides of a narrow road down towards the Lanes. It is called Trafalgar Lane. It is narrow and I am astonished that the artists could stand far enough back  to see their work as they were constructing it.

 

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Lora Avedian at Howe for London Craft Week

London Craft Week runs from 9th – 13th May and there are some inspiring designs and demonstrations to be seen. One of the practitioners, with a temporary residency at Howe is, Anglo Armenian, Lora Avedian, multidisciplinary artist who graduated from the RCA with a masters in Mixed Media Textiles. Lora’s process begins with research often looking at historical textiles and ethnographic objects as a starting point. Her work is grounded in history which enables her to create innovative work with a fine balance between the old and the new. Inspired by ceremonies and folk costume: the symbolism of the objects, colours and embroidery techniques used throughout her work are all important to telling a visual story. The work created this week is available for purchase. As you have two days left make sure you get down there to see this wonderful creative work.

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Studio – Creative Spaces for Creative People

 

by Sally Coulthard

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If you are a designer, or just love creative people and enjoy seeing how and where they work, then this is must have book.

It is full of inspiration. The author, Sally Coulthard, lives on a farm where she rents out barns to artists. As she says ‘it’s a scruffy space, but the people who work there have transformed the building into something truly special. Not only have the artists organized their studios into useful spaces, they’ve also created rooms that express who they are and inform the work they produce. Each space reflects the personality of the person who works there –studios are like fingerprints, totally unique.’

The first part of the book has inspirational pictures and descriptions of different kinds of studio’s. Included are brights, mono, natural, industrial and collected.AlunCallenderPhoto_SarahCampbell_31_0125.jpg

The second part of the book is divided into different kinds of artists and designers and includes crafters, fashion and textile designers. Fine art, graphics and illustrators studios are featured as are the work shops of bloggers writers and photographers and last but not least are workshops and up-cyclers. nathalie leté 20(1)

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The final section of the book deals with practicalities of how to plan your studio, getting organized, desks, lighting and storage are all explored. As are work tops and drying spaces. If you want to set up your own studio you need look no further than here. The book is truly international showcasing designers and artists from many different countries.CathDerksema_FINAL_HIRES-7.jpg

A joy to read and a very useful handbook.

Published by Jacqui Small at £25

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Butterfly lamp shade

I had a lamp shade in need of some TLC  at the same time i had some very nice fabric remnants left over from other projects so I decided to combine them.

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You will need

A lampshade

Half meter of silk fabric

Half meter of Butterflies fabric

Bondaweb

Thin bendy wire

Wire cutters and small jewelers pliers

Sewing machine

Fabric Glue

Instructions

 

1.Roughly cut out the butterflies and iron onto Bondaweb.

  1. Cut out the bondawebbed butterflies, I saved three butterflies to iron onto the backing fabric, the others I made 3D.
  2. To make the 3D butterflies, cut two lengths of wire, and using the jewelers pliers bend to roughly the shape of the butterfly wings but slightly smaller. Or bend one piece of wire that goes under both wings.3 Cut wire shapes to fit underwings
  3. Peel off the backing paper from the reverse of the butterflies, sandwich the wire between the butterfly and the backing fabric, iron to fuse the fabrics together and encase the wire. Using a zig zag stitch, being careful not to catch the wire, sew round the edge of the butterfly.
  4. Cut out the wired butterflies.
  5. Measure the circumference of the lampshade and add a 2cm seam allowance to the length.
  6. Measure the depth of the shade and add 5cm for turning in.
  7. Arrange the flat butterflies and the 3D ones on the lampshade fabric. Once you are pleased with the design, take a photo, then remove the 3D butterflies.8.Arrange butterflies on fabric
  8. Peel the backing paper from the three saved butterflies. Iron to fuse onto the lampshade fabric.

10 Using a zigzag stitch sew round each butterfly.

  1. Looking at your original image, arrange, pin and sew the 3D butterflies down their backs onto the lampshade fabric.11.Sew 3D butterflies down their centres
  2. Fold the lampshade fabric in half with the butterflies on the inside of the fold.
  3. Using a 1cm seam allowance, sew down the center back. Turn the cover the correct way out, slip it over the shade. Arrange the fabric so the turning allowance at the top and bottom is equal.
    1. Fold the turning over the top edge of the frame, glue in place, repeat with the lower edge of the shade.

    Note: the butterflies may have become crumpled during sewing so rearrange them.

    https://www.harlequin.uk.com/shop/fabric/amilie-silks/amilie-silks/?code=HSB04723 fabric used for lamp shade Amilie silk dupion in shade 4723

     

    https://www.harlequin.uk.com/shop/fabric/amazilia-fabrics/papilio/?code=HAMA120344 price £56 a meter Fabric used for butterflies

    Bondaweb

    http://www.johnlewis.com/vilene-bondaweb/p301821

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