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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Herb jars

Herb jars

Herb jars from Tesco. I really like the label. The line drawing is ace, but even acer is the large 'O' and 'B'. It's nice when supermarkets make an effort with the look of their wares. Even something as mundane as a jar of herbs. :-)

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Friday, June 19, 2009

If at first you don't succeed...

I was going to show you those newly gocco printed tote bags, but light here has been terrible for taking nice pictures, so unfortunately that will have to wait... But it's okay, because I thought I'd share the process of the particular drawing that ended up as a gocco print. The images in this post show the progression towards the final (and accidental) print.

I've been wanting to do a 'character' print (instead of the floral or leafy things that I would normally gravitate towards) to challenge myself a bit and to try something new. But new can be (or atleast feel) difficult, hence the challenge.

It is so easy to do something that is familiar and "easy", switch on the autopilot so to speak. I don't often draw people or (cartoon) characters. I feel uncomfortable drawing humans because there is a certain expectation to make it look human. If that makes sense?

And so I often resort to drawing very simplified people, stick people, really, although maybe with a bit more flesh on them. But it feels like my lack of human skills (he he) holds me back from reaching A Result. Of course, it doesn't help when I don't know exactly what I'm looking for.

But I guess that's okay. I think sometimes not knowing can help you too, because then you are free to explore, to take whatever idea you stumble upon and run with it or discard it or just take a tiny detail from it.

At first, my doodles were going nowhere. Not very good. Not very happy with them. On the verge of throwing in the towel. But then it dawned on me that I did have have a basic idea. Because I had this vision of red print on fabric, I wanted to make a Red Ridinghood character. So I wrote down a 'check list' of things I associate with her.

And then I just got to work. Doodling, trying to incorporate those characteristics, but still nothing... Then, after looking at my inspiration board at a postcard I made a couple of years ago, I was inspired to go back to a previous page (the second from the top in this post) and take those 'ears' - not sure why, but that's Inspiration for ya!

And in this case I actually felt that... well, whatever it is. When things come together like they couldn't be any different. I was also struck by how much this felt like a Process. There may have been a few side steps, but there was definitely a Progression. But only because I kept at it.

And here she is. My Little Red Ridinghood. I am so pleased with her, so cute, exactly what I wanted, except I didn't know it. And even dearer to me because of the thoughts she inspired.

I think that in any creative undertaking it is important to remember that things aren't always easy. In fact, usually they are not easy, you have to go through 10, maybe 100 or 1,000 drawings (or whatever it is you make or do) to get to one that is good. To make sure I remember this for next time I feel stuck or unhappy with what I'm doing, I wrote this in my sketchbook next to miss Ridinghood: "You rarely get things right in the first shot."

And that's not a negative thing. It's just a fact. Like, most people have to practice a few times before they can drive a car, right? So it is important to keep at it, to work on your skills. Whether you (think you) have them or not. Everyone is creative, we just have to make sure we don't let ourselves get bogged down by not getting it right in the first attempt.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

The Swedish National Heritage Board

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love looking at old, faded photographs. And if you head over to the Swedish National Heritage Board's Flickr stream there is plenty of old, faded goodness to be inspired by. And just look at those beautiful cyanotypes!

The images are not just from Sweden, there are some from Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark (yay!)

1. Frieze in Curman villa, Stockholm, Sweden, 2. Tonsaasen Sanatorium, Valdres, Norway, 3. Big Bathouse and Curman villa, Lysekil, Sweden, 4. Woman at "Skraenten", Skodsborg, Denmark, 5. Interior, Floragatan 3, Stockholm, Sweden, 6. Calla, Sigurd and Carolina Curman, Lysekil, Sweden, 7. Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark, 8. People in garden, Lysekil, Sweden, 9. On the beach in Scheveningen, the Netherlands

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Act. Inspire yourself

Hey, here is that embroidery wip I posted earlier (this week? - I can't even remember, this week has been rather muddled..) and now it is no longer a wip because it is finished.

I really cannot recommend this sort of thing enough. Just stitching away with no plan whatsoever. Of course, you could use it to practice new stitches and/or to use up bits of embroidery thread. It's all good. Keeps you busy and out of trouble! ;-)

I think it is so important to sometimes do something that has no purpose, where there are no expectations for the outcome and, most importantly, where there is no right or wrong so you can't mess it up.

Randomwork (I literally just made that up! ha!) holds a massive potential for inspiring new, more intentional, work. I've already got several ideas from working on this one. I read or heard a quote somewhere the other day that goes something like "you can't wait for inspiration before you take action, you have to act to be inspired".

I think that is so true. So many times I have procrastinated on this project or another because 'I'm not feeling inspired' but if I just do one little thing, take that first step, something happens and it just sort of unfolds. You know what I mean?

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Friday, May 01, 2009

Spend some time with...

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Inspiration to draw on

Some lovely places to visit, mostly of the drawing and illustration sort...

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday visits

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Delicate blues + popping orange

1. nama rococo, 2. Untitled, 3. Untitled, 4. Untitled, 5. golden, 6. filling up the dark spaces in my mind, 7. Untitled, 8. a wall, 9. back cover, 10. just a few hours..., 11. gocco, 12. Untitled, 13. IMG_7112, 14. 3., 15. In use., 16. Stuart Carvalhais, Corridinho do Algarve, 1921

Exploring my Flickr contacts' favourites. Not a bad way to spend 10 minutes on an early Saturday afternoon...

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Friday, November 07, 2008

When I grow up...

Thank the force, it's Friday! And it's J-dag in Denmark. Just a shame I'm missing it... ^_^

I should be getting myself ready for work, but I just want to share this link with you: Urban Sketchers is a new blog where sketchers from around the planet show their world as they draw it. Some amazing stuff over there! If you like to be inspired by (and feel a bit in awe of) other people's drawing skillz, then make sure you pop over to Urban Sketchers every day!

Right-o. Time for breakfast.

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Saturday Phaves

1. letterfest 2. paintedfishstudio 3. dazeychic 4. lurearts 5. oneblackbird 6. ChristinaRomeo 7. groundwork 8. lorenabarrezueta 9. jezze

Hey, it's Saturday and these are of my current favourites from Etsy. Aren't they lovely?

Tony is making another cake test for the wedding (in 3 weeks we'll be married folks!). Got any lovely plans for the weekend? We're doing mostly nothing today and tomorrow I'm working. As usual. Bloody Sundays...

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hope you've had a nice weekend!

Inspiration can come from the strangest places, huh?

I'm off to Denmark tomorrow evening on some dress related 'business'. Which I'll tell you about... later. ;-)

Of course, I have to go to work first tomorrow, so it's going to be a veeery long day! 10-16, then rush home, change, have some food and then off to Stansted. Landing in Denmark at 22.20 local time. I'm hoping to do some plain ol' relaxing in Denmark + watch some Danish telly + maybe even catch up on some emails (?!)

Just wish that Tony was coming too. I don't like being away from him - even for 2 days! I'll miss him lots and lots.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Lotta love

I am sure you've seen these two books on your travels around the interwebs. Right?

And for good reason too. They really are lovely! I just got Simple Sewing from the library today and it's definitely going on my wish list for Christmas.

Let's start with Lotta Prints. It is great! Especially as pure inspiration and getting a little glimpse into how Lotta Jansdotter works. There are some lovely ideas and projects in it. But I will say one thing, if you are already familiar with the techniques she goes through (Rubber stamp prints, iron-on, leaf printing, stencils, potato printing, lino block printing and screen printing) you can probably give this book a miss. Unless you don't want to miss out on the eye candy! ;-)

It is full of Lotta's clean and simple designs. Which are very inspiring; I wish I could make things that simple... I suspect I suffer from a severe case of horror vacui when it comes to patterns etc.

The techniques are very well explained, I think. She makes all of it seem very easy to do. Especially screen printing has always seemed a bit of a mystery to me (and quite daunting), but now I have a better idea of what it involves.

Simple Sewing is just that. The projects are divided into four sections (Cook, Go, Nest and Organize) and include oven mitt, gardening tote, sun hat, duvet cover, tool roll and bed pocket. Each project also has a level indicator, levels 1-4, which is pretty good. Especially if you are just starting out sewing (with a machine).

The book is, as far as I can tell, aimed mainly at the novice sewer, but some of the projects are more complicated and will keep the more experienced occupied too. There are a few of the projects I want to have a go at, both simple and more complicated ones. I think there might be a couple that my mum would enjoy making as well!

Again the book is full of Lotta's pretty, nature inspired designs. All the projects have a very natural feel to them. Cottons and linens, nothing artificial here. And with hand printed details you can really make something one of a kind.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Colour + Cath

I saw a picture on someone's blog and there was a blanket (or something, I'm a bit unsure what it was, but the colours stuck!) in it and I can't get the colour combination out of my head. This is it. I think that would be a pretty neat colour combo for a blanket.

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Speaking of happy colours. Tesco is now collaborating with Cath Kidston to make some eco shopping bags. Tony (!) noticed this when we were in Tesco last night, but unfortunately they didn't have any left. And as we we're leaving I said to Tony "I bet there are some people who have bought a load and stuck them on ebay". I am sad to say that I was right. The sad part being that the proceeds from these bags go to Marie Curie Cancer Care, and I think it is rather vile that anyone would exploit this. They really should be ashamed of themselves.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pretty + pile

These are the larger scraps from a little project I'm working on. I have a carrier bag full of other scraps and I'm thinking "oh, wouldn't it be wonderful to make a quilt using only the scraps!" Yes, I'm sure it would. But perhaps right now isn't the right time? Although, if I hand stitched the scraps together it could be my 'mindlessly keeping my hands busy in front of the telly' project. Any tips on hand stitching?

Seeing those colours and prints together just makes me terribly happy.

And here are the scraps from the scraps. They look quite pretty too, in all their randomness! But they are going in the bin. Mostly, they are too small to make much of anything.

And here's my current pile of library books. Slightly obsessed. ;-)

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Accidental inspiration + legs + henges

Sometimes at work I notice interesting colour palettes. This is (sort of) one of them. I can't remember where it came from, but I do remember frantically writing down the colours on a scrap of card so I wouldn't forget them. I probably won't use this for anything. Or maybe I will. I guess the point is mainly to not let these brief moments of inspiration get away...

Today was Tony's Big Bike Ride. He did the 60 miles (100 kilometres for us continental Europeans) in 4 hours 40 minutes which he was pretty happy with! I am happy too and very proud of him. But now he is quite tired of course, and will probably have very tired legs tomorrow.

In a little less than 3 weeks my parents are coming over for a little holiday with us (yay!) We're going down to Wiltshire to see Stonehenge, which I am really looking forward to. But what else is there to see down there? We will probably go see Woodhenge, Avebury and the West Kennet Long Barrow as well (and Salisbury), but it'd be nice to do something a little more contemporary, if you know what I mean.... Any nice museums/shops/vistas/towns not to be missed?

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Danske skygger + thank you

Went on a shadow 'safari' in my parents' garden.

The results are lovely. This one is very rococo, I think.

And. Sort of minimalist.


A tiny little carrot casting a pretty, delicate shadow.


Different plants together makes for a nice assortment of shadows.


Thank you to those of you who left comments and emailed me with suggestions for shawl patterns! I REALLY appreciate it! I'm still looking for the perfect one, but at least now I have some candidates if I don't find the One. ;-)

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Skyggeblade*

I went for a walk today. It was a lovely day to go for a walk. By the river. The sun was shining, the waves were talking quietly among themselves and the wind was blowing in my hair. Walking up to the High Street I started noticing the crisp shadows of leaves made by the midday sun.

So I started taking pictures of them. Lots of pictures! But my phone is not cooperating, so we'll have to make do with these until I can copy the rest to my computer.

I like them all, but I think that my favourite is the one on the far right in the middle row.

If you click on the picture you can see a larger version.


*shadow leaves

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Protection

I just love the shadow cast from the 'O'. Pure genuis.

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Muto


MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

Here's a strange but wonderful graffiti animation from Blu, an artist from Buenos Aires. {via Drawn!} It's a nice way to start the day; wondering how he did that! ;-)

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Random things on a Tuesday

This is my birthday card from Tony. He drew it himself! Isn't he awesome? I really wish he would do more drawing, he's so good at it. Although he claims that he can only draw from pictures. Such rubbish! I'm sure he could be an amazing draw-er from real life if he just gave it a try. :-)

This is my inspiration board. It's on the wall behind my computer monitor. It's looked pretty much the same for about a year. Maybe it's time to change it around a bit... If you fancy have a look at the picture with lots of notes over on Flickr.

I can't remember which blog I saw this on, but it looked like fun, and, as it turned out, it's not an entirely wrong description of me. ;-)

you are lightcyan
#E0FFFF

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is very low - you have better things to do than jump headfirst into every little project. You make sure your actions are going to really accomplish something before you start because you hate wasting energy making everyone else think you're working.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Helvetica

Have you seen this film? It's called Helvetica and, well, it's about Helvetica. But not just that. It's also about people who use it and love it passionately. And people who dislike it with just as much passion. It has interviews with lots of graphic designer and typographers, like Stefan Sagmeister, David Carson, Matthew Carter and loads more.

It gives you an insight into how Helvetica was made, how it's been used and the impact it has had on visual culture and graphic design in the past 50 years. One of the things I especially like about this film is that it shows loads of places where Helvetica is used: street signs, logos, mugs and anything you can think of. It's everywhere, so much so that we probably don't notice it and the inspiring thing is seeing all the different expressions people can get out of it. I think you should get your paws on this film. It's really good!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to look for Helvetica.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Invigorating my activity

I've been doodling in my sketchbook. Which is really good! Because, to be honest, a lot of what is in my sketchbook is lists of things to do or remember, but not that many actual sketches. Maybe I should start calling it my listbook...

I'm currently reading a book about Matisse, and I think that's where the inspiration for all those colours above have come from. Not that I'm comparing my doodles with Matisse in any way, of course...

It's nice to just let your hand and mind wander on the pages. There are no rules! If you want to cover the page in colour, do that! If you want to stamp the pages, go right ahead! Heck, even cutting little windows in the pages is all good!

At least I think so. A sketchbook (sorry, listbook) is a playground, it should make you happy to play there. Glue in some pretty pictures or pictures of beautiful girls and draw moustaches on them. It's silly and fun! I'm sure it spills over into other areas of creativity (and life?) And don't for one minute think that you have to be able to draw to have a sketchbook, you don't have to be an artist to have a sketchbook. But I'm pretty sure that if you play in/with a sketchbook (or whatever you call it), then you are an artist.Yes, you. :-)

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Some sketchbook pages...

Have a nice weekend!





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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Le Café, le soir

I got this book from the library yesterday and inside it I found that postcard. On the back of it it says:
Mi dear mither,
May there be many sunshiney, relaxed days ahead so you can enjoy this! And please can I come?
Happy (early/late) Mothers' Day
lots of love,
Ani xxoo
P.S. I couldn't find a card with tea on it, so had to go for a café instead. Though 'café at night' is a very unBritish notion - you'll just have to go to Europe to find it!
I love finding stuff like this! And unlike most people, I'm not just going to throw it away, I'm pasting it in my sketchbook. I like this sort of randomness and the way it connects people, although they don't know it. I wonder if 'mither' misses her postcard?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Spools + skeins of colour

I wonder why, but I felt like playing around with the colours of the rainbow. These are the results. Although I'm pretty sure there are other things that could be ordered in a similar fashion...



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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Postcards from V&A


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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

You make my day

A little while ago, Jenn gave me this award. So sweet of her! So I'm supposed to pass it on to 10 people who, in turn, make my day. And afterwards I'm gonna call my mum to hear about the English course she's started taking, but that's completely unrelated (except that on a lot of occasions my mum does make my day and I'm also awfully proud of her!), so back to the list we go!

Jenn herself deserves the award, she's so inspiring.
Jude's other blog, what if
my love for you is a stampede of horses
Susie Can Stitch
Christine Clemmensen
Make It
Planet June
Gooseflesh
Elsa Mora
woolgathering

Really, there should be hundreds on that list, but the rules say only 10, so there you go. Check out the blogroll if you fancy...

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scribbled by Carina 1/30/2008 02:02:00 PM


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