Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Here's a photo of my new Brooks Brothers suit print.
It's printed on Maidstone 100% rag paper and measures 26" X 39" and makes a fine Christmas gift.
See earlier posts for pics of the whole inky process.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The cover is Lucienne Day's Small Hours 1953
Cover is Lucienne Day's Perpetua 1953
Lucienne Day's famous Calyx
love the texture within the 'fat tulip' shapes
A textile by Terence Conran and David Whitehead 1950
I am working on a project involving patterns right now so am pouring over two of my fave books for pattern inspiration:
Fifties Furnishing Fabric
and V&A Pattern: The Fifties
both part of the Victorian and Albert collection of books.
I love the abstract flat forms, spindley lines and blobby bits in these 1950s designs.Its clear many of the designers were influenced by modern painters such as Paul Klee and Joan Miro.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Mixing the ochre green (Yellow + blue + titch of red)
Inking the screen.
Putting the ink on with the spatula always reminds me of putting icing on a cake. yum.
Pulling the print
And lift... Ta da!
The green layer
The final result with ochre and black passes added on top.
Ok so my Wrist Watch Wednesday segment has been somewhat neglected (understatement) but today Scott Williamson wrote to me with a great story regarding this very special watch owned by his dad Donald Williamson.
60 years ago his father was the very first brave soul to step in during the SS Noronic fire, one of the worst disasters in the history of Toronto.
For his bravery he was awarded this beautiful Rolex watch which has a wonderful inscription on the back. Scott has recently restored it and wears in proudly.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Beautiful poster by Design studio Heads of State which was influenced by the work of 1940s record pioneer Alex Steinweiss.
Stills from wonderous film titles created by Saul Bass.
Great use of contrast and such a sense of whimsy.
What a Master!!
I've already featured this book but it bears repeating.
Two great Rand book covers.
Began work on the poster today.
Step 1 = Flipping through my typography and book design books. New Vintage Type, Paul Rand, A Mano and Masters of Poster Design are four reference books that keep close by at all times.
The design studio Heads of State, Saul Bass and Paul Rand were very inspirational as always.
All are wonderous at contrasting textures and producing a simple elegant solution.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I got an assignment for a poster full of handlettered type today so have begun the process of gathering inspiration.
Found this beautiful hand written note from a site which highlights some of Jane Campion's documentation from the making of her film Bright Star. I love the crease of the envelope, and the big H and the d curling back on Hampstead... but most of all I like the ink blobs on the E.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Don't you just love this unexpected combination of warm grey and yellow? Delicious and sophisticated.
A gorgeous deep shade.
This is Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal.
Always looks so much lighter in the can!
My grey obsession continues.
Have finished painting office and livingroom -- both in grey.
There are so many beautiful shades - so deep and soulful - and they make everything you put on the wall (especially pink, orange and yellow just POP!) I just don't see how anyone would want to use another colour?