Wednesday 29 February 2012
Way back in September, I was bought a Print Club London screenprinting workshop for my birthday! Needless to say, I was pretty excited, although at the time, had no idea what I wanted to print. Eventually after a lot of procrastination and sketching, I ended up with something I was really happy with and even happier after I’d printed it.
Here are some of the initial sketches.
The workshop itself was actually really fun as well. In a single workshop there is a maximum of 20 people, however on my day, only about 15 people showed up. It initially starts off with a cup of tea and a general mingle opportunity with all the other people that are attending whilst the technicians prepare everyone’s images onto trace.
The session lasted from 11am to about 4pm and the day consists of learning how to prepare your images, exposing screens, preparing your ink and then the actual printing. Everything is done in a step by step manner and as the technicians are so friendly, it’s a really great opportunity for total beginners to learn how to screenprint.
If you are familiar with screenprinting, the only suggestion I would make is to perhaps think about the paper stock you want to print on. Although they do provide you with 10 sheets of white, oversized A4 stock, maybe white isn’t something you necessarily want/need to print on. After drawing my image, I definitely knew I wanted to print in a gold or bronze metallic ink onto quite dark, rich coloured stock, so I made sure to go out and buy some dark blue (as pictured), dark plum and chocolate coloured card to experiment on beforehand. It also allowed me to end up with more than 10 prints, although that was also because time allowed me a few extra goes on the screen bed before moving on for the next person.
I would definitely recommend signing up for a session if screenprinting has ever interested you. In general, it’s a really fun day to get stuck in and messy, you get to meet lot’s of new people and get to go home with prints that you made which is very satisfying!
Friday 24 February 2012
Have you ever wondered what The Birth of Venus painting by Sandro Botticelli would look like if someone photoshopped a fat, orange cat into them? Amused? Then check out Fat Cat Art. It’s absolutely hilarious. That is of course, if you sometimes find cats amusing. Otherwise you might just be offended by its appearance in such paintings…
Portrait of a Family, Bartholomeus Van Der Helst
Judgement of Paris, Peter Paul Rubens
The Three Graces, Peter Paul Rubens
Venus with Organist and Cupid, Tiziano Vecelli
Venus at Her Mirror, Diego Velázquez
Wednesday 15 February 2012
A few weeks ago, my housemates and I decided to have a baking day which resulted in cupcakes that look like spaghetti bolognese and pandas!
The spaghetti ones use icing to look like noodles and ferrero rochers covered in jam for meatballs, with some grated with chocolate for parmesan.
The pandas are made up of mini cupcakes for the head and oreo biscuits for the arms. Some of the panda cupcakes, I admit look a bit deformed and one of them ended up looking like a mole coming out of the ground – but they were delicious!
The mole cupcake!
And to top it all off, a cinnamon bun.
Thursday 9 February 2012
Last week I ended up at Kemistry Gallery who are currently exhibiting over 40 classic Polish posters by Jerzy Treutler. I’m a real fan of his work, particularly the posters for the Polish circus ‘CYRK’. I recommend that you take a visit, it’s definitely one of the best exhibitions that have been on at the gallery for a while.
Mr T: The Posters of Jerzy Treutler is open now until March 17 at Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PD.
Tuesday 7 February 2012
Up until now, I’ve never had a pet. The closest I’ve ever come to owning one is when my parents bought me a tamagotchi, which I then proceeded to accidentally leave behind in the toilets of a shopping centre after about 4 days. Responsible, I know.
On the other hand, I don’t think I’m going to have the same problem with this fellow. This is Rory and he is one of the residents in my new home. Aside from the usual cute factor, the most entertaining apsect of have a kitten is definitely, laser pens.
Monday 6 February 2012
I’ve been ploughing away as usual at work over the last few months, but recently a group of us decided to take an afternoon trip outside of the office in attempt to get a different perspective on things.
We’re based in Holborn, so we took a quick tube journey up the road to Selfridges as they currently have a ‘Words Words Words’ exhibition on, with the main window displays showcasing commissions by It’s Nice That.
On the main corner window, they collaborated with interactive designer Stewdio to create ‘The Word-A-Coaster’ – a 14 foot rollercoaster that dispenses unique fortunes when you pull a lever from inside the store.
I think the winner for me though was Giles Miller’s beautiful cardboard constructions. This display is definitely something I recommend you visit in person because the details are fantastic.
The window displays situated along Oxford street were occupied by the people part of the Bright Young Things series, who are also taking part in the Words Words Words theme. Favourites include the work by Archie Mcleish and Becky Sloan.
Finally, we took a visit to the bookshop inside and passed through a brilliant library/installation that is essentially, book heaven.