Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Feature Friday: Quill & Fox - Yas Imamura Illustration


Where are you from and where do you currently practice your artwork?
I'm a visual artist from Portland, Oregon. I illustrate and run my paper shop from 
our home.

Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I went to art school for graphic design but I was already self-taught prior to that, 
and when I decided to branch out into traditional illustration I just kept practicing.

How would you describe your artwork/process?
A slow and sometimes rigorous buildup of brainstorming and sketches. The execution becomes an absolute delight when I have clear set goal and vision, much less frustrating. The early hard work is well worth it!

What/who is your biggest influence/inspiration?
Duvoisin, Charley Harper, Henri Matisse, Maira Kalman, Eleanor Macnair
You've Stolen My Heart
What are you working on at the moment?
Christmas cards - eek! I'm late! I'm also working on some commissions.
Where can people see your work?
At quillandfox.com but the cool process stuff is on Instagram

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Feature Friday: OkieFolky Felt Art by Kim Carmichael


Where do you practice your work?
I work from home in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, in my spare time.

How did you get into Needle Felting?
I used to practice ceramic sculpture in my home town of Glastonbury. 

Desperate to find an artistic outlet when I moved to Peterborough, I found a small needle felting course and signed for two classes. I wasn’t a natural to begin with but now, after two and a half years, I have found my own style that seems to just happen naturally.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
My work is a mix of 3D needle felting and 2D textile work - using many different wools. 

What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
I am fascinated by anthropomorphic images and nostalgia so I create clothed animal sculptures adding small props to give them purpose and character with simple story telling possibilities.

What are you working on at the moment?
Although I have not started my next project yet it is fully finished in my mind, ready to pop out very soon. I will be making an upholstered wing backed chair for a goat psychologist!
Where can people see your work?
I have a dedicated facebook page where I show my ideas and the processes which bring these characters to life. I also run an Etsy Shop.

If you are interested in showcasing your work click here for more information!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Feature Friday: Shovava Wearable Art - Roza Khamitova

Where are you from and where do you practice your work?
I was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan and I grew up in New York City. I now live and work in Byron Bay, Australia.
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I was born into a family of artists so I had an artistic upbringing.
I did go to School of Visual Arts as well. 
How would you describe your artwork/process?
At the start of every process is the idea and inspiration. I have always been enchanted with the image of wings, nature designed them for utility but blessed them with endless variety and beauty. I have especially been drawn to their inherent power and symbolism. 
My scarves are created using age-old artist techniques of draftsmanship and painting combined with the marvels of the latest technology. I first hand draw full-spread wings on paper with a light pencil. Then, painstakingly, I outline each line with black ink and proceed to add in details to create the illusion of three dimensions. Finally, I paint with acrylics to create a great variety of vibrant colours. These designs are then digitised on the computer  and I make final tweaks or adjustments. The artwork is then printed using the latest digital textile printers in a very meticulous and careful process that ensures the product retains all of the feel and detail of my hand painted originals.
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
I draw inspiration from everywhere and I don’t have to look far to find it. The natural world is the greatest source of excitement, visual beauty and intellectual interest for me. I live in the most beautiful area in Australia where nature shows off its beauty in all its glory. I am surrounded by the jungle, sea, forests, lakes and valleys and am visited by all kinds of birds everyday. A few weeks ago, swallows built a nest above my bedroom and I watched them fly by all day by simply looking out of my window. 
Have you ever received any artistic awards for your work?
My biggest award is the love and appreciation I get from my fans.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I'm working on a new bikini line which I'm super excited about. I have a new collection coming out: new kimonos, kaftans, skirts and leggings all adorned with my new art.