Friday, 20 November 2015

Feature Friday: Chloe Giordano Embroidery

Where are you from?

I'm originally from Buckinghamshire, England, but I've lived in Oxford for the last couple of years.

Where do you currently practice your artwork?

I work from home, I do well having everything together so I can pick something up again if I suddenly get an idea (and someone has to keep the dog company).
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?

I have a degree in illustration from the University of the West of England, but taught myself to sew in my last year and have continued exploring this medium by myself since.
How would you describe your artwork/process?

My previous study of traditional illustration comes in handy here, I always start work from a detailed drawing I've put together after studying some references, all things I learned to do when working with pencil and paint. Once I'm happy with the drawing I begin the embroidery, usually starting from the nose and working out, packing the stitches together to create that 'solid' appearance I like to aim for.
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?

Probably the natural world, I occasionally stray out into other areas but always find myself back looking at animals and plants. I collect nature guides and look through them a lot for inspiration.
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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Curious Critters: Penguin Gift Box

You will need:
A Craft Knife and Cutting Mat or Scissors
Double Sided Tape
A4 White Card
Curious Critters Collection: Penguin Gift Box
1. Print the penguin craft box onto thin A4 card. Cut out the main box template and flippers as well as any optional accessories you would like to use. For this project we used the scarf, skis, hat and bobble.
 2. Score along the lines of the penguin box and fold into place. Add double sided tape to the tabs to assemble the box. Place your goodies inside and fold over the head, sealing with double sided tape. (If you don't want to seal the present inside, create a fastening by attaching a magnetic strip or thin strip of velcro to the head).
3. Attach the flippers and hat to the penguin using double sided tape. Attach the flippers to the edge of the box as shown (above) to give a better dimensional effect.
4. Attach the scarf to the back of the box first then wrap around, overlapping at the front – we found this to be the easiest way to attach the scarf. Overlap one piece of scarf around the other to create the effect of a tied scarf.
5. Take the skis and colour the underneath in a similar colour to the top. Curl the end of the skis around a pencil to add extra dimension.
6. Add some double sided tape to the skis and attach to the bottom of the gift box. Use the stripes as a guide for where you place your tape.
7. Attach the bobble to the hat using a sticky pad and you’re finished! You could use anything for the bobble, try something fluffy or how about a knitted hat?

Friday, 13 November 2015

Feature Friday: Bud Bullivant Sculptures

Where do you currently practice your artwork?
I have a studio in my small rural Minnesota home, but my artwork is not only minimal in design it takes minimal tools.  Therefore with a small roll of wire and a needle nose pliers, I can find a comfortable spot under a tree, at a picnic table or wherever I feel inspired to create.

Are you self-taught or have you completed any training?

My formal training is in art education, but my work in wire has come from a love of drawing and the challenge of creating them in 3D. I like to convey a lot with a limited amount, so I work with minimalism.

How would you describe your artwork/process?

My wire sculptures are one of a kind, three-dimensional drawings, simplifications of the intricate designs inspired by nature. I typical use 16 gauge steel wire, a needle nose pliers, and mount the wire sculpture on a piece of driftwood. It is my hope that my work reflects my love of the natural world and that it is kind to the environment as well. 
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?

All my life I have been an avid outdoorsman and a storyteller, as an artist these two aspects of my character partner together in a wonderful way. I love to create art that shares my observations of the simple beauty of nature and the stories that come from time spent in the outdoors. My art is inspired by nature and reflects my great love for the world around me.
Have you ever received any artistic awards for your work?

I have been awarded a variety of grants to advance my work through the McKnight Foundation and the Arts/Cultural Heritage Fund of Minnesota. I have entered my work in local, state, national and international shows and have had some recognition at all levels.

Where can people see your work?

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Rajan the Elephant

Earlier this year I was commissioned to create a watercolour painting for a surprise birthday gift. The subject was a unique elephant called ‘Rajan’
In the 1970's on the Adaman Islands, off the coast of India, elephants were taught to swim from island to island carrying heavy loads of logs to help with the timber trade. In the 1980's exporting timber became illegal on the island. The majority of the remaining elephants were sadly sold to various temples. Raised in captivity Rajan stayed on the island and he was almost sold to a temple himself until the people at Barefoot Resorts raised the funds to buy his freedom. Rajan has stayed on the island ever since with his caretaker, becoming quite an attraction on the island. For years the friendly elephant would walk down to the beach to swim and dive in the ocean at his own free will. Now in his 60's Rajan has retired from swimming and spends his days roaming through the forests and around the beach.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Feature Friday: Glass Artist Simon Alderson

This week, for Feature Friday, we caught up with glass artist Simon Alderson. 

Where are you from and where do you currently practice your artwork?

 I’m originally from Darlington, a small market town in the North East.
I now live and work in Bristol, it was a big move but it’s been great for my creative practise.
Simon also teaches a variety of glass-working techniques at the Creative Glass Guild

 Are you self-taught or have you completed any training?

 A mixture of both, I completed a degree in glass and ceramics at the University of Sunderland, studying at the incredible National Glass Centre. I’ve been continually exploring and developing new techniques ever since.
Simon donates £3 from each poppy brooch to the British Legion Poppy Appeal

 How would you describe your artwork/process?

 There are many facets to my creative work, glass is a very niche material to work with 
but it is also very versatile. There are numerous techniques to explore and develop. 
I predominantly work with fused glass these days, and I’m currently exploring a multitude of options for creating patterns within the glass - essentially creating your own coloured sheets. I do however still love the traditional stained glass process, and always turn back to this age old technique when the need arises. I have always enjoyed traditional glass painting; this is fed through my drawing which underpins any artists work.

  What/Who is your biggest inspiration/influence?

  I enjoy the making process and always feel the need to be making, naturally a big influence is the Arts and Crafts movement; Morris, Ruskin and the hand of the maker. Colour also plays an important part in my work, which is probably a cliché being a glass artist but it plays such a fundamental part of our lives. Glass has the power to uplift and transcend. I also have a thing about birds so I use them a lot, particularly in my drawing and painting work.

Have you ever received any artistic awards for your work?

I was shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition for one of my bird glass paintings, Erithacus Rubecular. This piece was exhibited in the Mall Galleries London.

Where can people see your work?

I sell through various shops and galleries in Bristol.
 You can see my work on my website
I also sell internationally through my Etsy Shop

You can also follow Simon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

The Extremely Greedy Dragon

Here is my first published illustrated children's book The Extremely Greedy Dragon! Written by Jessica Barrah, this colourful book from the QED Storytime series tells the story of a brave girl and an extremely greedy dragon. Fun and interesting discussion points for parents and teachers are also included at the back of the book. Click here for more information and story books from QED

I have been working on some very exciting projects this year which I'll share with you soon! In the meantime you can follow my illustrations on Instagram here!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015