Today I had the opportunity to visit the Natural History Archives at Corsham Court, Bath University Campus.
I had a wonderful time looking through the many drawers full of all sorts; from beautiful shells, pottery, minerals, stones, fossils, snakeskin, birds and insects.
As part of my botanical studies, I am also including insects in my work. The Archives, with respect to insects, were mostly comprised of Butterflies, which were very pretty but I was after more unusual insects to draw.
I still had a “kid-in-a-sweet-shop” moment opening each drawer to reveal little boxes full of interesting finds!
Please note these are very old archives. As you can see, the butterflies are not in a great order but from a creative point of view interesting!
Prettier pics to upload soon I promise!!!
Hope I have not scared you off!
Work in progress. I like turning my pencil drawings into prints.
My workflow involves going direct from my sketchbook to Photoshop and then on to developing pattern in repeats.
Just a few pencil drawings.
More sketches to follow along with development work as they evolve into prints on fabric.
Another design house that I have long admired is Milan-based Missoni.
Founded in 1953 by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, Missoni has gained notoriety for its knitwear and colourful patterns. In the early 80’s, Missoni introduced a range of home furnishing fabrics which has continued to flourish.
I admire Missoni’s sense of fun, creativity, freedom. In particular, their use of bold colours, stripes and incorporation of flora.
My favourite? Well, with my background in horticulture and my connection to nature, Passiflora just makes me smile every time I see it.
I found this video on Vimeo and for me it offers a strong sense of what the Missoni Brand embodies:
This clip, from FashionTV‘s coverage of Milan Design Week 2011, includes an interview with co-founder Rosita Missoni.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKxqyWeuuUw]
Missoni’s Home Collection Look Book can be checked out by clicking [here.]
I’ve also found an excellent video that offers a look inside the magical print rooms of Cole & Son and thought I’d share it with you.
Also, their recent collection, Geometric gets a nice introduction here from Cole & Son’s Managing Director, Simon Glendenning.
Lastly, a Cole & Son feature from the TV series How Do They Do It.
Sean’s website and more of his amazing sculptures can be found here: http://seaneavery.com/section/130105_sculpture.html
I am intrigued by the interesting way could reflect, mirror and bounce of the different parts and colours of the sculptures.
Another Artist I discovered is Sydney-based Anna-Wili Highfield.
I love what she has made, and again, a brilliant way of recycling paper!
After some serious consideration, I have decided that even though I love all her pieces, the Owl wins as my favourite!
Check our her website here. http://www.annawilihighfield.com