Father and Daughter Exhibition

Katherine Firth and Bill Everett in a father and daughter exhibition in Cambridge April 2014

Katherine Firth and Bill Everett in a father and daughter exhibition in Cambridge April 2014

Katherine Firth and Bill Everett in a father and daughter exhibition in Cambridge April 2014

Katherine Firth and Bill Everett in a father and daughter exhibition in Cambridge April 2014

Katherine Firth, one of the Lots Road Group of artists, is exhibiting alongside her father, artist Bill Everett, in Cambridge during the weekend of 26th and 27th April 2014.

For details please email katherinemfirth@me.com

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Illustrator Draws A Fantastic Doodle Everyday For 365 Days

Something we can all aspire to: “a doodle a day for a year”.  Jillian Wong writes for Design Taxi about the Brazilian illustrator Gabriel Picolo who embarked on a year-long project to draw a doodle everyday for 365 days.

His ‘365-DaysofDoodles’ project began in an attempt to stop procrastinating: he sketched “wildly imaginative and detailed black ink drawings inspired by anime and pop culture characters in his Moleskine notebook”, and posted them online.

Picolo’s project is a “great source of motivation for fellow creatives in keeping one’s inspiration and creativity flowing.” Check out more of Picolo’s wonderful drawings and follow his project at his DeviantArt page.

 

Beautifully crafted inspiring paper art

If I wasn’t already a fan of paper art, then I think Creative Bloq’s feature on the art form would have made me one. I can’t yet say which one is my favorite as there are so many wonderful examples even just in this article.

Yusuke Oono is a Japanese artist and designer  creating books that tell their stories in a multi-layered 3D scene, where each page is a separate laser cut plane, together making deep and gorgeous 3D images that reveal the story as you make your way from the front to the back of the book.

Japanese artist and designer Yusuke Oono's exquisite books with multi-layered 3D scenes

Japanese artist and designer Yusuke Oono’s exquisite books with multi-layered 3D scenes

See more of Yusuke Oono’s exquisite work:

http://www.loftwork.com/portfolios/oonoyusuke

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/01/visual-narratives-cut-into-360-paper-books-by-yusuke-oono/

http://twistedsifter.com/2014/01/books-fan-out-into-360-degree-stories-yusuke-oono/

http://hifructose.com/2014/01/15/books-that-unfold-into-cut-paper-art-by-yusuke-oono/

Yulia Brodskaya combines classic design principles to create beautiful and thought-provoking visual fusions.

Yulia Brodskaya combines classic design principles to create beautiful and thought-provoking visual fusions.

Perhaps one of the most well-known of the contemporary designers working with paper art, Yulia Brodskaya’s art “brings together all the things she likes most: typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects”. See more http://www.artyulia.com/

Yulia Brodskaya's colourful creations are bursting with life

Yulia Brodskaya’s colourful creations are bursting with life

 

I really love paper engineer Helen Friel’s Revolution “pop-up book”: it follows the cyclical journey of a single water droplet, and unsurprisingly took almost a year to make and shoot in one continuous take. This is a collaborative film by photographer Chris Turner, animator Jess Deacon and paper engineer Helen Friel.

Pam Langdon shows there’s much more that can be done with a book besides reading it. The paper sculptures are created by meticulously folding pages of old books, transforming them into eye-catching pieces of art, inspired by marine environments and patterns within nature.

Pam Langdon's paper sculptures are created with meticulously folded pages of old books

Pam Langdon’s paper sculptures are created with meticulously folded pages of old books

Langdon says of her work:

“They are transformed from a discarded and unloved existence. Intricate folding and rolling of their pages forms spirals symbolising movement and energy and reflecting growth patterns in nature. Casting shadows of their previous lives, they are cut and bound and metamorphosed into precious specimens. The labyrinth of folds and curls entices the reader for closer inspection of their mysterious new life.”

https://www.flickr.com/people/pam_langdon/

Zim&Zou's colourful paper creations have been used to promote recycling in Paris

Zim&Zou’s colourful paper creations have been used to promote recycling in Paris

Continuing the re-use and recycle theme, Zim & Zou’s colourful paper creations have been used to promote recycling in Paris with design agency June21. The Zim & Zou website could keep me transfixed for hours… http://www.zimandzou.fr/

Moscow is recreated with paper art by Matthew Picton.

Moscow is recreated with paper art by Matthew Picton.

UK-based artist Matthew Picton caused Creative Bloq to have their “minds … a little blown” by his finely crafted paper map sculptures. His maps are based on past events, and depict various cities in the midst of historical events, including fires, war and disease. Picton also takes the project further, by constructing the sculptures with paper connected with each event.

Blow your mind a little more when you visit his website: http://matthewpicton.com/paper-sculptures/paper-sculpture-gallery/

Nahoko Kojima somehow crafts some “truly original and awe-inspiring” paper scultpures from a single sheet of paper. Mind-bendingly the large-scale works are each hand-cut from a single sheet, “exploring themes of human existence, animals and the forces of nature.” Visit http://www.solokojima.com

Peace (2014) Paper Cut, handmade by Nahoko Kojima One Single Sheet Black Gold Japanese Washi

Peace (2014) Paper Cut, handmade by Nahoko Kojima One Single Sheet Black Gold Japanese Washi

Illustrator Eiko Ojala draws everything by hand to create the landscapes, figures and portraits that look as if they’ve been cut from paper.

Illustrator Eiko Ojala draws everything by hand to create the landscapes, figures and portraits that look as if they’ve been cut from paper.

Illustrator Eiko Ojala created ‘Vertical Landscape’ was digitally but without the aid of 3D software. Everything is drawn by hand to create the landscapes, figures and portraits that look as if they’ve been cut from paper. Nominated for the Young Illustrator Award at Berlin’s Illustrative festival, Creative Bloq summed it up: “this is only the beginning of a flourishing career for Eiko.”

I could go on, but while I inspire myself in doing so personally, do check out the Creative Bloq article for yourself – there are another 25 artists showcased in this fabulous article by Meryem Meg and the Creative Bloq staff

http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design/paper-art-1131666

 

£500 raised for Oxfam Mother Appeal

We are very proud that The Lots Road Group, together with public support, have raised £250 for the Oxfam Mother Appeal – and which the government will double to £500!

This total of £250 came from a combination of a percentage book sales at the exhibition plus postcard sales and other donations. Many thanks for to everyone who came along and gave such generous support.

If you would like to find out more about where your money is going and what it will do, please visit the Oxfam Mother Appeal.

Lego Reimagined in the RA galleries Sunday 13 April 2014

Lego Reimagined in the RA galleries Sunday 13 April 2014

Sadly all the children in my life are far away this weekend, otherwise I’d be taking them along to the RA galleries for a “Lego workshop like no other”: who wouldn’t want the chance to create their own “sensational Lego® fairy-tale building” or some other wonderful plastic-block creation?

Drop me a line if you do get to go along to this wonderful event, I’d love to hear about what you got up to, and of course see the pictures of your wonderful Lego creations!

Sunday 13 April 2014
11.00 — 14.00
Royal Academy of Arts
Free drop-in workshop, no booking required
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/72

 

Renaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna

Of course I’m biased as a printmaker, but surely even non-printmakers can appreciate the amazing beauty in the Chiaroscuro woodcuts from two of the finest collections in the world currently on show at the Royal Academy.

Ugo da Carpi, after Raphael Archimedes (?) c. 1518-20 - Chiaroscuro woodcut printed from five blocks, the tone blocks in beige, pale brown, brown and blackish brown 44.5 x 34.7 cm Albertina, Vienna. Photo Albertina, Vienna. Organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Albertina, Vienna - RA website https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/10

Ugo da Carpi, after Raphael Archimedes (?) c. 1518-20 – Chiaroscuro woodcut printed from five blocks, the tone blocks in beige, pale brown, brown and blackish brown 44.5 x 34.7 cm Albertina, Vienna. Photo Albertina, Vienna. Organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Albertina, Vienna – RA website https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/10

These works were either conceived as “independent works or based on the designs of the greatest Renaissance artists such as Parmigianino, Raphael and Titian”. The pioneering 16th-century printing technique:

“breathed new life into well-known biblical scenes and legends; from Perseus slaying the Medusa to Aeneas Fleeing Troy, and the Miraculous Draught of Fishes.”

In this exhibition the RA has gathered 150 of the most exquisite and rare examples of this forgotten art form, with a focus on the chiaroscuro method and the craftsmanship of its proponents in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, which created the first colour prints “that make dramatic use of light and dark.”

I am in awe at the beauty and technical perfection of these marvellous prints. The exhibition is on at the RA now and runs until June 8.

Take a look at the article and images for the “Renaissance Impressions” exhibition on the RA website: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/10