So I have been thinking of scrapping my website for a while now, and replacing it with a blog. I get it, that there are a million, billion blogs and vlogs out there, in the digital sea of social media, and to be seen, you have to be pretty darn special. So that is why I am pretending, inside my head, that this is a digital sketchbook instead. It takes off, all the pressure and lets me use the screen, like a page,to show my scribbles and sketches, which are always the foundations, to my next drawings/illustrations/paintings. If you are unfamiliar with the term sketchbook, let me explain; it is a book of sketches. It is a book which acts like the physical platform of your mind. It is a collective of tickets, ripped out paper, wallpaper and fabric swatches, mindless words, doodles, initial pen and ink mark making, magazine clippings, old polaroid photographs and ideas which make sense to only you. Sketchbooks are beautiful keepsakes, they are the original ‘media gallery’ in your phone, before the filters have been added, and without an ounce of editing. They show your vunerability as an artist. They are the unsung heroes of the creative world. So if any of my students, past or present are reading this, take heed. The process, the development of an idea, is always more enchanting to me, then the coveted final piece. So I hope I can convey this through my digital sketchbook/ blog.
It’s been a while since my last post, but I am determined to get back to my blogging feed. Since Instagram has consumed my daily illustrations, I have felt something has been missing. That one snapshot on my insta feed, cannot tell the stories, behind my illustrations, but only show what is on my desk and in my immediate view, and I do love a good narrartive when it comes to my work. So today I return with a new piece, from my ever growing ‘Crying Girl’ Series. May I introduce you to my newest acrylic, offspring; ‘Crying Girl Katsushika’. She is a wonderful fusion of two great creatives. The first being, the Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai, who painted the highly recognisable artwork, from the Edo period (1615-1868), called, ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, which has been appropriated in many repeated art forms, and now takes a new platform in my fashion practice. The second creative, is the British born, Sir Paul Smith, who is a British fashion designer and icon, with a reputation as the Mod Father of Fashion and classic mens tailoring. Those of you who know my work, will recognise, that I do love a coloured stripe or two, dividing an image with a strong, swathe of block colour. Mr Paul Smith also loves his stripes, and it is here, that I have decided to pay homage, to those stripes, breaking up the turbulent wave pattern in this Crying Girl’s world. Katsushika’s waves also reference the original Lichtenstein painting, Drowning Girl, which was the original artwork, to conceive this entire body of my work and prcatice. More to come on this weather beaten babe, very soon! XX