Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Madama Butterfly

Time for an animated interlude courtesy of L'Opera Imaginaire and their 4 minute animated interpretation of the Madama Butterfly tale. Press play, sit back and enjoy!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Anax Imperator (Argent)

I was recently commissioned to create this new piece by a client who saw one of my dragonfly pieces, and then gave me free rein to create something with silver-leafed dragonflies. Anax Imperator (Argent) was the result. I really enjoyed creating this piece, and like the way in the finished piece that certain dragonfly wings catch and reflect the light. The piece when viewed as a whole, reminds me of a large silver Alium flower when it is viewed from a distance. I might just have to create a version in gold.

If you would also like to commission a bespoke work then contact me and we can discuss the details.

Friday, 9 August 2013

More Butterfly Couture

More butterflies floating down the catwalk courtesy of the S/S 2013 collection of the Korean fashion designer Lie Sang Bong. Liking the quirky Tiger Swallowtail butterfly glasses.

This dress below is interesting, a trellis-like framework covered with plastic cut-out butterflies. The centre-piece of the collection.

Some really nice colourful butterfly printed textiles which translate well onto fabric.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Byaku: Nahoko Kojima

Whilst we're on the subject of artists who work with paper, one of the great things about events like the recent Urban Art fair is that you get to meet people who like, (as well as those that don't like), your work. It's even better when you meet someone who turns you on to artists or exhibitions that had passed under your radar. One such artist recommended to me by a visitor was Nahoko Kojima who practices the art of kiri-e, (Japanese paper-cutting), and is currently showing at Jerwood Space, Union Street. The piece on display is titled: Byaku and is a papercut sculpture created from a very large sheet of Washi paper. It represents a life-size polar bear diving into the ocean, and took 7 months to create with Kojima apparently having to change the blade of her scalpel every 3 minutes. 

It is a really beautiful, ethereal piece, and is a totally convincing evocation of a polar bear, suspended in space. Thank you Eileen C. for the heads up on this artist, it was a pleasure to meet, (and be photographed), with you and your friends at Urban Art.