Saturday, November 24, 2007

Saturday dreaming...


This is the first Saturday I have had off of 'work' all year. My time as a full-time worker is almost at an end and I've been spending my time dreaming about all of the things I want to achieve next year and of all the things I will be able to create with that little bit of extra time on my hands...here's looking forward...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Holiday specials...


Well, the holiday season is basically upon us so I thought I'd better being so 'Bah humbug!' and do something special in the shop for all those etsy xmas shoppers!


Between today, 19th November and Monday 10th December all archival prints will have a whacking great 25% off! That's right folks - all prints are now $15 and large size prints are $45!!

You can also look out for a few originals which I will be dropping in there over the coming days. Plus I have a pile of 'studio seconds' - prints that are perfect but were 'test' prints, have had their edges mangled (they will be trimmed for sale - don't worry!) or weren't right for a custom order so all will be for sale at much lower prices just to get them out of my way!

I'm not even going to go there with xmas cards et al this year - there are so many millions of great ones out there already. I'm reserving my energy for some new year creating - get some fresh new items in the shop and get prepared for some upcoming exhibitions...

It's a miserable day and I'm off to do some charity shopping...x

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sketchy...


At the moment my life feels like it's on hold. Waiting for this job to end so I can have a little free space in my mind to really think about what I want to achieve with my art. My brain is worn out and all I dream about is time to relax and time to experiment with the 50 million ideas rattling around in there.

But today was a nice day. I drew some pretty pictures (elaborating on some weekend sketches like above) and went out in the rain to buy new pencils. I spent a long time fondling the caran d'ache supracolor and prismalo's and left the shop with a fine new selection and scribbled away the afternoon with lots of hot chocolate! So it's not all bad...

Friday, November 09, 2007

model|muse|motivation: mildred and couson johnie corbal...



Mildred and 'couson Johnie' - filthy dirty, he with his rifle and she with her baseball bat - what a rogue pair! What an inspiration... I have some other fabulous pictures of Johnie - I must show you his coif and shiny car of later years if I can find them...

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Prints of a new piece titled 'Nothing to Fear...' are now available in the 'Restless Things' shop! This piece of paper was so engaging to work on. It is actually quite dirty as well as discoloured - not to mention quite a large sheet which is quite rare to come across! A joy to work on.

Some flickr faves...
Krisatomic's untitled interior...
Knive and Skod's unnerving silhouette...

Hope your day is a bit brighter than mine! :)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sunshine...



Spending my time experimenting with sun-bleaching, building layers on which I will eventually paint. I feel like such a grouch today even though nice things have happened. Don't you just hate that? Grrr.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

model|muse|motivation: the found image...




Note on the reverse of photo reads 'Ruth feeding Nannie.' Just beautiful.

Other great inspirations this week include the intricate layered papercuts of Helen Musselwhite. Visit her etsy shop here. If they were sold framed I would buy all of these!!

I love this song... Angel Deradoorian :: Grey Teeth
(From Gorilla Vs. Bear a fabulous music blog...)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Snapshots of work in progress and the BIG news...


'Uneasy...' mixed media on found cardboard.


And it's my biggest announcement of all. It's coming up for this blog's one year anniversary - and I know I'm not that great at daily posts (I have managed around 70 in all!)but at the moment my life doesn't allow for too much exciting stuff to happen. When I started this blog my aim was to give myself a focus - to suss out what was important to me in how I create and really boil those things down to find an overall style and way of working that said something about what I am really interested in as an artist.

A year ago I set up my studio at home and told my self to just spend a year finding direction. The day job has been gruelling and my creative mind was jumping around in all directions not knowing where to go and what to do. The network of bloggers out there has remained a daily inspiration and despite my full-time work leaving me exhausted I have managed to produce some work that I feel has grasped what I'm on about and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

So what now?

At the end of the year I told myself I would either carry on in my job and make art work as and when or I would step up my artwork a gear and find alternative work to pay the rent that didn't leave me feeling like I had been run over by a heard of elephants at the end of the day. And this is where the announcement comes in...as of next month I will be stepping down from my role in management to a less demanding role and post xmas I will be working less days a week in order to push my work forward. This is a really big, scarey step! But also very exciting as I'm looking forward to having time to experiment and develop ideas much more...

This week I've been playing around with recording the steps I go through in creating a piece, it's fascinating to see something evolve...the finished piece is above. I love this piece of cardboard that I've worked on here. It's the underside of a heatproof ironing board cover that came from a beautiful old wood ironing board I found in the street. Unfortunately the board itself was past its best and unuseable, however I new this beautiful card would come in handy somewhere...if only my scanner were bigger and you could see the lovely torn edges...I also love the old stains on it...so interesting!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Announcement...Part Two...




Expectation (sadness)...



I am very pleased to announce that Jessica Goldfond's Shiny Squirrel project launched as of yesterday and I am excited to have two originals and two prints available for sale amongst the work of many other talented artists. The site looks FAB! Go check it out...


'X is for Kiss...'


A Little Bit, Sometimes...


Such a Pretty Thing...

Monday, October 01, 2007

Oh, if only I could stay inside this bubble and eat my icecream all day long...




A new piece in stock at the Restless Things Shop. A limited edition of 5 digital prints made from a found 1950's negative with a hand drawn bubble. If only we could all just curl up in a ball and eat icecream all day long!!

Also, a big hello to anyone stopping by from the poppytalk handmade market which started today! Welcome!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Such a lovely day...


Yesterday I had such a lovely day. A well earned lay in followed by a day of mooching about charity shops and lunch at my favorite cafe followed by dinner with a friend - relaxing days like this don't get much better - and just look at my beautiful finds! Gorgeous red fabric I have ear-marked for an a-line skirt and a pair of brogues which were the perfect fit! Now, back to work...

Monday, September 17, 2007

Announcement...Part One...


I received an email from Jan at Poppytalk this morning to let me know that my work has been selected to feature in the first PoppyTalk Handmade Market in October! This may not be too exciting for you dear readers as I daresay you have already visited the Restless Things shop - but think of all those unsuspecting people who have yet to discover my wares!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

model|muse|motivation: looks more lonely than it is...


Today, found images and words. 'Looks more lonely than it is...' written on the back of one of these found photos...

Apparently autumn starts tomorrow...

Efterklang :: Mirador
From the mesmerizing forthcoming album 'Parades'...
MP3 from Raven Sings the Blues a great music blog, go pay them a visit...

Enjoy the last sunny day.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Geek.


I would like to say that my nites were full of exciting rampaging around the city, enjoying the company of my friends (not to mention 'The Swede')and sipping on a few bottles of the finest wines...alas...there was wine this past Saturday eve...coupled with my swearing at photoshop whilst I tried to create these beauties (postcards) to send out with future sales. Sad but true.This is why I am a (proud) geek.

New (old) work and prints in the shop. Prints will now be listed in three sizes (standard, medium and LARGE) so you only have to contact me if you would like something reeaaly specific.

Some interesting announcements are forthcoming...

Stay well all!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sorry for the delay...

I've had a migraine for what feels like about a year...and whilst that was going on I was tagged...again....by the lovely lucie of blu-shed. In my period of absence I have been thinking about what I could possibly tell you of interest about myself that didn't involve me sounding like a raving lunatic with OCD. Instead I thought we would opt for a tour of what's going on in my life today with pictures and a little bit of elaboration in between...

My animal of choice is Moomin...Moomin loves cardboard boxes...


At my bedside I keep a pile of magazines, nylon, lula, a-n, pop, currently reading about Francesca Woodman, a box given to me by my sister, gig tickets - yet to attend Polar Bear and King Creosote...scent du jour is Indolence by Guerlain, a handmade necklace, my heart-charm bracelet from a flea market in NY is one of my favorite things EVER, scissors in the shape of a crane.....

In the fridge we have orange juice! I love how this carton is almost jumping out of the fridge brandishing it's 5-a day values! Also houmous, sun-blush toms, activia yogurt with cereal, speedball photoemulsion and some old gocco screens I forgot about and lots of general veggie goodness in there...not very tidy...sums up my household really...

This is where the 'magic' happens...lots of dismantled books and pencils...half a dozen bottles of me ol' fave the white ink. A washing line to peg important pieces out of the way...there's a couple of drawings by Adam Stovesup there too I will frame those eventually...


The garden got a little crazy this year...I planted a pack of nasturtiums seeds and then it rained for two months and when I next went outside my entire garden was FULL of these plants! Nice in a way, I will be sad when they die...

Now, I think that's enough for one day!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Relax!

I think sometimes I forget how to just relax...actually, I know I do! It's been a strange week of doing things that normal people do such as visiting family, drinking tea and having a catch up - instead of busying away trying to cram every spare second of the day with either being creative or just getting something done. I have made a note that it's something I must do more often!


Thanks to Lesley from What Blog for featuring my work! Such an intriguing montage of recent drawings with an older print, made me look at things differently.

Several original drawings have been added to the Restless Things Shop along with a few newbies...

Red...

Red... was a bit of a birthday self-portrait I started the other week, aged about 6 I think! Taken from my favorite photo of me as a kid. Thankfully I don't have red hair anymore, as beautiful as it is it makes life so much easier!


Wanting, needing...

Oh! This is a piece I have been frowning at for a few weeks now. Was so unsure of how the hands would look and it turned out pretty sweet in the end...

Also, I have opened a second etsy shop Works On Paper in order to clear out some of the backlog of book plates and illustrations I have. If you are into collage, mixed media or ACEOs it might be worth a look as there will be tons of children's book illustrations, encyclopedia and medical illustrations over the coming weeks there may be something of interest for you!

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

It's official...!


You may now visit oliviajeffries.com, my new online portfolio! This, my friends, is the product of many weeks worth of extreme caffeine intake and crying/shouting at the computer screen. It's been emotional - re-teaching myself how to write html but at last I feel ready to show the world my new baby. It's a simple platform for my recent work to just speak for itself and although most of these pieces have been debuted here before I hope you enjoy perusing them there unfettered by my blathering!

I will leave you with a song that's so intimate and lo-fi; reflecting my creative concerns right now...listen, browse, enjoy!

J Tillman :: When I Light Your Darkened Door

More details and mp3's are available at Yerbird...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Finally...


You and your big mouth...




The Wolf...

After what seems to be an eternity the sun finally shone here in Norwich today. A sunny day - especially after such a long spell without - makes me feel especially productive! I spent most of the day merrily listening to The Smiths and drawing my l'il heart out...


Like crystal...Like coral...



Some people cannot breathe...

Take care all, back next week!

Monday, July 16, 2007

model|muse|motivation: colour...



Inspiration today comes straight from my palette...many years of paint slowly layering up, making new colours all of the time...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Hello!



Thanks to everyone who has stopped by from the link at the Urban Outfitters blog You are most welcome to stop by anytime!

Hope the sun is shining wherever you are today...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Love is a meaningless word...


Yesterday I felt totally uninspired.

And it's funny how inspiration can just suddenly jump out and scream 'Gotcha' - and your head is in a whirl with ideas. I spent a while yesterday afternoon browsing through some of my books. This is something which I haven't done in ages and something I should do much more often as it really chilled me out. I am a total workaholic so this was a rare moment for me! Flicking through some pages and enjoying the musty smells I came across the above piece of paper and felt like my mind exploded into a million tiny pieces...work is again in progress...

Monday, July 09, 2007

Where are my manners!


Today I have been having a little bit of a tidy up. I am one of those people - and I have blogged the evidence before - that has a terribly messy workspace. No matter how I try and organise myself the paper, the rubbish, the pencil shavings flow all over. I often dream of having some vast studio where everything is beautifully organised and I lounge about being dashingly creative at the drop of a hat - but let's face it, it would be an even bigger room full of old tripe! Anyways, during my tidy up this morning I came across forgotten mail - how rude of me! The lovely Yael Frankel contacted me a while back to organise a swap and declare her love for my work and I love a good swap as much as the next blogger...the beautiful set of postcards she sent me unfortunately met their doom in the studio and I only excavated them from the piles today!! Thankyou Yael they are beautiful!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Hmmm...interesting...


I was just purusing my flickr page this afternoon and took a moment to look at my most 'popular' images in order of 'interestingness'. I quite like the word interestingness - it sounds like the kind of made up word that I would make up and I really like making up words. But anyways, it would seem that 'Your House from Mine...' the picture that never made it to an actual print run is the winner! Plus all of your lovely comments on it have made me start to reconsider whether I might maybe just make 10, if my brain can stand the stress of the registration...maybe.

It seems to have finally stopped raining - enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

What's a girl to do...



What's a girl to do, eh? It's been raining on and off for weeks with barely a second of real summer sunshine to have been seen...that's it! Buy some new shoes to make the day go with a swing! I have been searching for the ultimate pair of quirky brown flats for sometime now to no avail but stumbled across these beauties in Topshop this morning! I shall spend the rest of the day wearing them around the house to break them in whilst finishing up a few more drawings...



'Untitled (Dancers, Pt. 1)', drawing with gocco on 1930's envelope...



'Untitled (Dancers, Pt. 2)', drawing with gocco on 1930's envelope...



'Speak Up, I Can't Hear You...' drawing on old hardback book cover...

Wherever you are enjoy your day...even if it's raining...

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Still here...


I'm still here! Just feeling like I have nothing much to say right now. Am quietly drawing and working on some new prints but there are a lot of things whirring around my brain right now that are really slowing me down...Over the weekend a selection of the 'Transient Life in Twilight' series will be available as prints in the shop...I'll be back with more things to say and show and tell soon...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Transient Life in Twilight...



Sketching these early this wednesday morning...whilst listening to the the enchanting sounds of James Blackshaw...over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over...

Psst...listen...
Running to the ghost...
O True Believers...

Courtesy of a fabulous music blog....Motel de Moka

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Silence...


I've been feeling a little bit quiet lately...I've even been enjoying just the sound of total silence, no music mumbling away in the background. There are too many things going on right now that are interfering with me just doing what I want to do (making things) that I just feel like ripping my hair out. I found this old sketch in a notebook this morning and I just feel like that little boy today. Untogether. There are some creative endeavours on the way but work has been painfully slow and I hate to feel like I'm making something for the sake of it. The worst thing is I really want to do a model|muse|motivation post with a certain image that I just cannot find!! I am enraged by this! But it's my own fault for living in a house full of snippets of paper...

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Shop update...



Just wanted to mention there has been a wee shop update with a few archival prints of collages...have been really enjoying just playing with paper recently.



It's funny how when I sketch things out for collages...just layering up pieces of paper and moving things about...that things look so fussy and I have to say to myself 'What is it you like most about the pieces of paper you have brought together here? Take away all of the bits you don't like...' And then it becomes an oasis of calm on paper...everything comes together.



I was so pleased with the piece titled 'Apparently...' (above) just for its minimal-ness (if that's a word?) I tried to incorporate some much more representational elements to it but it just became so overparticular to my eyes!

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend...I spent mine at work, pah! That's real work not jolly, creative work...