Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Temporary works...

I have finally discovered how to get an image up on my header!! Yay! After many months of frowning at this screen and hrumphing about it...I just need to make a proper Loon Bird header to replace the old Restless Things Etsy shop one and figure out how to fit it in the box properly...stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

So many interesting things...


Song of the week...will play in a new window so you can listen and browse at the same time Dana Falconberry - 'Paper Sailboat'

Exquisite jewelery made from antique findings and vintage items at Jewels in Bloom's Etsy shop I've made my order...

I'm too sad to tell you What a truly emotive project...

I'm Smitten- just for the stunning home page!

Move over 3191 this is just simply breakfast!

Simple beautiful artworks to evoke your childhood byAlyson Fox

Gorgeous presents from Anthea at Spinning Pretty

Anniebee's Etsy Shop...wonderful polaroid images, see my gorgeous coney island carousel horses print above!

Album of the week Andrew Bird's Armchair Apocrypha. Here's a fave track... Heretics

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Dear Sis...



For some reason I cannot post comments which is very frustrating in trying to reply to people who have been kind enough to take note off what I am doing and saying...hello out there!

Sis...printing on these letters has been a trauma - I mean, very stressful!!! I so didn't want to ruin any but there have been casualties along the way...I knew there would be and I feel so bad about it!! Lots of concentration and heavy breathing in the studio...stomping...swearing...you know how it gets! But they are finished and I am pleased with how they have turned out. What I really enjoy about working on used paper like this is the rationalization of space - all of the space has already been given a purpose in a previous incarnation and with that I weave the narrative betweeen the text, paper and image. It somehow works for me and I hope that it works for others too. Having these images on plain paper just would seem so dull to me...it is all worth the risk...

My new series of prints are for sale and titled Trace I, II, III & IV and I'm hoping that the listing is clear for this as there are four separate listings to buy a one, two, three or four page love letter from Bob to Truda with a continuing theme of prints on them. When I purchased these letters I spent time sorting them into piles depending on the different lengths of each letter and devised four separate images to be printed onto them...is it clear or does it just look like I have listed the same thing four times like a loon?! Comments please!

It would appear that I can now magically post comments...oh well...more tomorrow I have lots to show and tell!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Truda and Bob...New work in progress...


My most recent and exciting purchase has been a set of love letters from Mr Robert Ward of Bolton to Miss Truda Uffen a french teacher from Leicester - pictured above. Despite googling these people I have as yet been unable to find any background info about them...I will continue to look. These letters were sent between 1926 and 1933 with one final letter in 1936 when both appear to be engaged to other people. The tone is of affection and with well wishes for the future. The letters are often hard to read because of Bob’s scrawl but talk about meeting up to go to the ‘pictures’ and reference various jokes between the two that are never fully understood.

I have spent my morning ironing these letters flat in preparation for printing. The smell of warm, musty paper with a hint of cigarette smoke gently filling the air. Another picture of Bob shows him posing against one of his boats smoking a cigarette and I have been thinking that maybe the smell of cigarettes on the letters has come from his time pondering over each page, writing and smoking...I have also been wondering what other traces have been sent between the pair...the essence of the individuals day; where they have been, people they have shaken hands with...sent but not seen.

Sketches for a new set of prints on these letters...current experimentation on book pages...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Sneak peek...


Well, it has to be said I have been getting a l'il bit addicted to the Design Sponge 'Sneak Peek' section on a daily basis! Not to mention having the occaisional cruise around Apartment Therapy...and Corners of my Home on Flickr. Come to think of it for most of my adult life I have been quite obsessed with looking at other people's homes. I love the way those magazines and features make things look so perfect and start to obsess about my home looking that clean and tidy 100% of the time. Which is crazy 'cos those who have been to my home know it is a quirky dump inhabited by hoarders. But I thought I would share this image of my living/dining room...tidy for a change...the table at which me and the Swede tell each other the stories of our days, rant, laugh, drink some wine and eat our meals. It's the hub of our home, really.

Banners...



Finally, I have the equipment to create a lovely new banner for the Restless Things Shop! However, I have still had no joy regarding putting a banner up here!! If anyone knows the secret handshake to get a banner atop my blogger site please, please get in touch. Looking at that blank box makes me want to cry and despite advice I have had no luck!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Rain...rain...rain...


Today, I have mainly been listening to the sound of the rain on the kitchen roof...coupled with music drifting down from my studio it makes me feel calm. I have been thinking about ways in which I would like to see my work progress whilst packaging up prints to be sent off to their new homes. Spring is nearly here and I can sense some great things are on their way...

Thanks again to Design*Sponge for featuring my work. All of the ‘Flora’ prints have now officially been sold - after a few hiccups - and are out the door. There is a new set currently residing in the Restless Things shop inspired by the novel Dead Fingers Talk by William Burroughs, a slightly sombre affair but I hope they are enjoyed nonetheless...