Friday, 25 March 2011

Tea mug

Ne sois pas triste :: Do not be sad

Text and image hand-painted in black in on a beautiful, heavy, off-white porcelain mug.

Priminister's wife; An Artist??

Irina Werning

'I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today... A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future'- Irina Werning

Oscar 1978 & 2010, Buenos Aires

MARINA IN 1988 & 2010, Buenos Aires

MY PARENTS IN 1970 & 2010, Buenos A

MATIAS IN 1977 & 2010, Uruguay

PANCHO IN 1983 & 2010, Buenos Aires

I really love this project, I love old photos and I'm a bit obsessed with them myself. This project really reminds me of a photo of my my Dad at some caves somewhere in Spain when he was in his late 20s, early 30s. We went back to visit the caves a few years a go and he had the same photo taken in exactly the same place. He looks the same except a little less 80s dressed and a little less hair.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Laura Makes Pictures

I really like these handmade cards and illustrations, and there are more of Laura's illustrations and drawings for book spreads etc on her website. She uses bold colours and sketchy lines, I really like her illustration style.

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Indie Book Publishing

This is a really good book, a look at how self publishing has taken off, different types of book binding, the design and thought process behind books, typography, papers etc. I read through it and its really exciting to see what you can create and reasoning behind designs and self publishing.

Brief and Context?

Context- Learn different book binding and book making processes. Experiment with making different types of books, how does the techniques and processes reflect the books function/purpose? Explore how shapes, sizes of the book affect the final bound book.

Brief- To gain skills and knowledge of different bookmaking processes. Researching and experimenting with covers, materials, paper, shape, size, reflecting the books function/purpose.

E.g. Notebooks, need to be quite big for lots of writing. Sketchbooks, size affects size and content within the book. Fiction/Story books need to be able to carry around and read easily.


Hardback, Paperback, Zines, Scrapbooks, Recipebooks, Journals, Diarys, Notebooks, Sketchbooks, Fact, Fiction, Stories, Pop-up Books, Picture books, How does the shape, size, and book making process present the books purpose and function? These are all things that I want to explore, different types of book bindings and book making. I want to gain skills and knowledge of the physical making of books and the thought process behind it. Experimenting with shapes, sizes and formats. The covers of books, textures and materials that can be used. I want to maybe illustrate covers to go on the books I make, and in the end create something like a recipe book of my favourite recipes, illustrate, think about paper, size, cover, type of binding and everything learnt during exploring book making. Try out different types of paper to bind inside the book, lined, squared, textured. What paper is apropriate for the books function. Thinking about elastics, ribbons as bookmarks? The details of book making that add elements to the finished book bound. How the cover reflects contents of books? The book being the art itself. The skill and time it takes to create handmade bound books. Ring binding, Japanese Bookbinding, Leather covers, Stitching. The history of book making, how it has developed and progressed, traditional leather covers and bindings. Pagination. Rounded edges, Straight edges, unconventional designs. Endpapers, the inside of the cover. Landscape, Portrait.

- Thoughts/Ideas/Things to consider.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Zara Illustrates


'Autumn Swing'


'City Fox'

I really like these illustrations art prints by a woman called Zara Picken. She has them for sale on her etsy site...

And more of her work here...

Good Books.

I really like the patterns and designs on these books!