Archive | May, 2011

Handwriting!

30 May

I have always been complimented on my handwriting – it’s a kind of loopy, ornate script that, in all honestly, looks like I had a rather old fashioned education. Here’s something I did for Boots Health and Beauty Magazine.

My 'script'

Perhaps it’s because I’m known for my writing that I’m continually drawn to a hand-rendered script. However, I believe it’s more than that, there is a soft, obviously personal, quality to it and although the work I’m about to showcase is lovingly and exceptionally well thought out, to me, it evokes a sense of light, spontaneity not overworked or laboured.

I can’t tell you how completely inspired I am by the Rifle Paper Company – I’m often in Liberty simply marveling at Anna and Nathan Bond’s amazing endeavors in stationery. The Florida-based company’s collection has got a retro yet completely contemporary look that I simply adore – take a look at it for yourself.

Rifle Co gorgeousness


Lovely Rifle card


More Rifle joy

Other State-side stationers I love are Brooklyn residents, Linda and Harriett. They recently showed digitally printed watercolor-style hand-written calendars at the US National Stationery Show. I simply adore the loose style and sensitive use of colour – fabulous!

Hand-written calendars from Linda and Harriet


Hand-written calendars from Linda and Harriet

It’s all going on in the US actually, Angelique Phillips lives in Orange County, California. Her distinctive calligraphy is just gorgeous and has a lovely vintage vibe.

Angelique loveliness

Keeping it simple, Angelique style


Over to Europe. Sabrina Tibourtine is based in Germany and does wonderfully child-like prints that I find quite enchanting. I love its simplicity and kind of shabby chiciness.

Sabrina's wonderful script


More from Sabrina

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Papercuts!

26 May

The art of paper cutting has enjoyed a wider popularity of late namely due to Rob Ryan. Although I like Ryan’s work I must admit there has been a bit of overkill of late, with a number of artists aping the romantic slogans and whimsical settings that made his work so distinctive.

That said I just adore that fact that you can draw with a blade or scissors and produce such astonishing results.

My feather cuts

My feather cut

I’ve made it sound simple there – it’s not, I know, I’ve done it (see above) and not only is it a mental and creative challenge, it’s also physically demanding (oh how I suffered with hand cramps and spasms).

So here’s a round up of some of my favourite current papercut practitioners

Sara Burgess describes her papercuts as “the opposite of technology. It’s raw, simple, soft, tangible and breathtaking”. Her work is pretty breathtaking.

Sara Burgess

Papercutdiecut’s work is just lovely – very simple, chic and accessible too.

Papercutdiecut

Naomi Shiek’s papercut wedding stationery is inspirational – it’s given me loads of ideas for my own lino prints.

Naomi Shiek

Joe Bagley’s stuff is amazing – it’s real ‘boy’ stuff, incredibly technical but delicate and lovely all the same.

Joe Bagley

Chris Natrop’s larger papercut installations are simply stunning – creating majestic mini-landscapes.