Williamsburg Street Art

September 3, 2010

Some nice bits of street art spotted in Williamsburg, NYC last week!


Helmut Smits

July 29, 2010

I stumbled across a man’s website called Helmut Smits (a past UWIC student) the other day. He is an artist who sees everyday things in interesting ways and I spent a lot of time browsing through his works on the website. His stuff reminds me of Daniel Eatock (another site which I could spend hours browsing).

I like the ‘ideas’ section on Helmut’s site the best.

CSAD Summer Show

June 11, 2010

Have been looking around the Cardiff School of Art & Design Summer Show this week, which features work from final year students across the CSAD courses. Lots of lovely things to look at! Couldn’t help feeling a bit daunted looking at the third years’ Graphic Communication work, let’s hope we can match up to it next year. I don’t think I will ever get used to looking at graphic design in a gallery setting, but these pieces caught my eye.

Clever mini posters dealing with the issue of consumerism by Andy Penny. I especially liked the small wooden stands and want some of my own.

Lovely illustration by Hannah Smith for the Puffin Book Design competition. I love the handwritten title and the traditional style of the design

A series of posters by Jack Butcher, that deal with the issue of religion and promote the website, thedebate.com, a public forum for religious debate. I like a good debate and thought it was a very witty and effective print campaign. I must have been very susceptible to bright colours the day I visited the exhibition.

The contemporary textiles exhibition was very pretty and feminine. So much nice work but my favourite things had to be these bears handmade by Alice Rose Lewis. I want one!

The Illustration exhibition was held at an empty shop in a shopping arcade in the centre of Cardiff. It was a nice space and thought it was a shame that the other courses couldn’t have been held somewhere outside of the college environment too. Really liked the two pieces above by Adam Travers that are reactions to our chaotic world.

There was a good yet creepy and disturbing animation shown in the basement, I watched a bit of it, but as I was alone and in a small dark room, I had to stop incase something frightening happened. Still from the animation made by Jake Eldridge.

I have no idea if this bike which was leaning against the wall was part of the exhibition, but I was very taken by it. On the back wheel is drawings of famous moustaches, and on the front, famous glasses.

Cassandra Jones

September 21, 2009

I really like the work of Cassandra Jones at the moment. She makes artwork out of found images on the internet. My favourite set of images is her series of wallpaper patterns she’s made from dancing cheerleaders.

Here’s what they look like from afar..


Cassandra Jones from afar…and up close:Cassandra Jones up closeSecond best would have to go to wallpaper made up entirely of flamingoes. It looks like such a genuine floral wallpaper I think I wouldn’t have even noticed the birds unless they were pointed out. I hope I can have a copy covering my bedroom walls one day:

Flamingo wallpaper(found via booooooom, where there is quite a good video of Cassandra talking about her work, too)

London & Dead Squirrels

October 12, 2008

Monday 29th September 2008

On Friday Mr. Workman & I shot off to suburban Surrey to look after my sister’s house while she went on holiday. London’s only forty minutes away on the train so I wanted to make the most of it and check out the V&A which I hadn’t been to before. Also wanted to see their ‘Cold War Design’ exhibition which had just opened. Lots of odd and visually interesting furniture, clothes and technology was displayed such as this chair, which I wish I owned. The whole exhibition felt like it was someone’s vision of what the future would be like in a hundred years.

I planned to take more photos in LDN but as I was getting promptly told off whenever I took my camera out in museums, one of the only photos I got was a bit of a morbid, voyeuristic shot of a squirrel who had got run over in the village where we were staying. Poor Squirrel.

Think I probably have a bit of a weird curiosity about dead animals, especially when they’re roadkill. If I see a dead animal on the road while being driven somewhere I always want to have a good look. I just looked up ‘road kill’ on flickr, and found someone who made road kill cookies, so maybe I’m not alone.

Friday 26th September 2008

The other day I paid a visit to Pontardawe Arts Centre to see the Chapman Brothers touring exhibition of ‘My Giant Colouring Book’ which consists of pages of real colouring books which have been manipulated through the brothers’ etchings. It results in a series of grotesque and macabre pieces of art which seem out of a place on an extremely sunny September afternoon. My favourite piece was this cut up, decapitated teddy bear.

Today I got to have a nosy at other peoples’ work on my course (that they had produced in the last year) which was nice. It was interesting to see that everyone’s had different experiences of design up to this point. I noticed that a lot of students had quite a bit of computer-based/type work, while on my foundation course last year we barely touched on typography, and I chose not to do too much on computers. I just hope that I won’t be too far behind other people in terms of technological know-how..