Mirrored wood digital fabric print.

Working on the digital fabric print today that will become the lining of one of the garments and the backdrop to the whole show.

The fabric was actually quite difficult to photograph, I think my camera may have been struggling to focus on the fabrics surface…. or I might just need to get my tripod out.

Its becoming quite beautiful and is and excellent example of Pareidolia, all the little faces, creatures, skulls etc that I can see in it. It reminds me of when I was child my parents bedroom had this silvery grey wallpaper with a pattern of overblown roses and garlands, and I used to lie there searching for the little faces peeping out at. Mum told me I started seeing them after some kind of childhood fever, but like to think they were always there just waiting for me to notice them.

I might consider offering this print as limited edition scarf……

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Mirror face, show invites.

Just playing around with the layouts of the invites for my upcoming show on the 11th April, and I realized how beautifully this illustration mirrors.

There’s a lot of this mirroring about in design at the mo, I feel it owes a great big debt to Roger Dean and probably Hipgnosis too. 🙂
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The corona

‘but the Light came so quick and so white and shining, that they stept back mazed with it, and the very next minute, when they could see again, there was the full Moon in the sky, bright and beautiful and kind as ever, shining and smiling down at them, and making the bogs and the paths as clear as day, ‘
English traditional.

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On the edge.

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‘The Moon up yonder shone and shone, just as she does now, and when she shone she lighted up the bog-pools, so that one could walk about almost as safe as in the day.

But when she didn’t shine, out came the Things that dwelt in the darkness and went about seeking to do evil and harm; Bogies and Crawling Horrors, all came out when the Moon didn’t shine.

Well, the Moon heard of this, and being kind and good — as she surely is, shining for us in the night instead of taking her natural rest — she was main troubled. ‘I’ll see for myself, I will,’ said she, ‘maybe it’s not so bad as folks make out.” English traditional.

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The Buried Moon

Well it’s been a while since my last post, a serious health issue and family problems have put rather a hold on my work over the last year or so. I’m still struggling with the fallout from both of these, but the good news is I’m finding more energy (and time) to concentrate on my practice every day.

So here we are in a new year with a new major piece in the offing. As some of you may know I’m currently studying for a post grad in Fashion Design, this is my final piece I’m developing for it. It’s a concept piece based around the folk tale ‘The Buried Moon’ here’s a link if you fancy a read of the full text:http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/meft/meft24.htm

A brief synopsis would be as follows:

‘A curious Moon who, interested in how the people of the fens are using her light to safely find their way through the moss at night, comes down to earth only to be trapped by forces of evil and buried in a deep pool in the fen. As her light is gone from the Earth, the forces of darkness have free rein to torment the fen folk and prevent their night time travel. Frustrated by their predicament, the fen folk make a deal with a wise woman and embark on a mission to free the Moon and ultimately return to their safe night-time preambles.’

Its planned as a multimedia (that sounds so clunky!) installation incorporating; garments, 2d work and a sound piece. There will be quite a range of developmental work on here over the next few weeks.

I’ll start you off with a simple concept sketch of the Moon and her Dog. (I know there’s no dog in the story but I think she needs a bit of company on her night time patrol, and the traditional Tarot depiction of the moon usually always has a dog.)

Volcano Goddesses

I just finished a very short edition of screen prints of my Volcano Goddesses; they are hand pulled by me on beautiful deckle edged Somerset paper. The paper size is 76cmx57cm with the image approximately 51cmx39cm.

Two goddesses play sentinel for the erupting volcano, with themes of death, destruction, renewal, and the 2012 end of the world theory.

Available now from here : http://tokyojo.bigcartel.com/

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Tamlin

these from a series based around the ‘ Tamlin’ or ‘Tam Lin’ story http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam_Lin,

on the surface its a bit of ‘fairy story’ with elves and serpents, but its the themes of  redemption and transformation, that really resonated with me.

here’s Fairport doing their amazing version with Sandy Denny on vocals : http://youtu.be/guFZkLxYM60

pen and ink, and metallic inks, watercolour on Langton 300gm fine grain watercolour paper

fairy queen

queens eye

tamlin rose transformation

 tamlin eye