Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Monday Musings... Matthias Jung

Apologies for the late Monday Musings post, I was pulling a 14 hour shift yesterday. I came across the surreal collages of Matthias Jung when I was trawling the internet for interesting building pics. Jung creates collages of structures in situations that couldn't exist in real life. Definitely worth a look! 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Daily Drawings

Another quick sketch from my doodle book. I had my spy series in mind when I was drawing this one. 

Paperfolk Picks

What I'm reading... The Mime Order

The Mime Order is the second book from Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season. I was recommended The Bone Season by a friend after I finished the Goldfinch and The Luminaries in quick succession. I needed a light, easy page turner. The books are aimed at a young adult audience but I was hooked! Shannon has created a world in the future that vaguely resembles Britain today but has the addition of the human race being separated into those who have mind controlling powers and those who don't. As would be expected the human race do not tolerate those who have powers and work tirelessly trying to find ways to wipe out their existence. The voyants also have conflict within their own kind and this story is told in the first novel. The Mime Order follows on from The Bone Season and continues to tell the story of Paige Mahoney and her development into an independent adult. The most interesting parts of the novel for me are when we are introduced to non-human characters and of course the detailed battle scenes. There were small sections two thirds of the way trough the novel that could have been shorter and more refined but this is Shannon's first published works so there are bound to be points for development and it will be interesting to see where she goes with book number three. 
In short if you're looking for an easy but interesting read then go for it!

What i'm listening to... The Julie Ruin

I spent my youth listening to Bikini Girl and Le Tigre so naturally I was gutted when Kathleen Hanna seemed to disappear from the music scene never to be heard of again. In the film, The Punk Singer, Hanna describes her battle with illness and it becomes clear why she was no longer able to continue writing and performing. The Julie Ruin is Hanna's new band and although it shows a more mature style there is still the punk element that makes e feel completely nostalgic. Young women need Kathleen Hanna around!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Daily Drawings

A quick sketch of houses on stilts. This was drawn with an eventual embroidery in mind but not sure. 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Daily Drawings

A new little character from my sketchbook. My little girl thinks it's her (she's 2 years old).

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Embroidery: Girl with Headphones

Happy Sunday!I've just completed my new 'Girl with Headphones' embroidery. The headphones are satin stitch and the hair strands are all backstitch. You can probably guess the hair took forever!

The original idea came from a sketchbook drawing...

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Monday Musings: Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Apologies but yesterday was hectic so i'm cheating a wee bit and giving you Monday Musings on a Tuesday! I wanted to give a mention to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival taking place this weekend. I know embroidery is my thing but I have been known to dabble in other crafts on occasion. Seasoned knitters will love the selection of stalls and beginners will find the selection of classes a real help. There's lots more info on the website but get yourself down there and join in the fun!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Paperfolk Picks

What i've been reading...

Michel Faber's 2002 bestseller, The Crimson Petal and the White, is a beast of a book, The story centralises around the lives of a middle class family versus that of prostitutes living in Victorian London. The story is straightforward and stories like this have been told many times, however Faber's writing style is what saves this novel from being just another period drama. Faber describes scenes in incredible detail to the point where I felt I learned a lot about everyday life during the Victorian period. The novel also takes time to allow the reader to understand the different restrictions placed on women during this period despite class, For example the main character's young wife didn't understand she was pregnant because she simply hadn't been educated in understanding the workings of her own body. There are slower points in the novel but it is well worth persevering through these lulls because overall it's definitely worth spending time on. 

What I'm listening to...

I first listened to doom cellist, Helen Money, a few years ago when I was at All Tomorrow's Parties in London. She was playing in a small area next to all of the merchandise to a tiny group of people who happened to catch her when they were wandering around the venue in between main acts. If you haven't heard of her before, imagine a Cellist playing Metal. It sounds like a weird combo but it's pretty amazing! 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Monday Musings... Hoop-la Mag

I'm so pleased to be a contributor to the Spring issue of Hoop-la Mag! I designed a pattern for a birthday card and wrote a step by step guide so if you want to give it a try you can pick up the mag in WHSmith or online. If you haven't read previous issues of Hoop-La, it's a contemporary embroidery publication full of DIY projects, insights into craft rooms and interviews with artists working today.