October 30, 2011
wow, cant believe its almost November, been awhile since I posted, life has just been full……………….Where does all the time go, it seems to be racing past at the moment, although I have gained an hour in my day today as the clocks changed today.
Have been away in a very tranquil setting in Suffolk, bliss is the word I would use describe it. This proud fella woke me up every morning at 6.30am. Why is it they rise and “cock a doodle do” everyday without fail? You would think they might have a few off days? His name is Neville by the way !
May 11, 2011
Wow, these columns are just amazing………
The project “grew out of a previous project, the ‘Platonic Solids’, that also used subdivision processes to generate complex forms,” he explains. However, while the Platonic Solids remained just a computer project, the Ornamented columns “were designed from the start with a full-scale fabrication in mind”. For Michael Hansmeyer, the use of groundbreaking technology is an important part of his work he says. Merging technology and algorithms and by using just a simple input like the Doric column he produces columns made out of 16 million facets whose texture is exquisite and which resemble sculptural objects. In explaining why he chose the Doric column as an input he says that he chose so since its order arguably contains less geometric information than the other orders. “As an input, it contains significant information about the form to be generated without over-specifying and thus restricting the output.”
March 9, 2011
on my way to work this morning, this little trio on my dining table caught me eye, they all tell a story in their own right, it just seemed strange they just landed there together, captured in time now on my iphone.
The white roses were bought for me last Friday, it had been a really full on week, had just got in and making a cuppa when came a knock on the door, A beatiful bunch of white roses thrust in my hands, the stress melted away, and a warmth flowed, someone cared, and that felt really good
the Dr Hofmann, figure, is one of my collectable toys, I bought this back in 2006, after I had completed the Hoffman Process, a week that literally changed my life. They are not at all connected though, Dr Hofmann is a street artist ad the Hoffman process is a week long residential course where you get to use a baseball bat to great affect !!! But I feel they were made for each other.
The image, is a page from vogue magazine dated 1962, I bought this at a vintage fare I attended over the weekend. the colours of pink and black look so striking I couldn’t resist. In 1962 I was 13 years old, life was ahead of me, and looking back wow, what a life. A real roller coaster of extreme highs and extreme lows. I feel I am on a new journey now and the Hoffman Process was a catalyst for this change So much has happened to me, so much has been unearthed, forgiven and let go off, the process of transformation is still in the making but in my bones it feels good……………
September 15, 2010
Its been on my mind now for some time, the momentum is building………….. I receive so many wonderful posts and emails about the papercut gardens I produce, it seems there is a great demand for me to put all my knowledge down on paper and produce a “how to” book. I dont really know how to go about it, but where there is will there is a way and if I put my mind to it, it will happen.
When I initially make these “gardens” I never imagined they would ignite such a positive global response………. I knew they were magical, as I made each flower and blew in a prayer of gratitude , that something bigger than each flower was happening, they were “made with love”. If I could impart this same enthusiasm, the same love and gratitude that I feel when I cut and paste all the petals together into the hands of everyone who will read the book, then I will be a very happy lady.
So I am putting this out to the universe!! anyone out there who has any ideas or suggestions on how to go about this then I am open to receive…………….
July 17, 2010
July 17, 2010
Now in plaster, Kathy’s busts, usually in cast concrete giving a dark grey hue, are now much paler. These perfectly detailed subjects and with ” interesting ” additions, like tower bridge, tower of london make them extremely desirable and a “must have” for the interior projects I have at hand. Go to Kathy’s site to see the whole collection http://www.kathydalwood.com/Jan/busts.html
May 19, 2010
Oh its lovely to go away but its doubly nice to get home !! One person very pleased to see me was my dear Lilly, my friend for 14 years. She is a lilac point Persian, very fluffy, talks a lot and has fabulous china blue eyes.
Up until last June she had a wonderful companion Ferdy, I bought them together, two little balls of fluff……… sadly Ferdy passed away last year leaving Lilly quite sad, she misses him. Right now she is lying next to me purring her little head off!!
February 2, 2010
In the words of C S Lewis “We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it”.
In Kate’s own words. “Simpact on the environment. These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world. In others, animals take on anthropomorphic qualities when they are given safety equipment to attempt to protect them from man-made environmental threats. In each case the union between man and nature is shown to be one of friction and discomfort with the disturbing implication that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices”.
December 13, 2009
Wonderfully creative use of paper
November 5, 2009
A really charming, whimsical and creative piece of paper cut animation by Michel Ocelot
It is Gouache, my dear, sir - amazing art imitating the computer generated image
Paintings by Japanese artist Kazuki Takamatsu.
October 6, 2009
Looking back recently, photos of my grandmother taken in 1904, pretty starched frilled bonnet and beautiful wide innocent eyes. Then a photo of my great grandmother taken around 1900 in Russia, not long before her death at the age of 34. So young, to die, with 5 children too, how sad. She looks so serene, so beautiful. I dont know much about her only what I have drawn from census information and birth, marriage and death certificates, she died in the UK. However from what I know all the children, grandchildren and so on are all very creative. Through research I have met many people with the Swindlehurst name and the vast majority are in the creative arts, architects or designers. I have my creativity from both sides of the family, maternally and paternally, a double whammy!!
Knowing my genes come from such talented people gives me a real sense of what great gifts have been passed down to me, and to my very talented children…………. and hopefully one day to theirs
The above images have been digitally enhanced with many layers