I love the cover of this book which I was pleased to purchase for 50p at a tiny flea market in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire (entry fee 10 pence). I love the somewhat sinister look of the cover and the title ‘Those Fragile Years’ which I think sounds quite creepy. I like the colours, pink, mustard and teal and the border around the image. A good find indeed.
On Saturday I went to Manchester and visited the David Shrigley exhibition at the Cornerhouse. I love the spontaneous style of his drawings- the way they are silly-seeming on the surface but point to underlying anxieties, fear, despair and other big human feelings .
The exhibition is on 3 levels and I really liked the top floor, where a sculpture of a big naked man stands ‘posing’ for people to draw. He even blinks.
Or rather, one of my interests- but it’s always a pleasure to write a rhyming title. I just wanted to let you know that I am an active Pinner onto the visual bliss that is Pinterest. I can’t belive you won’t have heard of this particular social networking tool, but just in case, Pinterest enables you to keep virtual pinboards, with themes of your choosing, onto which you can pin pictures which you can find nearly anywhere on the WWW (a few sites, including Facebook, won’t let you) and also from within Pinterest itself, known as repinning. You can download a pin icon which you simply have to press if you like an image you see- marvellously handy when webtrotting.
You can add an opinion/ bit of info to your pinned image. If you don’t yet have a board of your own, I urge you to sign up for the simple reason that pinning is one heckuva lotta fun. Come and find me on Pinterest here. I have quite a few boards, my own favourite of which is ‘Things I like,’ if you have a look at it you’ll get a good idea of the kind of things I like to look at and I think you’ll agree I’ve got *fabulous* taste ; – )
Pinterest is a good place to get ideas and discover new products and people- and also a good place to spend ALot of time! You have been warned…..
Goodies on display here are by Marianne Batlle, Colourbox and Maira Kalman and can also be found on Pinterest. I can’t stop looking at the beaded Van Gogh- this could become a problem…
I now have a smart and organised looking portfolio, which gives me the air of near total professionalism. I also have an online shop and will update you excited-ly when there are products to buy on there (expect cards, print and oh so much more!) Please have a look and see what you think; I always appreciate your feedback, lovely readers. Happy thoughts and jolly weekends your way!
Last week I caught up with the delightful Jonathan Chapman, AKA Mr Yen, paper-cutter extraordinaire. Click here to read the interview.
This week I interviewed Kate of Kate Thornton Design, bird enthusiast and maker of collages, for my column at Jackie Magpie
Check out Kate’s fantastic studio space:
You can find the interview here.
If you take a trip to Jackie Magpie today, you’ll discover my interview with Ben Javens, one of my most favourite modern day draw-ers and a super cool chap to boot. You can find it here.