Hard to believe six months ago I became a Nana here in the UK, Blake, arrived little early and before I got back from South Africa where I was getting my my parents home sorted to get it sold, it has been a long journey and the house now officially sold. There is still so much if not more going on. This next stage the actual packing and moving is so difficult in so many ways as I can't see my way to going back out there right now. It is so hard to be so far away but when you are young and carefree and you spread your wings and fly so far the last thing on your mind is this stage of life and how it will work...
On the work front I have been less busy with the competitions a I was approached to work as part of a studio, online.
It is proving to be difficult to work on my designs, not even sure why. Almost two months and feeling so fustrated, it's not just me; internet is intermittent, the website I am working on has gone haywire and I feel disorgnised. Working when I can but just treading water!
Desided to work one big contest.... after a days work and more; worked pasted midnightlast night, with 15hrs before dealine.... i just kept going... Woke up and worked and deadline has change again and does so each time I look! Money on this one is good but so are the number of submissions and not sure how to go as there is little direction from client...... which maybe my internet or not.
My current work/ project is much bigger and more complicated than I thought, Theres a lot of work sure and, yes that I am not phased by that, but emotions of everyone involved...that's another thing.
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I am in South Africa trying to help my mother move on after the recent sad passing of my father. We are in a house build by my grandfather in about 1947. The place has seen little in the way of modernization, except the decor and furniture has changed, but thats all. To sell there is so much not up to regulation. The more we try go forward the more snags we hit.
Cash and money still tied up... where do I even start! The electrics, the three leaking roofs, Large wooden garage gates that have rotted x3... if these were the only things thing look fairly straight forward, they are for trades people to do so quotes and finding the right people.
We then find out that the large cottage at the back has not got planning permission...So off to town council to sort it out, need an architect to draw up and get plans passed... okay more issues. Find an architect who comes to visit to see what to do. Bigger problem house is more then 60 years old and has heritage status. Pulling down is not an option either....
While all this is going on we are trying to sort a the vast collections of my grandfather and father. Overwhelming amount of machines small, large and parts, they where inventors, makers, every thing was kept as it could be useful. Dad loved to fix, pull apart and make improvements, electronics ..mechanical... I think we have a printer grave yard here, for each one I bin I find another lurking .
My dad, my father brilliant creative mind...
FREE ART FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
I am having a sort out for 2016 and would like to clear my old art work.
The first collection is a random batch of old and pre degree work. These pieces are canvases and framed work that can be used reused or recycled.
I am happy to give these away free of charge on the condition that however you choose to use them they must be not for personal gain. They can be sold or used by or on behalf of a charity or good cause. I am not able to deliver pieces, collection only.
The second collection of work is all products and by-products of my degree in Textile and Surface Design. This work ranges from flat work and textiles to some paper wall drops.
Again I am happy to offer these works free of charge on under the following conditions:
They are to be used, for example hung in charity and community spaces to brighten up walls and furnishings. They must go to a loving home, and are not to be recycled or used for personal financial gain. I will try match, sort out the most suitable pieces of work to the request. I am not able to deliver pieces, collection only.
Organizations and individuals (not for profit) who are interested please contact me letting me know how and where they will use the work.
...No not as in emotions good bad way, it's a way of working, I have played with this concept in my artwork, it's me , creating shapes cutting them out physically and mentally then rearranging the pieces and looking for the unexpected the surprises that just work. My whole screen printing practice was about this and when I came over to tattoo design I always knew that when I get one of my own designs it will follow this model...One day I may even be known for it but at present, still early in my tattoo career I am not sure if it is possible or more important desired....
To date I have offered the idea to a few clients and the designs have been liked but not taken up. A recent contest that I came across where the brief .... 'Negative' spaces...and very open to interpretation, has spurred me on to rethink...and reinvestigate...
I came to do this post as I felt like my work was all over the place, thought that my style and identity was in a muddle, but on pulling these images together it does not look like it, well I think so , anyone is welcome to comment they think otherwise. Besides not sure that it is so important to have a 'style'. I have work in my sketch books..on my ipad and on the computer so maybe this is just a reflection of the computer stuff...maybe not...
Increasingly working with pattern and loving it. I am beginning to see how I can incorporate what i did in my textile practice, into tattoo, the playing with negative and positive shapes and spaces letting stuff 'fall' to pieces, deconstructing and reinventing. Got all sorts in mind but time is always running away. Owl is not my work but fill in is....
New pen for sketching on skin...works really well flows easily, a little chunky, but does not drag and stick on the skin like other pens I have used...
The reasons some designs remain with me can vary...this was the last design I did before leaving my family in South Africa. A very special time spend with my brother in Plettenberg Bay, I bought him a book on the stars and we were lying under them...it goes deeper but that's just me being soppy...