Archive for July, 2013

July 31, 2013

Look What I found!





I love delving into the room of requirements and seeing what I turn up with. Note: Always wear shoes when you go in there, you may need to squish a spider!

So these two paintings were done in my first year of uni doing illustration. The brief was to so a series of 12 illustrations for laptop covers…fun! I don’t think i paid any attention to the brief at all and went off an a tangent in the end producing these. I have no idea where the rest are, i have a feeling that i probably threw them out. The top one is quite obviously “Little Red Riding Hood” which I did using oil pastels. The bottom one i think is “Hansel and Gretel” with acrylics. If my memory serves me right, these were the only two that turned out right.

I didn’t half to some rubbish stuff in uni! haha! That being said, I am quite please with these two paintings, I’m not much of a painter in the traditional sense my hands just dont seem to want to do anything which resembles the subject matter. Yep, my hand have a mind of their own.

Take care folks,

Rach x

July 29, 2013

Artist Book

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The sunshine has come to an end so this is what i have been working on through the rain. Nice to be able to finally get back into the swing of things again. I’ve been attempting to create this artist book for a while. It’s my entry into the Sheffield International Artist Book Prize. Hopefully I’ll have more luck with this competition that I did with the last one I entered, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. As I mentioned, I’ve been working on this for a while but i was completely stumped for ages as to what direction to go in for it. Also, everytime I came up with an idea and went to work on it, my hands had other thoughts and nothing turned out the way I wanted it to. But I’m exceptionally pleased with this piece. The text inside reads: Love can sometimes be magic.

But Magic can sometimes just

be an illusion.

I’ve done prints of the text before but I loved it so much that i decided to use it for the book too. Let me know your thoughts on it, I’d love to know what you think if you could spare the time.

Take care,

Rach x

July 15, 2013

Bird Skull Collection




I’ve been having fun creating these little bell jar installations to add to my skull collection. They only measure about 10cm including the base. I’m still fascinated by the sideshow so have continued with that theme. Let me know what you think. They’re also available in my shop if you  are interested. Take care and enjoy the sunny weather! x

July 10, 2013

Ah, You Glorious Sunshine!




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So it’s been non-stop sunshine with us for which I am thankful for. Its far too nice to be stuck indoors so I offered to do up one of the old church pews my mother had in her shed here on the farm. I decided to go for a “folk” look for the pew, at first it started looking as if I was trying to recreate the American flag but the whole thing came together quite well in the end. We’re all massive Tolkien fans in my family so I thought I would incorporate some typography of a chapter title from The Hobbit. I loved doing this and its been well worth the sunburn on my back!

Take care. x


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