Sunday, 29 November 2009
esterday I found this extremely cool site called daily drop cap. The idea is that everyday, illustrator and typographer Jessica Hische will post an initial that she's designed for anyone to use in their blog posts. Not only is the work pretty cool, but I think that it's a great idea. I like the idea of people sharing their work and making things to benefit other people. But this is also rather clever in that people love free stuff, and she's bound to get mentioned in a few places with a project like this, a bit of clever self promotion methinks.
I had given up on finding good photos when searching through car boot sales and the numerous 'vintage/junk' shops in Brighton. This was my last really good find a few months ago.
Most photos are a bit boring, family snapshots, holidays. pets. Some are interesting only in their 'vintage' look or some other reason. Anyway, I love this photo because it's a bit odd. I think someone has been playing practical jokes on this child and then taken a photo. I love how dejected he (?) looks, like his big brother has been poking fun at him all day. It's also quite odd that someone would have captured this particular moment on film.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
I just noticed that most of the posts on this page are red!
Lack of posts due to excess work and not enough sleep. So I just thought I'd stick post this quickly and then ignore the blog for a while..
It's a parrot I did in Zinc Plate Lithography last year. I was reminded it today walking through the print studio and seeing the class there. My tutor thought it was crap. I rather like him.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
One of my neighbours last year was throwing out a box of books and I managed to salvage a school atlas from 1941, which I only just rediscovered a few weeks ago. Anyway, I thought these two maps were interesting because someone has updated them in pen, showing the creation of new states like Namibia, Ghana and Zambia in the bottom map, and Israel in the top map.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
These are some of the only half decent shots that came out of my first roll of film taken on my diana. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get more shots, but I guess that comes with learning something new. The other colour film was ruined by a guard at the airport who opened it at security! Anyway, I really want to persevere with the diana, but I'm contemplating getting a diana mini so the film and processing is a bit cheaper, just until I get the hang of it : )
Friday, 20 November 2009
I'm giving blood today, and this was the most appropriate image I could find! It's a scrap of screen print I found ageees ago. Very fitting for the occasion I think.
I think I'm most excited about the traditional pre-donation sugar binge and the post-donation free food.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
I know it's excessively silly but I came across this the other day, which I think I made notlong after coming to uni. I have no idea why I made it or what it was meant to be for, but it's been sitting in a pencil case ever since. I feel like I could make something out of this...
cross stitched computer games?
Monday, 16 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
It's so cold in our house that I've actually been forced to go into the university computer room to do work because for the last few days I haven't been able to feel my hands and I'm worried I might have to have my fingers amputated. Oh the luxury of money to be able to put the central heating on...
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I haven't really been posting thing with themes, but given the day today I thought I would post this. At 11am I'll be observing 2 mins silence for all the people who have given their lives in wars since 1914, and it's something I feel really strongly about, something that people should remember. Anyway, I'm not sure if this is really appropriate or not, but it's a page from a school atlas from 1941, as you can see from the German flag, we were still at war. I just think it's interesting to look at that and think about how much the world has changed in the last 100 years or so.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Winter is here! I went to London for the day yesterday to look at venues for our degree show. After coming home pretty tired and feeling a bit lazy I didn't end up doing all that much work. I just rifled around my room for more things for our mum project, and came across this, which I cross stitched last christmas with the intention of doing lots of them and making them into cards. Seeing as this took me a couple of hours, I quickly abandoned that idea!
Monday, 9 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
I'm doing a project in Uni called Subvert the Familiar and I've been looking at people's attitudes towards poetry. I haven't entirely formulated my ideas but I've been reading a lot of poetry as a result. This is just something I was playing around with the other day with my old typewriter. I'm was just typing up a whole load of Larkin's poems on old revision cards and things to get this library aesthetic (he was a librarian). I might hide some in the library.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
This rather glamourous lady came from a pack of negatives that I blogged about a few months ago (see the original post here). I have been meaning to get all the negatives developed for a while but I haven't managed to find the time to go to the darkroom yet. It's all work work work!
Monday, 2 November 2009
More lovely old book covers, bought for only 50p! There are so many places in Brighton that charge extortionate amounts of money for anything old or 'vintage' and 'retro', which I think is a little unfair to us skint students! Anyhow, the good thing about going back home to good old Guildford is that people don't really value things like this so much, so I can pick things up in a car boot sale for next to nothing. A few weeks ago I got 10 Roald Dahl books for only £2. Happy days!
Sunday, 1 November 2009
I went home for my Grandma's 80th (!) birthday at the weekend. It was such a lovely day, so nice to be with all my family in one room! Anyway, she was using these old paper napkins and I just had to steal a few to put on here. They belonged to my great grandmother, another relic from god only knows when. She was a bit of a hoarder and when she dies, my grandparents had quite a time clearing out her house. I remember I also got a retro pack of tissues at the time, with a psychedelic flower pattern on it!