I just stumbled across this on You Tube this morning and wonder if it really would help to cure yourself of being distracted.
Another print from last year. I think this was the print I found the most challenging, as the printing technique lino printing, is a style of printing I have always avoided so perhaps for my first proper attempt, I should have picked a less ambitious project.
Washed up is part of an ongoing photo series by Alejandro Duran, a Mexico-born and New York based artist. His work is undeniably beautiful and seeks to make an important statement addressing “the issue of plastic pollution making its way across the ocean and onto the shores of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally-protected reserve. With more than twenty pre-Colombian archaeological sites, this UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to a vast array of flora and fauna and the world’s second largest coastal barrier reef. Unfortunately, Sian Ka’an is also a repository for the world’s trash, which is
carried there by ocean currents from every corner of the globe.”
Over the course of this project, Durán has identified products washed ashore from forty-two nations on six continents, his work is very clearly inspired by the works of environmental artists Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson, but raises perhaps a relationship to consumption and waste that we may not have considered previously forcing us to seek to try to change our relationship to consumption and waste.
Belle and Sebastian’s new one I didn’t see it coming is Animated by Bruce Cameron, Matt Saunders and Lesley Barnes. It’s pretty damm cool in my opinion. For some more of Lesley’s work see below once you have watched the clip.
I hand stitched up these puppets for my friend’s daughters first birthday recently. They were based on the tutorial posted on Just Another Day in Paradise Blog. I think they turned out pretty well.
Who is Andrew Bird, some would say he is a musical genius. He has a sound that I can get lost in for hours, sitting at his gig the other year I had the strangest sensation of wanting to be able to crawl up into his music and live inside it. For Bird “The violin is just the easiest way I have to express what’s in my head. I’ll just fully, unconsciously do whatever it takes to make that sound happen.” You can listen to his recent TED Talk here and perhaps be inspired.
This year I have being trying to get back into printmaking to get a feel for being back in the studio on a somewhat semi regular basis. I have found the biggest challenge coming up with imagery that I am interested in printing and found myself turning often to my travel photos for inspiration, one of the first prints I worked on was a simple dry point of some drying laundry on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi.
Out of all the places I visited Varanasi was the most colourful and charismatic, considered one of the holiest places in India, Hindu pilgrims come to wash away their sins, and to cremate their loved ones on the public city gnats. All facets of everyday life are carried out on the steps into the river including bathing and laundry, everything is open for display.
The plate and original image