Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Boxes and weave together again

These interesting structures, squares
that align themselves into walls of squares
really stand out for me.
The buttons, plain and simple react
perfectly with the colour palette chosen.
The greys, subtle browns and navy blues alongside greys,
so dark they could be mistaken for blacks,
come together alongside whites and creams
to create great contrast that mimics a stone wall like structure,
where stones are not always one colour, and one may be
the one that stands out the most.
I imagine Sean Scully would love this sort of stuff.
It is another Next coat – well who knew?
I didn’t, but clearly all these coats came from the same or similar years, bearing in mind the designs of this and the previous posted one are clearly related, like brothers or sorts.
Again a great display of simple shapes melded
with an intricate pattern of weave using skeins of thread.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Better on the inside with weaves

Starting out the first of the cold months coats week with this coat
found in a charity shop,
which has an interesting inside lining,
made up of both plain fabric
and this brilliant hessian like weave.
Its so tactile and interesting,
again begging the question of weave itself in a piece of clothing, bringing to light its importance,
its initial skeleton and character building of the fabric and item of clothing.
Something personally interesting me at the moment in my own work.
The edges of the coat reveal this beautiful weave very quietly,
with it almost edging forward,
onto the front like some dribbling
                                                                                water running down
the inside part of a table leg.
An overall look of the coat,
to me the outside was quite plain and dull and lacked any detailing on the front except for the beautiful creeping weave.
The colour was a dull grey, possibly because of its age,
so I hope perhaps it was better grey when new.
Though maybe it could be carefully dyed?
Though I imagine a nice bit of embroidery in select places could it bring it back to life.
Buttons lets the coat down too, I'm not a fashionista,
but to me buttons are like the part of a coats soul.
So to conclude, in essay like style,
the inside was more interesting than the outside.
Doesn't sound right, does it?  

Friday, 25 November 2011

Books to go onto shelves

The covers of some books on the topics of business and management 
can have some beautiful book covers, 
a surprise to me as those areas are so complex and alien to me.
It shows pattern influences everyone, 
regardless of interests or abilities or knowledge banks.
 Obviously a book cover needs to be interesting,
but colourful too, well who knew?
Stars may be seen as unoriginal, but in this graphic blue and orange context it really works.
In my own experience I rarely see textbooks or 
non-fiction books that use graphic concepts for their covers. 
The whole what is written inside this book is real,
and so is the photo on the cover
thing has been put to one side here.
Above though is different, but the simple use of rows 
and an almost weave like appearance is taken, using labelled file dividers.
Simple sometimes is better than complex.
I'm sure I've said that before.
But I'm all about repetition, meh.

Next week starting Monday 28th November,
there is going to be a feature of coats all week right here.
Seen as recently I ventured into a charity shop 
with a brilliant collection of lovely woven coats,
makes me itch to paint.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Lots of blue, lines and plastic

With pinks and silvers thrown in for extra points. 
The bead work on this kurta is coming off now but it still looks impressive. 
The interesting grid like structure above alongside wavy sequined lines 
shows great choice in colour. and shape.
The inside of the neckline shows an
interesting structure of thin plastic thread that is transparent and still visible.Photobucket 
The slit eye like shape, clearly a shape referenced 
in Asia's own art and cultural heritage, 
an example would be the book cover of
The triumph of modernism: India's artists and the avant-garde, 1922-1947 by
Partha Mitter,
which shows a painting that uses the idea of elongated eyes.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Brush Pattern Feature: Wings for all

Well not really. 
They are simple wing brushes to be used in
Adobe Photoshop or in the Gimp,
or indeed any other image software that has an ability to convert images into a brush file.
Really maybe it should be called a stamp file instead. 
Anyway these brushes were created by sammigurl61190 @ DeviantArt.
Sadly she seems inactive at the moment, but her profile is still there,
as are other brush packs she has made. 
Click the link to view it or 

The brushes can make interesting motifs
when repeatedly piled on top of each other.
The brushes are well capable in forming flowers too,
very pretty flowers might I add
and as the brushes are in grey-scale
you simply select the colour you want and paint.
(For users of Gimp the brush-set in .gbr)

A message in a cracked bottle

I will be posting from now on when I can,
and not when I am sceduled which for a month or so has been every two days.
Also I'm having to compactimise photos so they don't take up too much room on my photobucket/blogger account.
Sorry people but the days of gloriouse deep deep macro shots
looked under a magnifying glass are well over.
Unless someone wants to buy me some extra room
on my blogger account to store photos...
                                                                                any takers?
Now for a pattern:

Friday, 11 November 2011

Autumn and falling

Those boxy trees at university seem to be stubbornly refusing to believe its autumn,
or at least the last few at the back of the ones that are bare.
I realise its probably because of the way the back tree 
 gets more shade and maybe 
seems to not learn till late 
that its time to let its leaves fall. 
It reminds me just how uncontrollable nature can be, 
despite those boxes that seem to trap the structure of the trees. 
The colours seem to bring to a colour spectrum of greens and yellows, 
a pretty thing frozen in its moment, before they are all bare.
To think all the leaves on the ground get biodegraded down, 
and turn, 
back into living things like leaves etc. 
Talk about the Lion King's favourite cycle of life.