Thursday, 30 June 2016

baking bread

off the back of these last posts it's worth remebering there's all manner of ways you can look at history, culture and making. here's a great wee video of giorgio locatelli trying to recreate a pompeiian bread for the british museum. all the things i love about this sort of thing are here. it may be that you might not want to get through some of the stuff by apicius but there's loads of fun to be had looking through old herbals or botanicals and having a go, or at least an approximation.

and sourdough is for everyone!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

creative silk

Jen Bervin Mixes Poetry with Cutting-Edge Silk Technology from Creative Capital on Vimeo.

after the last two films here's this. so much to like about how she goes about her work! btu this approach is possible for anyone

Tuesday, 28 June 2016


loving this wee video about collaboration. it's amazing how fruitful it can be, into just in terms of technique or approach, but also to take you down creative pathways you might neverhjave accessed

Monday, 27 June 2016

making a book

i was loving this article via the creators project. on the one hand because so few people these days ahve any idea of what goes into making something but also because it's just great fun to look at a thing or a process and then try and do it yourself, albeit that the tools we have these days make life a whole lot easier!

Friday, 24 June 2016

lucy hardie

lucy hardie - dazzling illustration skills!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

eliot fisk and paco pena

more from the npr tiny desk series. if you can't find something on here that you like you need to do some serious thinking! this fills me full of joy and makes me want to give away all my stringed instruments at the same time!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

william tyler

here's a bit of william tyler courtesy of yesterday's link. i think i could practice forever and still not be able to do this!

Monday, 20 June 2016

marisa anderson

i was reading a review of marisa anderson's new album on the rather excellent caught by the river and came across this. she makes it looks so simple!

Friday, 17 June 2016

dain l tasker

given my love of flower pictures there's no way i;d be bypassing this. it;s the 1930's and you've got an x ray machine going begging. what're you going to do? these are what dain l tasker did. unusual too to see images that haven't been stepped all over.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

flowers of the sky

liking those beatus illustrations from yesterday? then you'll be loving these. comets of all sorts. why? just because....

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

beatus of facundus

if you absolutely must look at only one set of 8th century spanish illustrations about the apocalypse then it's this one.

Monday, 13 June 2016

make your own printing press

this looks like a lark. great use of clamps and guide holes.

Friday, 10 June 2016

paper marbling

paper marbling and everything you need to know in order to do it here from the lovely eden workshops

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

cara barer

cara barer's images of book sculptures look, to me anyway, reminiscent of brain scans, see more here

Monday, 6 June 2016

wayang kulit

after the frankly dismal outing that was the new star wars movie i was loving it when i tripped over a mention of a shadow puppet version from indonesia. i would far rather go and see one of these performances! not least because it's great watching something so essentially hollywood being reinterpreted by a very different cultural tradition. there's even a fusion wayang kulit page here.

so here's some ukiyo-e captain america and iron man from illustrator takumi. i know which version i'd rather look at!

Thursday, 2 June 2016


i make no excuses for continuing on a textile theme. esp when that textile is knitting. it seems (to me) that knitting, of all the textile forms, is the easiest to dismiss if it's even talked about at all. a great shame as there's so much that can be done with it and so much local culture associated with it.

i was delighted then to come across knitsonik who not only engages directly with the environment (see the source book) but also does field recording.. felix - i am projecting a lot of love your way. i adore work like this, that takes a little from here, a little from there and makes you think differently about your own practice.

*i feel it's only fair that in this blush of enthusiasm for knitting that i can't knit for toffee!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

the art of textile

off the back of yesterday's post while i was looking for images for kate daudy i came across this rather excellent article on stitching. lorina bulwer (above) is worth a look on her own. it's always interesting to speculate on why or how a certain type of art may be neglected or sidelined, certainly with textile there's plenty to work with both in terms of gender and class (this latter ex in terms of male textile workers - work now almost erased from popular knowledge).

but aside from all that it's a great opportunity to dip a toe into a field that's alive with skill and an underground, subversive quality