Saturday, 25 October 2014

Malevich at the Tate Modern.....

A friend of mine offered me a free ticket to the Malevich exhibition at the Tate Modern so we packed up the kiddies, jumped on a train on a very wet Monday and headed on down to check it out. I wasn't too familiar with his work only knowing that he was a revolutionary Russian painter but on first entering there were familiar signs and similarities to the Russian Constructivist's.

I found it one of the most inspiring exhibitions I've been to in a long time. His images made from pure geometric forms reminded me of Marcel Duchamp's work but more vibrant and seemed to shout from the walls. These were also a great hit with the kids especially trying to work out what we could see in the pictures, Eloise thought she could see firemen everywhere!

He is probably most famous for his black square, above, which I thought sounded a bit ridiculous but it was incredibly moving and emotional.


His suprematism room was also incredibly powerful as each painting seemed to be teetering on the edge of collapse.

"Art should remain a spiritual activity"

After an emotional roller coaster from the exhibition we then went to Tas Pide, near Shakespeare's Globe, for some lovely meze where my little ones created their own work of art on the table cloths with the food!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Gotta love......

 a bit of peace! Especially in a house with little ones whose new favourite habit is slamming doors! So I finally got round to finishing a door stop I have been meaning to make, killing two birds with one stone; firstly to stop slamming doors; and secondly to make something from Poppy Teffry's "Free & Easy stitch style" book.

I got the book as a Christmas present a few years ago from my mum and have finally got a little free time on my hands (thank goodness for playschool!). 

So here's the doorstop I made.....

I wanted to try out screen printing using wax printing paper. So I drew my design onto the paper, cut out using a craft knife and stuck it down onto my screen. I then set out about a few test prints on calico and once happy I went for it on my material which to be honest wasn't the best choice. I used an upholstery fabric which I'm not sure had been treated as my paint bled slightly as you can see in the pics......

It's a great immediate process and great for people like me who are time limited and want to get something finished quickly. So no waiting around for images to be embedded onto screens and hardly any cleaning up, bonus!