The Matchbox Theatre

I had the idea to deconstruct and object, and reconstruct it in a completely different way. I went on to create a series of miniature theatre shows inside matchboxes, made using the original materials provided by the matchbox. The three pictured below are ‘An Evening at the Ballet’, ‘An Evening at the Circus’, and ‘An Evening of Magic.’ By winding the matchbox, using the matches, the theatre presents it’s show.

Mixed materials, hand painted.

The Matchbox Theatre

The Matchbox TheatreAn Evening at the BalletAn Evening at the CircusAn Evening of Magic

 

Mme. Katherine’s Nonsense Tarot Deck

Divination has been practiced in many forms across cultures, since ancient times. Tarot cards remain a popular choice for many, despite there being no evidence to support their reliability. This got me thinking, and I was inspired to create my own deck of fortune telling cards that are wholly unreliable, and silly. Having reflected on why we might turn to tarot cards, the big questions we ask them, and what we hope they will reveal to us, I decided I wanted to create a deck that would be… disappointing.

Mme. Katherine’s Nonsense Tarot Deck contains forty cards, which are divided into the four following suits – lost things, living things, hidden things, and small things. It comes complete with instructions on how to perform a reading, and a guide to interpreting each of the cards. The deck comes packaged in a silky pouch; providing spiritual protection.

A random example, to give you an idea of what things the deck contains: the card  ‘Finger’ (belonging to the suit of lost things) is associated with – a bad lunch, a visit to a zoo, waiting rooms, and despising one’s family.

Hand drawn in watercolour and pencil, then digitally printed.

Tarot Cards and Guide

Tarot Cards and Reverse

Tarot Cards

Tarot Cards and Pouch

Tarot Cards

Portraits from Memories

Earlier this year I challenged myself to draw, from memory, the faces of friends and loved ones that are no longer around. I aimed to capture those elusive memories, that always seemed to slip away before they came into focus. I brought the sketches together in a concertina book, titled ‘Portraits from Memories.’

Pencil drawings, digitally printed.

Portraits from Memories

Portraits from Memories

Portraits from Memories

Portraits from Memories

Sir David Attenborough

Famous naturalist and nature documentary hero Sir David Attenborough is the subject of my Christmas card. I’m sure everyone is as delighted by Planet Earth II as I am.

Collectively known as the Cardashians, my class will be selling Christmas cards in order to raise funds to go to London and participate in the D&AD New Blood event, that will help us make it out there in the big bad art world.

Painted in watercolours with details added in coloured pencil, then scanned and digitally printed.

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Sir David Attenborough

Embroidery

Embroidery is wonderful, and in my opinion, an under-appreciated craft. Here are some of the little pieces I’ve made and sold over the last few months.

Ink painted on fabric, hand embroidered. Some designs also include beadwork.

 

British Blue Tit

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