Instead of a typical self portrait, focusing on physical likeness, I set out to create a self portrait that would reveal more about my personality and identity. I explored different ways to do this, and found I was able to represent these more abstract ideas using the visual metaphor of a map.
Hand drawn, digitally coloured.
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.
A series of seven prints, inspired by the colourful nature of our food.
Hand painted using watercolours, digitally printed.
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.
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.
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.
Sir David Attenborough
I recently did a little portrait of everyone’s favourite duo, Mel and Sue, from the Great British Bake Off, I myself am a big GBBO fan. Prints of Mel and Sue will be available as postcards at this months Dundee Ministry of Crafts Fair!
Painted using watercolours, details added in photoshop, then digitally printed.
This week at uni I’ve been relearning how to screen print, and these are the hares that I produced. There were a few blobby hares to start off with, but I’m starting to get the hang of it and have some fun!
Two colour screenprint.
I found this lovely quote by Edith Wharton, the Pulitzer prize-winning author, and made this painting and pencil sketch on wood.
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.
good luck Clara
I put the hot in psychotic