One of the most interesting activities I've been doing this year was the screenprinting course at Liz Nilsson's studio here in Dublin. The course consisted of six lessons and during this time the basics of screenprinting on textiles were explained, as well as some notions of pattern design. We did some very creative guided exercises, but most of the time we were free of experimenting our own ideas. There were 6 of us and it was a very rich experience in terms of exchange of ideas with other creative people. Check Elaine's post at... [Lire la suite]
This was inspired by the beautiful olive trees I always see in Sicily when go there on holidays. It was supposed to be a sketch for a dry point print, but I'm not happy with the results of the print, so I show you just the drawing. Maybe I'll come back to this in the future when I am a more expert printmaker.This is a nice example of a real olive tree. It's one of the trees owned by my boyfriend's grandparents. Every year they produce their own olive oil that kindly share with us. Last time we brought 10 litres to Dublin and... [Lire la suite]
Colour pencils on paper.An ornament from an ancient Greek theatre, for Illustration Friday.
I've been doing some experiments with silk papermaking at home. The basic materials are cocoon strippings (gummy silk), baking parchment, water and an iron. The process is pretty simple: Place a piece of parchment on your ironing board and spread the gummy silk thinkly on it. Spray with water (a plant spray bottle or similar will do) Place a second piece of parchment on top. Press with an iron until dry Allow to cool and remove the silk paper from between the baking parchment.Once I tried the basic paper I started adding... [Lire la suite]
This is another moodboard I made for a "client" - role played by my friend Elena- for my Interior Design course, describing her personality and taste. As a good Italian she loves sun, sea and food. She's very interested in buddhism and meditation, other cultures and social cooperation. Her house would be full of colour. And she's a great singer too!
One of the exercises of my Interior Design course was to make a moodboard for a "client" -in this case a person of the course played the role of the client- describing her personality after a short interview with her. My client was a woman in her late thirties, mother of four, with a keen interest in art and design. She also was a very active and dynamic person, that likes natural, organic things. Her ideal home would feel simple and relaxed with plenty of light and natural materials. This is detail of the board: And... [Lire la suite]
I've talked about my interest on building sites and their geometry. This is a sketch about that theme I did for my etching course at Graphic Studio Dublin. You'll see birds too. That's another thing you discover when you start looking upwards. And this is one of the prints I am more happy with. Anyway, it's a work in progress, as you understand from the colours :-)
(picture by me at Dublin Botanic Garden)