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3 posts from July 2011


Up, up, and away...


Whether it be Dorothy attempting to make her way home from the land of Oz, or the 1956 David Niven film based on Jules Verne’s classic tale ‘Eighty days around the world’, l do find something rather romantic, and adventurous, when it comes to thinking of the hot air balloon.

Freya Cumming has beautifully captured this sense of nostalgic romance and escapism through her vibrant screen print work. The muted colours and choice of pattern screen-printed onto a white canvas generates a sense of adventure reminiscent of bygone days.

Freya’s balloon illustrations also takes me back to a childhood memory of a warm summer’s evening, when l was fortunate enough to view a hot air balloon festival - Layer upon layer of balloon shapes, set against a backdrop of an urban landscape.

The screenprint ‘Above it all’ captures not only this memory, but it also  creates a rich sense of juxtaposition - below, grey lines of architecture, and above it all, a sea of colour. Which in my mind harks back to this idea of adventure & escapism.

Screenprinting is a technique that l hold dear to my creative heart, as l fondly recall learning this craft at Edinburgh College of Art, and so l was thrilled to come across Freya Cumming’s work - an imaginative combination of printing technique and subject matter - created with such artistic flair!

l warmly invite you to be taken up, up and away by Freya’s screenprinted hot air balloons.


Falling in love again...

l LOVE to travel, and so when l came across Love Travel Guides by Fiona Caulfield, my heart skipped a beat. Her ethos of embracing a city's true essence by emerging oneself into the culture is a true reflection of how l also like to travel.

The first book 'Love Bangolore' was published on Valentines Day in 2007. Since then Fiona has added to the series with, Love Mumbai, Love Delhi, Love Bengaluru and, Love Jaipur, Rajasthan.

lt gives me great pleasure to announce the up and coming publication for Love Goa, planned for September 2011. l'm honoured to be able to share some "sneek peek" illustrations with you on Looking Glass !

The authencity in which Fiona writes, magically entices me into another culture, and the hand-drawn illustrations, emphatically enrich the reading experience. l feel inspired and enraptured as l explore the hidden treasures of India.

With it's luxurious design, and cloth packaging, these charming Love Travel Guides are truly created for the luxury vagabond, who wishes to fall in love ...

*Note to Zürich readers - Love Travel Guides can be purchased at the Museum Rietberg.


Exquisite paper cuts


These outstanding paper-cuts by Sad Giraffe, beautifully reflect the skill and mastery which can be found in the form of paper play.

l am highly impressed with the intricate attention to detail that the founder of Sad Giraffe - Brandon Flyg, takes with each piece that he sculptures. Each piece is hand-cut with an X-acto knife, using durable recycled paper, and can take several hours to create!

These images cleverly show just how delicate the paper actually is, which gives the paper-cuts such an exquisite touch.

My attention was especially drawn to the "French dress" series, some of which, l have chosen to showcase on Looking Glass. With regal and opulent flair, the 8 x 10 elegantly dressed lady magnificently comes to life.

On a conservation note, much of the proceeds generated by these splendid paper-cuts are given to animal charities, which is l feel is simply heartwarming, and most noteworthy.