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3 posts from December 2011


A snowflake waltz


Upon discovery of this beautiful snowflake transparent paper, and much inspired by the enchanting score of 'The Nutcracker' (Act 1, scene 9 - Waltz of the Snowflakes) composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, l felt compelled to create a snowflake tea-light piece for Christmas...

l have fond memories of watching the Royal Ballet light up the stage with their outstanding performance of this magical tale at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

And so, l'm truly delighted to have the opportunity to reflect on my memories with this paper play creation.

Warm wishes for the holidays, and creative joy for 2012!


Treasures of Whippet Grey

Exploring the treasures of Whippet Grey is a journey that l take leisurely, and with joyful anticipation! Nestled within the pages of the freshly printed catalogue are exquisite products that delight, raise a smile and above all inspire.

Whippet Grey is a haven of rare finds that have been hand-selected from far away places - curious objects that engage the imagination. Timeless and expressive in style, Whippet Grey captures the passion for art, travel and clean lined simplicity.

l was delighted to recently discover that Whippet Grey has opened a shop in the charming market square of Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. (A place l hold dear to my heart, as l was a graphic design student there, before l continued my studies in Edinburgh, Scotland). And so alongside the online shopping option, one can now visit the shop in person and browse through the many enchanting hand-made products...

A rich celebration of artistry and creativity - reflecting the true spirit of Whippet Grey!


Exploration of secret inner worlds


To step into the dream-like world of Nina Mankin's art is to step onto a theatrical stage of pure intrigue and richly-intense drama . Exploration and "an attempt to uncover the lost parts of our psyche...our secret shadow selves is a main theme that runs through Nina's work.

Watching Nina talk about her work, along with the 'Victorian' hue that colours her work, enticed me into showcasing her hidden worlds. Secret places that can only be viewed when glimpsed through a tin's tiny pinhole. l find the idea of creating a secret 'narrative based' inner world out of disused objects and materials enthralling, fueling my imagination, along with a sense of searching for a deeper meaning.

'Behind Closed Doors' is a mixed media piece, and tells the story of a man with a 'faux' tailors workshop who becomes obsessed with a woman called Deidra. Posing himself as a dressmaker (with an eye for the ladies in corsets),  he entices her into his workshop, and with the lure of a  magic potion...slowly she begins to fall in love with him...

Such dark narratives are perfectly played out on the hidden theatrical stage settings that Nina has so charmingly created.