The weekend sure comes around quick. Even better that it’s a bank holiday one too.
If you were to look at my pinterest, I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to discover what I like. More than often you’ll find a lot of objects on there such as scandinavian furnishings, a little bit of architecture, graphic design, products and above all materials. One which I particularly enjoy seeing played with and it’s tactile quality is glass. I’ve recently been mesmerised by the scope of products out there that use this material. It’s a strange one as when I was younger it’s what I would relate with over the top fruit bowls and dated ornaments. I have a similar feeling towards pottery and the use of ceramics too. Having never been one to enjoy these at school, it’s something that I think would be really interesting to learn and play with.
There are some great new ideas I’ve seen simply playing with these materials and how we can shape modern durable objects which people want to use. One which I absolutely adore is Glassware Upcycling by designer Laura Jungmann who collaborated with glassmaker Cornelius Réer to mould new yet charming vessels that people know how to use and sparks different thinking. The idea is so simple.
The bottle featured in my illustration is one I picked up from John Lewis, I had some good luck with it being in the sale and became the ideal subject for a drawing today. The shape, details and colour are fascinating. For me I enjoy drawing different and challenging things as it keeps you fresh and you can spend hours doing it compared to the usual doodles I create at work.
Last month, I popped up to visit the end of the RCA’s summer shows. I had never been before but was admin to go and explore the place having being recommended to it by a friend. I ended up seeing everything that was on offer and trying to take in as much as I could from it all. This proved difficult as of course every project was in it’s own right massive, well researched and experimented with.
I’ve just rediscovered some notes from my visit – such as which bits kept me engaged the most. First up is ‘Stan‘ a beautifully illustrated and brilliantly communicated story by Sarah Lippett. In fact I finished the whole book there and then. If you go to the ‘Stan’ website you can hear the stories she had been originally told of her Granddad and gives you a little insight into how crazily quick the narrative unfolds.
Bike Shed III 2014, Tobacco Docks
One of my favourites from the show, the Honda Superhawk scrambler. This bike was perfect.
Bicycle ride to Winchester from Southampton
Snooping around the back streets of Winchester, I found some great little gems.
I’m gradually getting a bit more time at the weekends to be productive. Other than drawing on the commute to work, using a graphic tablet has been so refreshing and I see it as being a good development for some of my little projects such as the snippet above.
After a rainy day of sitting away from the weather in the cabin, I was finally able to complete a proper illustration using my tablet. I’ve had a sketch of this lying around for ages but wanted to take the time to try and do something different with it. I really enjoy the work of Jim Flora, Jack Teagle and Ben Newman but struggle to find my own style when it comes to this sort of thing. Instead I think I’ll try and just experiment with different techniques and forms.
It’s been great having some money and enough time at the weekends to plan something properly and camping has been just that! It’s the first time since University that myself and my friends are all in full time design jobs so getting together has been fortunate to do so when we’re less busy. The first of our camping trips was a couple of weeks ago where we stayed the bank holiday weekend at Steeple Leaze just over the other side of Swanage. It was my first time camping in ages and showed me alot of what I had been missing – soggy awkward to sleep tents but plenty of log fires! We did some wandering too like over the hill to Kimmeridge Bay and along the shore. It was quite alienated with no real facilities but was a good one to get back in the way of doing something a little different. We used this as a good learning curve for where and what we wanted to do next.
Rice Puddin’ Slop
Over the weekend just gone, we travelled to Croyde and stayed in a charming little campsite called Pure Camping which regulates on a trust basis. Literally we never even met the folk let alone saw who owned the campsite. It was very different to Steeple Leaze, it wasn’t a glamping site or anything, there were facilities this time but it felt a little more remote somehow – not to mention a bit creepy after we stumbled upon a couple of abandoned caravans on one of our wanders. We were a 10 minute drive from the town which kept costs down and the night sleeps were a lot more pleasant this time. It’s surprising to think how a little air mat can lift your sleeping bag from the dampness of the tent. The 1 man / 2 man tents are alot cosier too!
I won’t dwell on the trip too much but let’s just say it was well worth the sunburn; a result of 6 hours in the water, throwing ourselves at waves and getting a decent surf session in will go down as a factor for any good camping trip.