…and also a bit of Super 8
You can see the Steller Story version here
…and also a bit of Super 8
You can see the Steller Story version here
Sometimes abstract textures are all that my head wants…they’re simple, and for me very connected to feelings; looking at texture compositions is like an emotional injection rather than a slow release tablet…I’m inspired hugely by texture and strive to incorporate elements of my collected textures within my paintings…( I have another instagram account @outsidesense which is purely texture and more like my photographic sketchbook for my paintings )
You can see the Steller Story version here
For a while now I’ve been playing around with movement within a still image…I had been inspired by an absolutely incredible Instagram account @ncour where he combines collage and extraordinary movement.
I’ve always been a massive collage fan and whenever I have a bit of a creative block, collage always helps as the images always dictate the composition, rather than relying on an initial idea from me…and they are invariably funny and slightly suggestive so I usually end up being really silly with them which helps…as you can see below!
I also saw this post here on the @lockhatters Instagram account, which I completely fell in love with.
So…I endeavoured to find a way of working to create moving stills…
I spent days and hours googling and testing and trying to find ways of making it work which was really hardcore computer slog. I was surprised that there didn’t actually seem to be an app out there which was exactly what I wanted…it seemed like complicated photoshop methods on YouTube were the only way I was going to achieve what was in my head, and I’m not that skilled in photoshop and don’t have the time to spend going on a course, ( although it is tempting when you have visual ambitions! ).
Then when I fiddled around with a very simple app I found, I felt like I had found some sort of magic; like a ceramicist who’d suddenly developed a unique glaze…hence my ‘magic circle’ type silence on the situation!
But I’ve been asked such a lot now about how I create them, that it sort of feels churlish not to share some of what I’ve found, and with the rise of ‘Stories’ on Instagram, I’m enjoying the shake up it’s rattled inside me, and has reminded me that Instagram has always been my virtual art class where I started, early on, with some really wonderful and inspiring visual voices; to name just a few @famapa, @kbasta @sandrajuto @elf_girl @passeggiatayu @msuze @pardalote and @piccolotakesall…these were my class mates in the early days. @kbasta for example was one of the original single tree photographers on IG and always seems to combine a Mark Rothko-esque composition within beautiful natural contexts from Chicago, @passeggiatayu was one of the people who opened the door to Japanese photographic aesthetics, @famapa just has the best and unobtrusive contemporary eye on everyday life and @sandrajuto has always seemed to me to quite simply be the template for every creative lifestyle account I see.
What I would say is that being inspired is always a double edged sword…it invites a degree of plagiarism which is often quite frustrating and difficult to handle, but which, in this digital and always ‘positive’ virtual world, we must process silently…the world of image and idea sharing opens you up to all this and when those big brands do it to small designers it always makes me feel sick…and I think the only way to combat it in a creative way is to keep moving creatively, keep looking and discovering and as soon as you feel like you’ve ‘got it’, move on, even in tiny steps ( this is advice to myself as well by the way! ), so what I would say, is take some of my still movement tips here but play around loads with it; make it your own…make it unique!
I’ve never been very good with hashtags but I thought maybe I could for this so we can all share the ‘art class’ and feel like we’re all connected…so I thought perhaps #gentlemoving_stillness could work, so please do use it if you decide to create one of these #moving_stills ( there’s another hashtag! )
GifX: this is a really simple app but you have to be prepared to be creative with both the gifs and the masks they provide you with and I would also recommend getting the in-app purchases. Don’t just look at the gifs on face value; manipulate them to within an inch of their giffness! The steam in the moving still below for example was made from a circle of moving feet!
And that’s it really, although I also like to use sound as well, so you can add that after you’ve created your moving still.
Here are a few more of mine so you can look at how I’ve played around:
So the order of the day is be creative, mix it up, app-mash it up and find your own way!
Also a couple of other accounts to look at who use this sort of thing are as I mentioned before @n_cour, and also @this_is_the_house and @me_and_orla and @finelittleday You can follow @flixelphotos on Instagram too, for lots of inspiration, and if you want to work more with making films generally, the Instagram queen of time capsules and boomerangs is @Xantheb who runs great online courses.
Happy stillness folks!
( if you think a workshop on all this would be useful, just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org )
this is one of my Shelter paintings inspired by my visit to the Calais Jungle…if you feel you can donate something to The Worldwide Tribe, you can via their donating page here, or if you wanted to buy one of these paintings 50% of the proceeds go to The Worldwide Tribe and you can see/buy them here
You can see the Steller Stories app version here
My 15 year old son is a real film geek; all things from the original Japanese ‘Godzilla’ to Ben Wheatley’s ‘A Field in England’, ‘Close Encounters’ and ‘Dune’ to ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’, and he is also a massive Stanley Kubrick fan and has, over the past couple of years, opened up a much broader love of film for me too, and particularly the combination of those artist filmmakers. So as we’ve been in London this week for his work experience, we couldn’t miss ‘Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick’ at Somerset House; an exhibition of artist’s work inspired by the film work of Kubrick, and I have to say it is AMAZING!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen my son quite as inspired at any other exhibition, and we’ve been to a fair few. And what’s more, hanging out round the fountains in Somerset House in the sun is so relaxing!
You can see more video clips on my Steller Story here
Steller Story app version here
I was asked a few months ago if I would like to design a cover for Brighton’s beautiful magazine ‘VIVA’. I love the publication so was really excited about creating something for them, and this month it al came to fruition! The theme was ‘Holiday at Home’ and you can read the article about it if you click on the magazine here
So I thought it would be a nice idea to tie in a ‘Summer Sale’ with my cover design coming out, offering a 50% discount in my Big Cartel shop on a selection of limited edition, signed prints in 2 different sizes, which will last until July 31st. ( and you can also use it on my paintings for that time too ), so make sure at the checkout you enter the code: 5FTINFSUMMERSALE50
All the prints available for the discount are now listed, but please just ask me if you need to ask anything, and here’s a selection of some of the images available.
You can visit my shop by clicking here
still life above and below arranged by Frida Kim at my workshop
Yesterday I went to ‘Destinations’;an exhibition at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf on the Southbank in London.
It’s an exhibition which showcases the work of new designers and makers for performance, graduates of Edinburgh College of Art and Bournemouth, Birmingham and Rochester Universities.
It’s only on until 10th of July but is a brilliant and atmospheric exhibition to go to if you can, and it’s free!
This is just a visual taster from my trip yesterday…
dress above by Lydia Hann
You can view the Steller Story version here
Last week I was invited to visit Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood in West Sussex and met up with Karen ( @thislittlecorner ). Neither Karen or I had ever been before even though we both live in Sussex, and hadn’t realised what an absolutely amazing place it was…
Currently they have a fantastic new exhibition of work by Chinese Artists called ‘A Beautiful Disorder’...which is the first major exhibition of newly commissioned outdoor sculpture by contemporary Greater Chinese artists to be shown in the UK.
The grounds also have pieces from many other artists as well as a few beautifully designed buildings, so the whole experience is absolutely brilliant and really made me wish I’d known about the place when my son was much younger as it’s a fantastic place to bring the family ( so much room to run around! )…although I’m now desperate to bring him along as a 15 year old, as it’s just the sort of thing which massively fires his imagination…
All the sculptures are within beautiful woodland and grassed areas with gorgeous views across the countryside and you can read more about the property and grounds here
We were taken on a tour of the new works by the Chinese artists, passing permanent pieces en route, So below is my visual tour with links to more detailed information each piece below the images…
Below: Left to Right: ‘Bollards’ by Antony Gormley, 2001 and ‘Grand Peregrine’ and ‘Peregrine’ by Stephen Cox, 2009
A Beautiful Disorder:
Below: ‘Panorama 2’ by Wang Wei ( you can also see the artist’s models on display ) Below: ‘Bu Num Civilisation Wheel’ by Tu Wei-Cheng I loved this piece as it really felt like a living, working installation…an excavation of a modern piece of art… ( below is the complete model of the piece which is being excavated in the grounds ) below: the artist Tu Wei-Cheng( ‘Sculpture of Thought’ by Xhao Yao was still being constructed below, as we were there before the exhibition officially opened last Sunday ) Below ‘Why Do They Never Take Colour Photos’ by Song Ta ( below is an image of the well known sculpture of Chairman Mao seen throughout China and which in part was the inspiration for Song Ta’s new work ) Below: ‘Ghost Trap’ by Lu Pingyuan Below: ‘Identity’ by Wan Yuyang Jennifer Wen Ma’s work ‘Molar’ which was one of my favourite pieces in the new exhibition, is situated in The Foundation Centre ( which was designed by Craig Downie in 2006 ) Jennifer Wen Ma talking about her piece ‘Molar’ Below: ‘Movement’ by Xu Chen Below: A model of ‘Escape ( my family history )’ by Li Jinghu ( which was still under construction last week ) Below: ‘Crossroads’ by Cheng Ran ( a light installation )This is just a small selection of the new Chinese work which I really loved ( you can see all of it here ), It’s so atmospheric and completely transports you into that wonderful sense of feeling rather than thinking; for me personally, an essential part of my love for art…
As I said before there are also lots of other sculptures there which was great to discover…
Below: ‘Host’ by Peter Burke, 1996 Below: ‘The Return’ by Rodney Bender, 2012 Below: ‘Yo Renia’ by David Worthington, 2003 Below: ‘ Singer of Tales’ by Jon Isherwood, 2010(…I also have to mention/insert at this point that the toilets ( below ) at CASS are extraordinary ! They are basically the epitomy of the outside loo! ). There are also amazing picnic tables which I didn’t get to use, by David Grove which you can see here…the whole experience of being there in the grounds seems completely interactive with the art itself
Below: ‘Field of Rods’ by Vong PhaophanitBelow: ‘Portal’ by Jonathan Loxley, 2006Below: ‘Claw’ by Steve Dilworth, 2006 ’Mandala Eighty’ by David Annesley, 2003 Below: ‘Declination’ by Tony Cragg, 2005 Below: ‘Encampment’ by Diane Maclean, 1999 ( this was one of my favourite pieces outside of the ‘A Beautiful Disorder’ exhibition )
The whole visit left me so excited about going back again because there was so much I didn’t get to see this time, and I absolutely want to spend at least a whole day there!
It is a brilliant, brilliant place, not only to enjoy sculpture and art, but also to be outside in nature just forgetting about everything else…it’s like a wonderful, abstract wonderland which I can’t recommend highly enough…and I aslo came away with a very swanky keyring based on the design of their entrance gate by Wendy Ramshaw!