Mixing and testing my favourite colour for final Tree of Life prints with Alt-J for company!
Turquoise radiates the peace and calm of blue and the balance and growth of green with just enough yellow for zest and energy.
Focus on this color to feel instant calm, balanced with enough energy to face the world (and kick some ass if necessary)
* All products used in the studio are strictly non-toxic and environmentally friendly!!!
Summer is a busy time here on Milos and I haven’t had time to post about the wonderful exhibition here on Milos in which I am taking part. It’s taking place at the Cultural and Social Association of Milos – Μορφωτικός και Κοινωνικός Σύλλογος Μήλου in Plaka, and is part of the Milos Festival 2013. English link here. Greek link here
The exhibition is a treasure trove of local color and craftsmanship, displaying everything from to paintings on wood to stone and wooden sculpture, to lights made from gourds, and of course wooden boats made in many different ways. I can’t post anything about individual artists or crafts-persons, as I don’t have their permission and that is always a tricky subject.
The president of the cultural association Angeliki Dagielli-Vitali (Αγγελική Δαγιέλλη-Βιτάλη) worked tirelessly to make sure everything was in order so she deserves a lot of thanks!
The exhibition is open from 7 – 11 every evening and is being looked after by this lovely lady, Ευτυχία Σταυροπούλου, whose work can also be seen in the exhibition.
Here is a piece from my exhibit which was inspired partly by our studio cat, and partly by a friend of my daughter. She is studying Play Therapy, which I consider amazing, and so I decided to make something fun and practical for parents and children who have to (or should) include play in their everyday life.
So this is a prototype of a screen printed series “Play” in which I aim is combine elements of “play” in everyday objects such as bags and clothes. Here the Love Cat is a hand puppet which can be removed from behind the front pocket.
The Greek quote on the bag is by the Greek philosopher
“Η ζωή πρέπει να παρθεί ως παιχνίδι”
and is translated as
“Life must be lived as play”
This is one of my most favourite quotes ever!
If you are visiting Milos a visit to Plaka and the exhibition is thoroughly recommended!!!
I will post more pics soon.
Am currently printing “LOVE CATS” inspired by our adopted bad-ass cat. The print is to be made into cuddly soft toys.
A few years ago my hubby and kids found two tiny newborn kittens that had been thrown into a flowerbed at the back of our house. I didn’t think they would live but they were fed around the clock for days and days. As you can maybe see from the photo he has only one eye. His sister also only had one eye but she was missing the other eye, so when they looked up it was the strangest, funniest sight ever. The girl kitten didn’t make it..but this brute did. He is an arrogant narcissist that talks… and who scratches the door regularly every evening to get inside.
I’m just making some test prints for now, so here are some “Love Cat” skins.
More news soon!
Many moons ago as a student, I had fun learning about, and experimenting with, tile pattern for my thesis. Using a new gadget called a computer and a plotter kind-of-thing the size of a small table (this was during the pre-computer age) I manipulated images to make patterns for tiles that could in theory be used by an everyday Joe to make his own decorative tiles. It was a revelation to me at the time that mathematics played such an important role in many art forms, not to mention nature and crystals in particular. Now, no, this experience didn’t make me love mathematics any more than usual BUT I did fall deeply in love with tessellations…or the simple version….the 17 possible ways that a pattern can be used to tile a flat surface without leaving a gap.
That’s what I worked with at the time but since then I have even bought books about tiles patterns and lust over photographs of Isfahan such as this….
Back to today, and me living on an island and being surrounded by the Aegean sea ….. and my dream of creating a fabric ocean. So, yes…..you guessed it. I decided to make fabric tiles that could be sewn together in different ways that would make my ocean. In fact tiles that could be used by anyone to make their own ocean.
It’s an ongoing experiment and I have created a few wall hangings, here are a few pics of what I have been doing for the last while.
More about tiles and geometry tomorrow!
I’m almost finished test prints for a series of butterfly prints called Ψυχή, or Psyche in English. Psyche was a Greek Goddess depicted in ancient mosaics with butterfly wings and often in the company of her husband Eros. The Greek word Ψυχή, or Psyche as it is known, is a word with a lot of weight. It means the human mind or soul or spirit.
According to Wikipedia “The basic meaning of the Greek word ψυχή (psūchê) was “life”. Derived meanings included “spirit”, “ghost”, and ultimately “self”, “conscious personality”
“In psychology, the psyche is the totality of the human mind, conscious, and unconscious. Psychology is the scientific or objective study of the psyche. The word has a long history of use in psychology and philosophy, dating back to ancient times, and has been one of the fundamental concepts for understanding human nature from a scientific point of view. The English word soul is sometimes used synonymously, especially in older texts”
In Greek mythology, Ψυχή or Psyche was a young girl so beautiful that she caused Aphrodite’s wroth and envy. She sent her son Eros (cupid) , the god of love, to do his worst with one of his arrows to make her fall in love with the most base, worthless person as punishment. However, things didn’t work out the way she planned because Eros fell in love with Psyche and carried her away to his secret palace where he would visit her at night. He never revealed his true identity and asked Psyche never to look upon his face. Urged on by her sisters she took a quick peep at him one night while he was asleep ….. and betrayed him.
I won’t tell you the rest of the story because there are much better places than here to read it but this is just one of many Greek myths that make fascinating reading. A good place to start is THEOI GREEK MYTHOLOGY-EXPLORING MYTHOLOGY IN CLASSICAL LITERATURE AND ART I will add more good sites as I find them.
Ψυχή according to el.wiktionary.org can also mean – generosity, kindness, bravery and courage. All that meaning in a tiny little winged insect.
So, here is my screen print of Psyche as a butterfly…it’s long and narrow because it is for the sides and bottom of a circular bag for headphones.