Looking at the sketches that I made in my sketchbook yesterday (2nd March 2017), I realised I was drawn again to the hand-drawn typography. The example below was copied from the frontispiece of a version of Grimm’s Fairy Tales translated by L.L.Weedon. I thought it was oddly short: ‘There was once…’ sounds more incomplete than ‘Once … More Museum of Childhood Books II
Scotland’s Early Literature for Children Initiative (SELCIE) is an organisation which aims to rediscover Scotland’s heritage of publishing for children. Founding member, Sarah Dunnigan kindly invited me to have a look in the museum of childhood archives held at the city chambers, which I have been planning to do for a while and finally got … More Museum of Childhood Books
“Man’s unhappiness, says Descartes, is due to his having first been a child.” Simone de Beauvoir in The Ethics of Ambiguity, II Personal Freedom and Others. As with all art forms, children’s literature is a product of the society it is constructed in and so it unavoidably contains embedded ideology. Our ideas about the world and … More Childhood
I am trying my hand at animation to adapt my illustration to screen. This is based on the gocco printed book I made called Where the Sea Meets the Sky. Refresh the page to watch it again!
Philosopher Gilles Deleuze describes sensation as an autonomous, bodily response to visual art: “Colour is in the body, sensation is in the body, and not in the air. Sensation is what is painted” (2003 :35). The idea of sensation is reminiscent of the paperAutonomy of Affect by social theorist Brian Massumi’s, which I wrote about this in … More Sensation
In her essay The Ethics of Ambiguity Simone de Beauvoir proposes that we deconstruct accepted ‘universal’ ways of seeing the world – the individual ‘I’ gazing at the ‘other’ – in favour of a multi-view of interchangeable possibilities, none of which are fixed. “Instead of defining a single centre of a unified world, we could imagine other … More Ambiguity