I came across Kate MacDowell‘s work quite a few weeks ago now, I knew I was going to post it as soon as I saw it, but I’ve had to wait to let it really sink in. It’s been a long time since I came across a new artist who’s work left me so speechless like this. So many things I wanted to say about the pieces but my all my brain could think was ‘woooah’, hopefully it’s caught up again now!
Anatomy & nature are two of my favourite subjects & so it will be of no surprise to those of you who already knew so, that these pieces would make my heart skip. The way she manages to combine the two so perfectly, harmoniously even, is just beautiful.
Each piece is hand sculpted out of ghostly white porcelain, giving what would usually be a very dark, disturbing subject matter a real sense of purity & elegance, inviting those who would usually quickly look away to look a little closer and for a little longer. The aspect I find most striking though, is the feeling of fragility the porcelain gives the pieces, it makes for a beautiful statement on how delicate the balance is between us & nature. The small decaying animals which reveal a human skeleton underneath further illustrate this message, ‘what we do to our world, we do to ourselves’.
“I see each piece as a captured and preserved specimen, a painstaking record of endangered natural forms and a commentary on our own culpability.” – Kate MacDowell
In : Inspiration Also tagged Anatomy, Art, Beautiful, Birds, Canary, China, Dead, Death, Delicate, dissected, dissection, Entangled, Flowers, Fragile, Frog, Glaze, Hand Built, Handcrafted, Haunting, Heart, Human, Kate MacDowell, Lungs, Macabre, Memento More, porcelain, Sculpture, Skull, Tentacles, White
I realised a few days ago that I haven’t posted an illustration in quite a while, so I thought it was time I finished off this one that has been sitting here half completed for a few weeks…
I’m really enjoying drawing things influenced by nature & folk tales at the moment, I’ve always been fascinated by both of those things but recently it seems to be spilling over into everything I do. I have also realised that my fashion education has given me a serious aversion to drawing clothes! After having drawn nothing but clothing on models for almost 6 years, I think I’m just totally fed up with it! Plus everything I do just seems so much cleaner & slicker without the extra fuss of clothing, so sorry if you’re bored of these nude/barely clothed illustrations, but I guess there will be quite a few more until I feel like drawing clothes again!
I’m not entirely happy with this piece & it will probably end up being changed around a little before I’m satisfied enough to say it’s done. I’m not really sure what it is, everyone I’ve shown it to has said it looks finished to them, but to me there’s something missing & I can’t quite put my finger on it. This is the main reason it’s been sitting unfinished, it just doesn’t seem like it is. If anything glaringly obvious stands out to you, or you have any (constructive!) criticism, I’d love it if you could leave a comment letting me know! It’s always great to hear from others about your work & especially if it’s something constructive. I often prefer when people tell me they don’t like my work & their reasons behind that, instead of just saying ‘Oh, it’s nice!’ or something similar. So don’t be afraid to say, even if it’s ‘I hate it’ (just let me know why!) …
In : Illustration Also tagged Antlers, Arrows, Bow & Arrow, Deer, Digital, FAIIINT, Folk Tale, Girl, Horns, Illustration, Illustrator, Mythology, Nude, Pencil, Shot, Sketch, Spreared
FAIIINT Faux Fur Snood / FAIIINT Paneled Maxi Dress / COS Belt / Topshop Boots
Those of you that live in the UK will be well aware that, despite having lovely warm, sunny Spring weather last week, this week feels like winter all over again & today it has even decided to snow! Rather than feel miserable at the horrible day outside, I decided to take the opportunity to wear (hopefully for the last time till Autumn!) a couple of my favourite things that I made last year…
I brought this amazing faux-fur from an upholstery shop, as it was the softest, most realistic faux-fur I’d ever come across, nicer in fact than even the very expensive types you get in good fabric shops. I love the look of fur, but couldn’t wear real fur myself, so I love that this looks & feels just like the real deal. I brought it mainly to use for the removable collar on the black cropped tux jacket I made, but with quite a lot left over I decided to make this snood out of it too. Even though it’s such a simple little accessory & took no time or skill to make, I think it’s one of my favourites, I have worn it practically every single day over the last few months. Small details such as lining it with thin china silk, so that it wouldn’t make my neck hot & sticky like my other snoods do, mean it has become my go to neckwear for Winter & my other scarfs haven’t had a look in since I made it!
I had been looking for a maxi dress like this one almost all of last Autumn, I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for anywhere so decided to make this out of the bits of leftover jersey I had lying around. It has panels of a heavier ribbed jersey down both sides, this wasn’t a conscious decision, but more due to the fact I didn’t have enough of the plain cotton jersey I used as the main fabric left & this was spare! I love the way it turned out though, I think sometimes my best efforts seem to be the pieces I just knock together & take no care over!
In : Made, Outfit Also tagged Autumn, Belt, Black, Boots, COS, DIY, FAIIINT, Faux Fur, Fur, Maxi Dress, Outfit, Park, Snood, Studs, Topshop