From Sketch to linocut: Eric Gaskell

One of my favourite linocut artists, Eric Gaskell, has generously made a video of his process in sketching landscape through to the final print from linocut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3115ZuXESE

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Alexandra Kingswell: Quilting and Maths

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Alexandra Kingswell mixes Fibonacci sequence, Pi and vibrant colours in ways which make your eyes and spirit sing. Her infectiously joyous colours and patterns are derived from mathematical equations - do you know anyone else who enthuses about the pattern formed at "some 544 decimal places into Pi..? Her website is a treat of inspiration …

What freedom is… Nina Simone

This is one of the best films available on Netflix. I’m reposting, as a friend of mine saw it recently and was just as profoundly shaken and stirred by it. Totally absorbing.

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Last night I more or less idly began watching a documentary on Netflix about Nina Simone – and was right from the start transfixed by her words: “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me – no fear!”

From those opening comments in “What happened to you Miss Simone?” I was glued to the screen.  One of the words most used by the singer herself is “compelling” – and it fits her appearances.

Musically, she is electrifying: confident, powerful, emotional, unpredictable, distinctive.  Like all great artists in any genre (and this is something someone needs to tell warbly teenage wannabe popstars)

  • she inherited powerful art skills through her family (literature words and performance as her mother was a Bible preacher)
  • has invested depth into her art by years of studying and acquiring classical technique (classical piano study),
  • responding to her times and national culture (Civil Rights),
  • bringing in her most personal…

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Stained Glass and Making films – Richard Leclerc and Make Works

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Having had so many posts last week about collage - here are 2 similar in a much more expensive media - stained glass and video.  Stained Glass A brief, one and a half minute film about Richard Leclerc, who lives and works on Arran Island, with a stained glass making practice. https://vimeo.com/96632783 2.  Video-making of …