Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) Gustav Klimt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons In preparation for an upcoming trip to Vienna, I have been re-acquainting myself with my two of my favourite artists: Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Both formed an important part of turn-of-the-century Austria's Jugendstil movement (also known as Art Nouveau). As a teenager, I considered Klimt to be my favourite artist, but I suppose I couldn't really have articulated why that was. I was never particularly interested in researching my favourite artists, I always preferred to let the images stand alone in my mind. Because of this, I was slightly worried that I would find little else to Klimt's work than

Making of a design - faux bois print

I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning than listening to BBC Radio 6 Music, enjoying the sunshine through the open window, and creating prints. This morning, I finally finished carving a woodgrain linocut design that I've been meaning to do for a few weeks. This design, along with the fox and owl prints serve as a loosely-connected series based on the theme of winter. It's fitting that I'm finishing the last image of this series on the first properly spring-like day of the year. I've written before about my inspiration for this faux bois print, so I thought I would focus instead on the actual process of creating a linocut design such as this one. When I first started getti

Cherry blossoms

I recently wrote about a trip to the Japanese gallery at the British Museum. Besides seeing some lovely prints, I was also inspired by a beautiful wedding sash with weeping cherry blossom design. I had been thinking of creating a cherry blossom print, but something was missing from my early versions. I love the way the blossoms pour down from the top of the sash, and the metallic thread elevates the natural designs to a level of elegance befitting a wedding. My photos didn't turn out very well, but luckily, this blog post has good quality photos, as well as some musings on Japanese design. Cherry blossoms are a symbol of Japan and the blooming of cherry blossoms across the country is an impo

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