Socks are being worked off. See you at Cherrywood Art Fair!
By hannah stoney on November 29, 2013
By hannah stoney on November 21, 2013
1. Prepping for Cherrywood Art Fair.
I made a stamp for my bags. It’s the first stamp I’ve ever made and it’s not as easy as I’d thought it would be (ha).
I also made this little greenhouse thingy to use as the centrepiece of my stall. I had to do an emergency run for extra undergrowth today which is not something that’s ever happened to me before.
2. Prints Galore!
I’m becoming quite the printing-lady. This week I even cleaned my roller manually with rubbing alcohol and after that, I felt like I could conquer the world.
3. Islington Illustrated Map
My Islington map is back from the scanners. Prints will be available sometime in the next month– once I get to it.
4. Set Design
I was commissioned to paper-cut a couple of back-drops for a play set in Indonesia and America. These are going to be projected onto huge screens using the wonders of light technology. I can’t wait to see them in action!
By hannah stoney on November 13, 2013
I went all out on commissions this week and I’m excited to say that I am very, very almost there with the Islington illustrated map that I’ve been working on for a couple of months now.
Hopefully I will be getting it all scanned by specialists in the next few days and whilst the original wings its way to the lovely commissioners, maybe sometime soon I will have a print version sorted.
I’ve really enjoyed drawing buildings recently. So much so that next year I want to try to do an illustrated map of Austin (where I currently reside).
In other news, I have been commissioned to do some shadow-puppet and silhouette set work by a local theatre company.
The play features Indonesia a lot and my brief was to come up with a mother and baby themed shadow puppet with reference to Indonesian shadow puppets (like this one).
One of mine is more overt than the other. Can you guess which one? Ha.
By hannah stoney on November 9, 2013
Easy peasy this week, an aural-visual treat:
By hannah stoney on November 7, 2013
Busy bee, busy bee — drawing Islington and getting products ready for Cherrywood Art Fair.
I had to go to Ikea to get frames and of course, I ended up buying all sorts of nonsense. Neck pillows! Don’t mind if I do. Glove puppets? Why, of course.
New, small, framed paper-cuts
Fill me up:
By hannah stoney on October 31, 2013
Wherefore Art Thou Running?
I’m trying to get back into running again but it is not my natural inclination and I need incentives.
I was trying to think of something that I always wish for but never end up buying and I decided that for every ten runs I do, I am going to treat myself to an art print. (The ten runs being quantitive not qualitative — because in my case going for a run at all is something to be celebrated and gasped at, no matter how walk-punctuated and wheezy it is.)
Laurie Hastings is definitely on my illustrator-love list. Just look at this beauty:
And this piece she did is so evocative. I swear I’ve been in this pub– been in this moment even:
I’ll be adding to my wishlist here over the next few weeks. There are important decisions to be made, I am about to become a collector.
Trick or Fleet?
In other news, we had fun trick or treating today. Our neighbourhood was munificently magnificent and really put a lot of effort into making a lot of kids very happy indeed. They even did a flash-mob Thriller dance in the street! I love the thought of all of those rehearsals!
Here we are, on our way. I’m Fantastic Mr. Fox and my kids are a pirate and Rambo (last minute costume desperation anyone? “Quick, draw some black marks on his face!”).
By hannah stoney on October 30, 2013
I’m really pleased to be one of the Cherrywood Art Fair artists this year. It has got me thinking about smaller booth-worthy products. Here is a peek into my process this week:
By hannah stoney on October 25, 2013
I have been missing blogging about things other than my work and so I thought I’d make a weekly slot to share some other bits and bobs and perhaps even, some thoughts.
Helen Stratton (1867 – 1961).
I’m sure that like me, you will have seen these images before sometime, somewhere. But isn’t it nice to put a name to the visual legacy?
Oh the lines. I want to spend long afternoons playing with ink and thick paper.
I love it when my kids are all the way in:
I’m enjoying this travelogue. Mr. Jacobson is droll, irreverent and astute in just about the right measures, making for an enjoyable read. I’m also really valuing such an on-foot view of the land and the people.
Other than Neighbours and Home and Away (the good ol’ days!) I really had no sense of the internals of Australia as it were. What it means to be northern or from the west or south. I didn’t know the range of complexities in the relationship between the aborigines and the newer population.
I enjoy that sense of getting to know a land’s deeper layers. I remember that feeling in America, when I started to grasp the unspoken meanings in things– for instance what it means that R.E.M come from Georgia or Nirvana from Washington. What it means to drive a subaru or a mini-van.
I love these gems. I love learning that in Australia, northern people are tough and a bit wild; that politicians are expected to be out and about with the people; that Uluru/Ayre’s rock is much more spectacular than you’d expect and that there is an impulse amongst retired white people to traverse the land.
Anyhow, I’m enjoying it. I like those Australians and that Jacobson.
By hannah stoney on October 23, 2013
It has been a bit of a slow week for me in my atelier but that is OK. Sometimes, being slow and going out looking is important studio work too.
Here are some pictures from this week — I have been shuffling ships and cities and walking with my boys.
By hannah stoney on October 16, 2013
A long time ago, I lived in a northern city in the UK called Sheffield.
A few weeks ago, an old friend from Sheffield asked me to create an illustrated, paper-cut, layered piece for his web design agency, Creative Stream.
Sheffield is post-industrial but it’s also one of the UK’s greenest cities. It is both ugly and big and beautiful and small. I once wrote a short story about Sheffield and it was all about this paradox it has of sinking and soaring; bleakness and beauty; dark valleys and breath-taking panoramic heights.
And that’s still how I feel about Sheffield; I have this wild affection for it but also this unshakeable melancholia about it. Now, combine that with a sudden obsession with Alex Turner’s Submarine soundtrack and Jake Bugg’s song, Broken and this is what you get — a piece that I hope holds desolation and wonder in uneasy equal measure.
In other news, I have updated my Redbubble page with many new Polyphemus Moth products. Get your moth on.