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A trip to Muji a little while ago resulted in the purchase of some delightful origami paper. Lots of square sheets of brightly coloured paper. I went though a phase as a child where I learned some origami animals and objects (I specialised in a hat that can become a fish. I still do this, more out of a nervous habit than anything. Napkins and everything get the treatment.) Anyway, I thought it might be fun to take it up again. Totally forgot how frustrating it is when you swiftly get halfway through completing the instructions and can’t understand what the next step could possibly be. “Fold back on itself?? That’s not even possible! *Profanities*…” 

So I’ve kept it simple so far. The best site I’ve found is Origami-Make, purely because I like how the instructions are animated. There are plenty more out there, I still need to do some exploring. Here are some of my creations so far:

I’ve seen some great ideas on Pinterest for making mobiles and the like, so I’ll have an update soon with what I’m actually going to do with these folded pieces of paper. You can see my board for Origami and Me here.

A-Z Prints

I must be obsessed with initials. It probably stems from my love of illuminated manuscripts. Anyway, I wanted to create a series of prints that would be of use to my niece and nephew, kind of a teaching aid… but a pretty one. They’re available in my shop as A4 prints too.

A-Z Prints

A series of prints, one for each letter of the alphabet. I was inspired by illustrated alphabets that are used to teach young children – I wanted to produce something that had a childlike charm but would still appeal to adults.

You can buy the prints here.

Christmas Cards are Coming!

Last Christmas I received the wonderful gift on linocut. I haven’t exactly been using it as much as I planned to – hey it was a Christmas present after all – but now that I have a genuine use for it I’ve gone all out and I must say I’m back in lino-love. My plan is to produce a set of Christmas cards, mainly for friends and fam but they will also be available in my shop. Here’s a preview of what I’ve been toying with so far, would love to get some feedback too!

Yep snowflakes and animals in festive jumpers. Will have an update when these get lovingly printed onto some quality cardstock.

Christmabet – a Festive Font

Fontlab has been taken out from storage, dusted off and given me a new reason to scream at my Mac. I’ve dabbled with typeface creation in the past – part of a fleeting project at uni, which resulted on the (still unfinished) type family ‘Seasons’. My idea here was to create a font for each of the four seasons – you can see (and download if you’re feeling nutty) the lowercase of ‘Spring’ here.

Last year I produced a zine for the Christmas holiday, as part of my ongoing A-Z of Zines saga. Available again this year, here. Featured in the zine is a series of yuletide related capitals, illuminated with icons that begin with that letter… eg. A = Angel, B = Bauble… you get the picture. One year on, I’ve made this available as a working font, which I’m making available free to download as my early Christmas gift to the world. Enjoy, and MERRY CHRISTMABET!

Download Christmabet

Toying with Jewellery

That’s right – Catillest has done some dabbling in the jewellery department and come up with the goods! Ok, so the idea for this stemmed from a BUCKETLOAD of plastic molded into very small animals; a collection I spent a good couple of years of my childhood collecting (not to mention a worryingly large amount of my wonderful parents dosh spending). The problem was I couldn’t really bear to part with this hideous but rather fascinating mound. I love collecting things, but unfortunately I’m not very good at it. I get bored easily. So, I had to put use to this one triumphant success of obsession collecting skills.

After much toiling with fiddly bit of wire and metal findings and pretty little beads, I have some lovely neckwear to share with you. As soon as my brand new shop is functioning like the well-oiled machine it’s capable of being, these will be available to buy. Drop me an email now to reserve any pups and kitties or antelope of your own!

Pre-Raphaelite Perfection

I love to receive presents. Luckily, I like to give them too. Efficiently as ever, I found a way to enjoy both. Give a gift to someone that they automatically have to share with you! Kind of like giving a birthday cake… but less effort in the kitchen. Enough poor analogies; I am now part owner of Tate Membership. This weekend myself and the fam made use of this pass that allows you free entry (and queue skipping) for any Tate exhibition. Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avante-Garde  was the exhibit of choice – and I can’t say I was gagging to get my eyes on some ‘ginger women in boats’ (great summing up of the movement from my flatmates’ BF).

The reason for my predisposition to hate on the pre-Raph’s? Repeatedly seeing women in floaty clothes eating fruit. Painted beautifully I know, but photo-realism just seems unexciting being brought up always taking photography for granted. Lesson learned? DON”T PRE-JUDGE.

Basically I was completely unaware of what the movement was actually about. At a time when revolution was rife through Europe; industrialism was spreading the world and photography was allowing image creation like never before; the Pre-Raphaelites rejected these changes and looked to the rose-tinted past – a better time. They longed for flat surfaces, luminous colours, photo-realistic details… and rejected the belief that Signor Urbino was the shit.

I was fully aware of William Morris; the Arts and Crafts movement and all his socialist ideas and rejection of the industrial age – but I had no idea how connected all these guys (and gals) were. I truly love Morris – the timelessness of his pattern design and his achievements with the Kelmscott Press. I was not expecting a room of the exhibit dedicated to this. Insert pleasant surprise.

What sold me on the show and the movement itself has to be one man though. William Holman Hunt. I was startled when I saw his piece The Scapegoat – a Dali-esque level of surrealism, beautiful rich colours and a goat with a coat of hairs you could spend days counting. Just bizarre after seeing a lot of the ginger lady in various poses. The Shadow of Death and The Light of the World were also shockingly brilliant. What really burst my bubble of prejudice (you’ll lol at that phrase when you see this) is the utterly insane The Triumph of the Innocents. Ahem…

Yes, that is naked children with glowing feet and BUBBLES. This is what I saw:

You can catch the nutters’ works in all their splendor until 13th January 2013, at the Tate Britain.

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