We’ve started having photoshop lessons with Steve because obviously this being our digital term, you will have to know/use it. I can do most of the things on photoshop, but vectors I have never been able to do, I just give up, but today was that day, and i actually really enjoy it! Its just time consuming. I tried creating me and honestly looks bad, but it was my first go and it will still be in my sketchbook shown.

There we go, it kind of looks like the image, But i have no idea yet how to add shading and different tones to make it look more lifelike. But i enjoyed it!

experimenting with kalediscope

This happens to one of my favourites that I have created in the holidays, quite proud of this one! Simple but effective. I think that the colours contrast well which other, a happy mistake!

Inspiration – Cardiff Castle

While our new project is on Cardiff School Of Management, and we have to make a banner for the building relating to kalediscope, I thought why not to try and include some of the culture from within the City itself? So i thought, Cardiff Castle would be a great place to start. Everyone knows of it, its cultural and beautiful, heres what inspried me for this project!

(None of these images are mine, I just looked on Google and got them!)

Thanks! xo

Easter and a book review!

Finally! After a long 10 weeks of full hard work developing our project on ‘The World is full of objects’ we finally handed everything in on Friday, and I can say it really was a relief to hand everything in and be proud of it. There were some amazing pieces in the first year exhibition and then there were some you could clearly see that they done them a few days before the hand in date, I don’t blame them though, It can get really stressful! I really did love the final piece I had created, it was something I hadn’t done before, so to see that hung up the way I wanted it to be and look ‘not awful’ was lovely, let’s hope the course directors thought so too, I couldn’t handle getting a bad grade after researching and working so hard.

But I haven’t really taken a break from textiles, since I have been off; I’ve still been looking at textile books! That is why I am here, too review these two books! Enjoy!

  • Book review one; The Busy Girl’s Guide to Sewing: Unlock your inner sewing Goddess – Projects, Advice and inspiration for a creative lifestyle.

    (I found this picture on Google! It is not mine!)

    I didnt even mean to take out this book, but i liked the cover and after flicking thorugh it for a second, inoticed that a load of the projects were really simple and if you had a sewing machine it woudl take half the time if you had to hand sew it, so i took it home and within a few minutes i had photocopied most of the pages and they are not stuck in my inspirationn book that i flick through if im stuck for projects in university!

    But as i like to go by, you cant judge a book byt its cover so i decided to try out the simpliest project in the book, making a jumbo pin cushion, anyone with a pair of hands can make these even if you havent even touched a needle abf thread before, it isnt hard, you just have too sew a simple box together and the stuff it with well, stuffing (wadding if you like)! I dont even have a pincushion actually I just use the top of my sewing box and that works fine by me!  But i though i may as well have on for when i go away on trips or something. After ten minutes, I had a beautiful pincushion which i left at home so i cant actually take a picture for you, sorry!

    But i found the book really easy to go along with, the authors are really helpful and made simple tutorials for you to go by when you do the pieces, no getting confused here!  Each project has helpful pictures and drawings to help you along.

    Thats all i really have to say about it! A lovely simple craft book if you dont have that much spare time! Go out and buy it or even borrow it! You will love it!

    • Book review two;Kirstie Allsopp’s CRAFT.




Guther Von Hagen

I didn’t really know what to except when I switched over to this on Channel four on Easter Sunday, I obviously knew it’d be relating to religion and Jesus being crucified, but I didn’t know anything of what the documentary was going to entail. I had heared briefly of Guther Von Hagen’s work because I studied him slightly within my Fine Art pieces in College. He heavily influenced me on a decay piece I had created, so I knew what I was expecting.  It’s not a  noral television show which you expect to seeon Easter, but nevertheless, It was an amazing documentation to atch and would advise anyone to catch up on it, if you’re interested in any form of art or anything really!

For mostly everyone, they’ve heard of his unique work, but if you haven’t, let me tell you what he is well known for. Gunther Von Hagens created a series of pieces with a technique called ‘plastination’. He basically burns off the tissue with acid and then replaces it with plastic, dead tissue. It could be human, animal or vegetable tissue. He got World famous when he embarked on series of work called ‘Body worlds’. Gruesome is definitely what to springs to mind when you tell people this is art and what he is known for. But for most lovers of his work, like me and most people on my course I would presume, it’s educational and amazing to know that you can actually do this in modern day science. If he didn’t do this it wouldn’t allow anyone, mostly including medical students, that it must be amazing for their studies to understand and know what we’re made of, and not just learning off it from behind a computer. I find it amazing that you can see the pattern of blood vessel’s which in itself looks like a work of art. He doesn’t just keep his work within the confines of humans though, he has travelled over onto the animal world, and even on the documentary he said, ‘here’s a piece of lion’ well I think it was lion, but anyway, how fascinating.

The concept for this piece of art was to create a real life crucified piece of Jesus on the cross. But what I imagine would upset religious people, using real life body parts. I personally think the outcome was amazing and don’t see why you can’t understand what Gunther was trying to achieve. If you follow religious closely then maybe you should give this documentary a miss!  Gunther though was so precise with the layout of the plascation on the body; he wanted everything to be perfect, like it was going to be his last piece in the world of art. He wanted to be involved in every single aspect of the piece and even wanted to be part of the wood chopping down process even though he couldn’t actually help in terms of chopping it down. I find it amazing that he’s that devoted when he creates something. I think that when we found out Gunther was dying of Parkinson’s disease on the documentary it made more sense of why he was doing this now. I think that since he wanted to do it for such a long time, but never did, he saw now as his last chance.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed!


Damien Hirst – Kalediscope

While on the hunt i found these amazing pieces of art by the ever so controversial artist, Damien Hirst. I didnt even realise that he did Kalediscope paintings, everytime I think of his work I just think of the diamond skull and the LSD pieces (no offence to Damien Hirst lovers out there.) But i actually really love these pieces and can see myself basing a lot of my inspirtaion off some of them. Here are some of the pieces!

“I’ve got an obsession with death … But I think it’s like a celebration of life rather than something morbid.”

The first ‘Kaleidoscope’ painting, ‘It’s a Wonderful World’, was created in 2001. Originally inspired by a Victorian tea tray found by Hirst, the works are made by placing thousands of different coloured butterfly wings in intricate geometric patterns into household paint.

Works from the ‘Kaleidoscope’ series were first exhibited as part of ‘Romance in the Age of Uncertainty’ at White Cube, London, in 2003. In 2007, Hirst presented a major series of the paintings in the solo show, ‘Superstition’, at Gagosian Gallery, London Davies Street and Beverley Hills.

The ‘Kaleidoscope’ paintings reference the spiritual symbolism of the butterfly, used by the Greeks to depict Psyche, the soul, and in Christian imagery to signify the resurrection. The works are reminiscent of, and even sometimes directly copy stained glass windows (‘South Rose Window, Lincoln Cathedral’ (2007)). Their titles similarly often reference Christian iconography, and Hirst chose to name a collection of paintings in 2008 after entries in The Book of Psalms.

Whilst the butterfly is one of Hirst’s most enduring “universal triggers”, in the ‘Kaleidoscope’ paintings he differs from his use of it in earlier works. Previously, the inclusion of live butterflies, as in the installation ‘In and Out of Love’ (1991), or whole dead ones in the butterfly monochrome paintings, was partially an exploration of “the way the real butterfly can destroy the ideal (birthday-card) kind of love; the symbol exists apart from the real thing.” Recalling someone once saying to him: “Butterflies are beautiful, but it’s a shame they have disgusting hairy bodies in the middle,” Hirst chose to use only the iridescent wings in the ‘Kaleidoscope’ paintings, divorcing the butterflies from “the real thing”. Titles such as ‘The Most Beautiful Thing in The World’ (2003) reflect the idealised beauty they encapsulate.

The two largest ‘Kaleidoscope’ paintings, ‘Enlightenment’ (2008) and ‘I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds’ (2006) are 17 feet long, and each include over 2,700 butterflies. – Taken from

Hope you enjoyed!

Cerys xo