Thursday, June 26, 2008

Wayward 'Toonists Swingin' Jukebox Jam! exhibition

Here I am as Curator with my partner in crime Mark.

In my 'real' full time job as a curator I have been working with 3 artists to get their exhibition up and happening at the Town Hall Gallery. The exhibition, The Wayward 'Toonists Swingin' Jukebox Jam! officially opened last Thursday and has been well received. To see more of the exhibition and their site go here. There is also pics on the gallery flickr site as well.

Monday, June 16, 2008

No weaving but some knitting

Often during winter I start to get a little reluctant to weave, possibly because it's cold in the studio and there's nothing better than lounging around with a glass of wine, cat on the lap and some knitting in front of the TV.

I've completed 2 small projects recently. I haven't worked on anything too big lately mostly because I get too involved and stop making art! Small projects are good, they're quick and completed before I lose interest really!
So the 2 projects were a scarf and a beret. The scarf is a basic one in garter stitch with a ruffle at either end (really easy and quick!) and comes from a free pattern at Berreco (pattern here)
I made it longer mostly as I had some spare balls of a tweedy like yarn. Warm and toasty!

The other project the beret was using a yarn that has small sequins on it, kind of tricky to cast on at first but has come out pretty effective. It's a bit disco like! I used an old patons 8 ply beret pattern that is knitted on 2 needles. It also has a plain black band as the sequined yarn didn't lend itself to ribbing.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Love of Lynch

Article courtesy of

Christian Louboutin and David Lynch have locked heads to create the photographic exhibition, Fetish. The show features five limited edition pairs of shoes by Louboutin alongside five signed photographs of the shoes by Lynch.

As with so many collaborations, things moved very quickly. The process began when Lynch commissioned Louboutin to make shoes for an exhibition he was hosting at the Cartier Foundation back in March this year. The pair quickly became friends and when Louboutin wanted to push the notion of extreme fetish in his work, by creating shoes and then playing with their creative representation in two-dimensional images, it was clear Lynch would be the man to translate his vision.

"I tried to keep an element of my drawings, to be faithful to the drawings, with no practicality, just pleasure, thinking of extreme fetish shoes. Usually when you go to the third dimension you lose something," explains Louboutin of his initial concept, "then I wanted to photograph them - I find there's more emotion with cinematic images. I wanted Lynch's style and since we'd recently become friends it was natural for me to ask him."

The designer has an atelier where the one-of-a-kind shoes are created. Throwing practicality and comfort out the window, Louboutin has pushed shoe design to its limits with 26cms heels, spikes on the inside and sole of the shoe, and Siamese heels (two shoes fused at the heel).

The idea is that the shoe becomes a cult object, transcending the most beautiful part of the shoe and/or foot. Louboutin pinpoints "The Siamese shoe" as his favourite, "For me the shoe and the picture together become very close to Twin Peaks."

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