Aubrey Beardsley

Born on this day in 1872, Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, an English illustrator is a somewhat controversial character.  His drawing style using black ink was heavily influenced by japanese woodcuts from artists such as the famous Katsushika Hokusai.  But his focus on the grotesque and erotic made him a bit of guilty pleasure. The BBC recently released a documentary on iPlayer which is available here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02t77gl. … Continue reading Aubrey Beardsley

For Lovers of Stationery and Writing

I’ve always fancied trying my hand at calligraphy, although not sure I’d have the patience or the natural talent, but this week’s Cass blog really caught my attention. They’re promoting a new book by designer and calligrapher Rebecca Cahill – its promoted as a “new guide to calligraphy. Learn how to become a master of modern letter forms and inject some personality into your penmanship, … Continue reading For Lovers of Stationery and Writing

Festival of Quilts

The Festival of Quilts is live at the NEC, Birmingham this weekend (10th – 13th August) and is well worth a visit. As well as an array of stalls selling fabrics, threads, felting, wool and a whole lot more crafting materials the event has an exhibition of work throughout the halls displaying creations from professional an amateur artists. I took a quick walk around on … Continue reading Festival of Quilts