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 – … Continue reading Aubrey Beardsley

International Friendship Day

The International Day of Friendship is a UN initiative not to be confused with the friendship day created by Facebook.  This one has much more worthy ambitions! The date has been assigned to recognise  the relevance and importance of friendship as a  in the lives of human beings around the world. And in today’s world with challenges, crises and conflict the date has been designed … Continue reading International Friendship Day

Happy Birthday to the Creator of Peter Rabbit

Today celebrates the birthday of English writer, illustrator and conservationist Helen Beatrix Potter.  Born on this day in 1866 she is famous as the creator of children’s characters and story books. Amongst her most famous being Peter Rabbit; Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle  and my favourite Jemima Puddle-Duck. A great website for small children you’ll find a load of resources on hop, skip and … Continue reading Happy Birthday to the Creator of Peter Rabbit

On This Day In History….

Today is the birthday of Italian born artist Amadeo Modigliani.  Born on 12th July 1884 he was an Italian painter and sculptor who moved to Paris in 1906 mixing with the likes of Picasso and Jacob Epstein. Known primarily for his figurative and portrait work his paintings are easily recognisable by their elongated faces and often black eyes. We were lucky to see a retrospective … Continue reading On This Day In History….

Alice Day

As a child I loved the Alice in Wonderland stories and have continued to enjoy the art and design inspired by Lewis Carroll’s original stories.  I almost selected an Alice theme for our wedding as the story conjures up some very familiar symbols and imagery that lend themselves to party style decorations. My favourite copy is still my old tattered one with the original illustrations … Continue reading Alice Day

National Camera Day

We take for granted our ability to capture all aspects of our lives on film or more correctly today in digital format so it seems appropriate to devote a day of the year to celebrating the camera – And let’s face it is a great excise to escape from your desk (or the children!) and grab your camera, ipad or phone and start snapping. … Continue reading National Camera Day