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Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?

Born today in 1964, Bret Easton Ellis is a post modernist satirist with a pitch black sense of humour, or a twisted sickness depending on your view. In 1991 Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho was published, and although initially hated by critics, has gone on to be considered a modern classic, since turned into a film starring Christian Bale, and even a Broadway Musical with … Continue reading Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?

Winslow Homer: Happy Birthday

We have different reasons for liking Winslow Homer here at Ragtag Towers… An American artist, born on 24th February 1836 in Boston, Homer has ties to our  home county of Northumberland.  In spring 1881 at the age 45, he travelled to the UK and settled in the fishing village of Cullercoats (a village between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth)  where he stayed for 18 months. During the … Continue reading Winslow Homer: Happy Birthday

“That’s Not Art!”

On this day in 1913 an art exhibition opened in New York City that shocked the country.  Staged by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors The Armoury Show was the first large exhibition of modern art in the US and marked the dawn of Modernism in the US.  Opening in a makeshift gallery in the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue  the exhibition toured … Continue reading “That’s Not Art!”

National Doodle Day (22nd September)

According to their website National Doodle Day is “a doodle-tastic annual fundraising event organised by Epilepsy Action.” What better excuse is there for creating some much needed downtime in your schedule that art for charity and the cause has had a whole host of celebrity supporters who have donated their doodles from ceramist and artist Grayson Perry to actor Sir ben Kingsley all of which you can … Continue reading National Doodle Day (22nd September)

Celebrating the Works of Arthur Rackham

As well as being International Talk Like a Pirate Day today is also the birth date of one of my favourite illustrators – the British illustrator Arthur Rackham. I bought my first Rackham print in a little book shop near York Minster and since then have amassed a collection of prints, cards and books which are displayed all over the house. He created visual depictions … Continue reading Celebrating the Works of Arthur Rackham

Sue Stone Textile Artist

One of the highlights of the Festival of Quilts was obviously Diana Harrison work but another was the work of textile artist Sue Stone. The exhibit is entitled “This is Me” and is a series of small portraits each around 27 by 35cm. Mixed media creations using a combination of fabrics, threads, wool, felt and acrylic paint. This is how the artist describes her work…… … Continue reading Sue Stone Textile Artist

Traces in Cloth

One of my favourite exhibits at the Festival of Quilts that I visited last month was the work of artist Diana Harrison – “Traces of Cloth”.  Her creations are all fabric based, combining a multitude of techniques including quilting, dying, shrinking, bleaching, burning and printing. Sadly I have absolutely no idea how she was able to create such haunting pieces but it was a beautiful … Continue reading Traces in Cloth