Friday, 23 May 2014

An Unexpected Discovery

Whilst I was having a dig around for a bit of spare lino I found a block I'd cut, probably several years ago, and never got around to printing. Assuming at the time I'd had a reason to abandon it I didn't really hold particularly high hopes for this piece.  On a whim I decided to print it anyway and was hugely surprised at the results!

I am really pleased with the design and am very happy the impression of volume I managed to capture in the hair.  In general I like how restful the character looks.  Previous designs involving characters were frequently more active, featuring dancers or children at play but I'm particularly pleased with the calm expression and relaxed stance of the woman in this piece.  

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Personal Milestones

So against all odds (and by that I obviously mean my complete lack of relationship skills) I've reached my one year anniversary with my boyfriend.  You've probably gathered by now that I'm not a hugely romantic person and sometimes I find it difficult to deal with the emotional side of things but I wanted to show him just how much I genuinely appreciate him.  Knowing this date was approaching I'd been wracking my brain for months looking for the perfect gift but was completely incapable of finding anything even remotely adequate.  Finally I reached the conclusion (only very slightly influenced by lack of funding) that it would be considerably more meaningful to make him a present.  Instead of going for the type of pattern or design I might usually put on one of his cards I based this image on one of the key aspects I feel brought us together, a mutual love of punk music.  This print primarily relates to the first time we said "I love you" to each other.  We were at a punk gig, full of loads of local bands and totally surrounded by 40 something punks but he made me feel like we were the only two people in the room.  I'd dragged him there on a 'research trip' for my dissertation and although it was so much weirder than I'd expected, he only teased me about it a little.

This print obviously isn't a portrait of us.  I like to think I dress a little classier than the girl in the picture (well... most of the time) and despite my best cajoling he refuses to cut his hair into a Mohawk (apparently that would be 'unprofessional').   I used a lot of artistic license to create what I hope is a visually impressive piece but more importantly I wanted to demonstrate that a happy relationship isn't just for two cliched, 'normal' people.  Love isn't just for the visually stunning, airbrushed models used in magazines or on tv.  It's for everyone.  Me and my boyfriend aren't really normal or conventional and we're certainly not perfect but that's what I think makes us perfect for each other.