Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Built in 1914 and once known as the Industrial Promotion Hall, it stands as a silent reminder near the hypocentre of the atomic bomb blast of August 6 1945.
It was one of the only structures not totally obliterated within a 3km radius of the blast.
Eerily suggestive of the ongoing plight of many in present day Japan after the earthquakes, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster .
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Carved, painted upon with gouache and then nailed.
Might even mount it upon one or two slightly larger cloth covered old books to give it a bit of substance to stand alone, either that or I could frame it to hang on the wall. Still thinking........ so not completely finished yet.
Monday, 27 June 2011
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Herewith a few illustrations from one of my favourite childhood books "Ra ta ta tam" .
Written by Peter Nickl and illustrated by Binette Schroeder. The story was translated from the German by Michael Bullock.
The book went everywhere with me. I spent hours exploring the illustrations, relating to the main character Matthew Tiny, who was always being told what to do by everyone else. I loved his eccentric inventions, especially the bicycle powered hot air balloon which he uses on his adventure to find and reclaim his beloved little train Ra ta ta tam.
The book was a gift to me from my eldest brother when I was 8 years old, and I think I have treasured the book as much for the inscription he left in it, as for the wonderful illustrations and tale.
The inscription reads: "Dear little Robyn, I hope you enjoy this short tale. I chose it because it is almost as strange as you are, Forever your Big Brother, Gary, 1975"
Saturday, 25 June 2011
Friday, 24 June 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Monday, 20 June 2011
I am on a winter theme with the temperatures being relatively cool for SE QLD at the moment.
Living in a sub-tropical climate cool weather doesn't last for long, so I am really enjoying a bit of crispness in the air! It's also nice to have clean crisp days after such a long, wet summer. The ground is still muddy even though we haven't had rain for quite a while.
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Saturday, 18 June 2011
Well worth the wait on a quiet Saturday morning.
Looks like my friend, Scamp, the wallaby was out searching for sun this morning as wel!
Friday, 17 June 2011
Herewith, the latest tome I've been working on. Not 100% happy yet, but it's all a learning process!
Have enjoyed working with cogs and nails and shellac immensely and doing little cross hatch pen drawings (which I will refine further as, whilst they look fine to the naked eye, they don't translate very well in photo form and look very amateurish).
Am very keen for the little vintage "Ready for Everest" illustration.
Unfortunately the expensive circle cutter I purchased doesn't work effectively on books (due to bumping on the spine), so have had to cut out the circles by hand which, due to my cavalier approach, gives a less than satisfactory outcome when cutting through multiple layers.
Thursday, 16 June 2011
These photo's were taken from the opposite bank, across the Togetsu-kyo bridge, looking back at the main township of Arashiyama.
As you can see by the photo's it is a beautiful place to visit, not too far from central Kyoto, with many temples, beautiful bamboo forests , rickshaws, wooden punts and also a monkey park.
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Random objects of little or no apparent value which I find intersting - massed together to create photographic compositions.
A follow on from my photocopy storyboards as access to a reasonable photocopier has all but disappeared for me at the moment.
ephemera pl. n.
items of short-lived interest or usefullness.
which makes me an ephemerist - being a collector of such nonsense!
perhaps we could apply this nomenclature to the majority of items produced, and those who accumulate them, in our current time!