Friday, February 3, 2017

Long time no blog!

WOW!!!!  It has been such a long time since I have even seen my blog, let alone wrote anything here. Does absence make the heart grow fonder.... or did Facebook just drive me away in search of a saner/calmer, less toxic way to communicate? Who knows.

To be brutally honest, design work has taken up so much of my time that there was nothing arty or crafty to share over the blog-drought anyway. Things have finally quietened down  a little now so I am turning my attention back to my shop and finishing a few projects that just never made it in there.

First up are some Altered Art Witch Paper Dolls which have provided my first foray into digital downloads. Ludmilla and Demelza are both available to download now on etsy and will soon be joined by Hortense the Vampire.  I am also working on sheets of themed ephemera for you to reuse for your own altered artwork and scrapbooking.

I also have some George Barbier inspired hand drawn paper dolls in the pipeline. Because they are my own original artwork, they will only be available to buy ready assembled and packaged, like my Vampire Showgirls and the Burlesque Mermaids. I have had a few requests to provide them for other people to work with because people don't seem to realise that they are original drawings. Yes, certainly I adorn them with vintage scraps to add to the period feel but I drew them myself in an aim to make them look "vintage", so maybe that's a compliment?

Incidentally, if you are wondering who George Barbier is, just do a Google search and wallow in the sheer beauty of one of my all time favourite illustrators. I spent many an hour in childhood slavishly copying his gorgeous drawings. Having rediscovered my love of all things Art Deco lately, I thought it would be nice to revisit the spirit of his decadent creatures and turn them into paper dolls. watch this space :o)


C said...

Hi Yve, lovely to see you back! And good to know you've been kept busy - loving the look of your latest pwn work too. I looked up George Barbier and realised his wonderful illustrations were really quite familiar but somehow I'd never put a name to them, or at least if I ever did I'd forgotten it. So thanks for that, I'll keep a note of him now. The artist who captured my imagination when I was at college and whose work is not dissimilar to Barbier's was Leon Bakst. I haven't looked at his work in ages now - must go and revisit.
In the meantime, look forward to more updates from you whenever you have time and inclination :-)

Yve said...

I didn't even see there were comments on the blog as I haven't been here in so long, sorry! :o(

Bakst work is amazing, so much colour and movement.... very muscular figures, even the girls! I think Barbier had the edge (for me) as his figures were so stylised and willowy. I read somewhere recently, that even though he was perhaps the most celebrated illustrator of the 20's and 30's in Paris, he was from a very wealthy, well to do family who wanted to distance themselves from his lifestyle. I get the impression he was gay and that Mummy and Daddy did not approve. Sadly he died quite youngish (I think he was in his 30's when his work first attracted attention) and so his family allowed his fame to be buried along with him, which is sad on so many levels. There seems to be a resurgence of interest in his work lately, though - hopefully he will regain the respect he always deserved :o)