Paper Play

Lorraine Nam

How did I not come across this beauty last year?!
- "Starling."

This is brilliant! I love all the movement within it, especially the wings of the birds in the foreground. I'd like to attempt something this intricate....may get the scalpel out tomorrow. That sounds macabre.

- "Asphyxiation"

The flowers at the bottom of the image winding in her hair are gorgeous. The composition of the image is quite ethereal; I keep finding pieces that I didn't immediately take in at first glance: the birds on the left and cuts presumably suggesting wind. I'd love to know the inspiration behind this piece; entitled 'Asphyxiation' it does appear somewhat overwhelming, it reminds me of that thick-aired feeling of hot summers, when you seem to be gulping hot air and the tiniest breeze brings relief. The girls dress is incredible.

- "Joy Luck"

A mix of images: a chest of draws with children sat in the top drawer, and a confusion of boxes and bento boxes, but the whole cutting originally appeared to be of a man dragging a many-layered box kite! But I believe they were invented by an Australian so that idea doesn't really gel with the traditional imagery. Inspiring quality of delicateness!

Oh oh oh! Just reminded me of this awesome animation!.....................Ten minutes of searching through my history later.........

"Waiting" - My Robot Friend (feat. Jay Kauffman) from MakeMakeStudio on Vimeo.

Hello England. Hello Blog.

Post Marrakesh, a seven fantastic days, and I'm still a little squiffy from spending our last morning with my head in the toilet. Thank-you Djemaa El Fna food stalls and your irresistible calamari. Totally worth it.

So, to business...ish...On the 22nd June, Rosie and I made a convenient trip to Manchester City Art Gallery and had a rather pleasant stroll around some of the more familiar exhibitions, keeping our eyes out for something colourful, not too busy but full, involving nature and with a weird twist. We had also decided with Vicky that we wouldn't choose a contemporary image, thus we landed upon 'Eve Tempted' by John Spencer Stanhope, a second-wave Pre-Raphaelite. Rosie was particularly enthusiastic about the possibilities that this painting has presented and I think it shall be interesting to play with. I would like to point out that while I do bang on about the Pre-Raphaelites, I did not start out with the intention of looking at a Pre-Raphaelite related painting at all!

John Spencer Stanhope - Eve Tempted, 1887

I'm looking forward to getting stuck into a sketchbook tomorrow, though I think I'll address the group element of this project tentatively. This is after all still my summer and I don't fancy being made to stress out unnecessarily.

I may not have ventured down to London, but on Saturday Jed and I visited the MuseƩ de Marrakech and Ali Ben Youssef Medersa (a Quranic school founded in the 14th Century), both of which satisfied my Moorish interests; while I couldn't take pictures of the exhibitions there, I did take plenty of the amazing surroundings (which were the attraction anyway).

Over and Out.
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