Tuesday, 11 July 2017

All Eyes On James Mullane

James Mullane is a multi media artist currently based in Denver, Colorado. In 2016 he acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (specialising in drawing) from the Metropolitan University of Denver, having previously studied Interior Design at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado.

Since 2013, James has seen his work featured in over 20 exhibitions in several galleries. This is a truly astonishing accomplishment for such a young artist.

In James' own words his work "focuses on queer issues, queer acceptance, gender identity, intersectionalities, hybridity and performance acts that create gender" and "explores how the intersecting labels create an individual's unique life experience."

James works in a myriad of media techniques to create his astounding work. These range from xylene transfers, collage, encaustic wax, watercolour and chalk pastels. The combination of medias creates wonderfully vibrant and unique finished pieces.

On a personal level, what I am particularly drawn to in James’ work is that he has such an identifiable style. Once you’ve seen one of his works I think you’d be able to recognise another. That is not to say that his work is formulaic. Far from it. His identifiable style is because of the continuity of subject matter, as well as vibrancy and originality of his work as a whole.

For more information on James please visit his website: https://jamesmmullane.myportfolio.com/

Below are some examples of James' wonderful work. They are titled Fluid, eFEMminate, Bound, TRANSformation, HEel and MANicure respectively.  I hope you love James' amazing work as much as I do!









Monday, 12 June 2017

And Now For Something Completely Different!

Some of you will be unfamilir with the amazing Sharon Tate. She was an American film and TV star and fashion icon in the late 60s. The star of such cult classics as Eye Of The Devil (1966), Valley Of The Dolls (1967) and The Wrecking Crew (1968), by August 1969 Sharon was happily married to film director Roman Polanski and heavily pregnant with their first child. Tragically, just 9 days before her due date, Sharon fell victim to demented followers of psychopath Charles Manson. The beautiful and poignant photographs of Sharon below are believed to be the last ones taken of her, maybe even in the days before her death. Two of those monsters are coming up for parole: Patricia Krenwinkel on June 22nd and Leslie Van Houten on September 6th. Anyone can write to oppose their parole. I have done it on many occasions over the years. You can post parole objection letters to; Board of Parole Hearings, Post Office Box 4036, Sacramento, CA, 95814-4036 or email them to tatefamilylegacy@gmail.com. Please ensure that you quote their prisoner references. Patricia Krenwinkel's is CDC# W08314 and Leslie Van Houten's is CDC# W13378. Thank you xx


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Bespoke Textile Baby Creations






My nephew and his partner are currently awaiting the birth of their second baby and I have been making a few hand made gifts. I did the same when they were expecting their first child. It's an absolute joy to make gifts that will hopefully remain in their family for years to come and may be played with by another children they may have in the future.

All these cute litte creations were made from designs in Jane Bull's wonderful book 'Crafty Creations.' One of my closest friends bought it for a mutual friend at Christmas. I loved it the second I saw it and had to buy a copy for myself. It's a fantastic book and perfect for crafting beginners. I highly recommend it.

So here are my take on some of the makes in Jane's wonderful book; Georgeanna the Giraffe, Mollie the Octopus, Ollie the Octopus and Wilbur the Pig. I'm currently making Wilbur a girlfriend who will be named Charlotte (after characters in my favourite children's book Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.) Who knows they might even get a baby of their own!

I hope you like them. As always feedback is welcome.

So until next time,

Cheers Then!

Friday, 28 April 2017

My Latest Bespoke Textile Creation




I've finally finished the completely hand made Elephant I've been making for one of my sisters. She's named Lyuba after the baby Woolly Mammoth discovered in 2007 in Russia. (Lyuba actually means 'Love' in Russian.) Every one of the 1842 beads was stitched on individually by hand. I'm surprised I didn't go blind in the process of stitching on so many tiny beads! It was a true labour of love but my sister is worth it. (Now I just just have to finish the bespoke creation I'm making for my other sister!)

As you can see, under one ear I have put my business label and under the other a little message to show it was a bespoke creation made specially for my sister.

I hope you like it. I intend to make several for sale, although probaby not so heavily beaded. So watch this space!

As always feedback would be welcomed and appreciated.

So until next time.

Cheers Then!

Monday, 17 April 2017

New Abstract Prints Available For Sale

This is a selection of abstracts prints I currently have for sale. They are inspired by the From Atoms To Patterns range of designs created for the 1951 Festival of Britain. They are available from A1 to A4. Anyone interested please email me at mc_squared_design@hotmail.co.uk for price information. More prints for sale can be found on my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bananadiva1

Cheers Then.







Thursday, 28 July 2016

New Surface Design Collection For Fashion

For a while now I have been working on fashion as well as interior surface designs. I try not to be swayed by what I see in fashion and interiors magazines and on the websites I follow but instead begin working with a simple motif or colour palette and work from there. I then work with the motif on a variety of scales. Once I have decided on which scale I feel the motif works best, I then begin trying it out in various fashion or interiors based settings. The designs below were conceived using this process. I was also keen to work on a cohesive collection of designs. It just so happened I felt these surface design worked better on dresses rather than scarves or other fashion based items. I hope you like them. As ever feedback is always appreciated. Until next time.

Cheers Then.









Saturday, 16 April 2016

Gary Bedard's wonderful illustration blog

Just discovered a great blog by chance. I happened to google Kirsty MacColl and one of the search results was Gary's blog. Once I started looking through his posts I became an instant fan. I really love the individuality of his wonderful quirky illustrations.

Check out his blog here. Hope you enjoy his work as much as I do!

http://garybedard.blogspot.co.uk/

Also check out his portfolio here:

 http://garybedard.brushd.com/