Firewords Issue 13

Very happy to share the cover artwork I created for the latest issue of Firewords Magazine around the theme of ‘Luck’.

This was a fun commission to work on with an open brief. The idea was to show scenes where it is unclear whether the characters are lucky or unlucky, with many things going on at once and lots of details to discover.

You can buy a copy of issue 13 from the Firewords magazine website.

Archival quality prints of the illustration can be purchased from my Etsy store.

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Revealing watermarks – a remote collaboration between Conservation and Imaging

In this remote collaboration, between members of the Conservation and Imaging teams at the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership, we developed tools which highlight and reveal watermarks found within a series of ship’s journals dating from 1605-1705, relating to East India Company’s voyages. Part of my role involved drawing a collection of 78 watermarks that vary in design and complexity. An article about this project can be read on the Archivoz: International Archives Magazine website.

Wicked Arts Assignments – Out Now!

I am so happy to have received my contributor copies of ‘Wicked Arts Assignments: Practising Creativity in Contemporary Arts Education’. Edited by Emiel Heijnen and Melissa Bremmer, the book features an assignment devised by Ramesh Kalkur and me for the Little Gestures art intervention studio course at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology way back in 2009 (images by Urmila Shastry).

The book is published by Valiz and can be purchased from their website or from Waterstones.

Filler Zine

I am excited to have my ‘All You Can Eat‘ series featured in issue 4 of Filler zine.

Filler is a curatorial project by Holly Eliza Temple, launched in 2018. It began as an independent food, arts and fashion zine with a focus on the lifestyle trends that surround us constantly, on social media, on the high street, in magazines and the news and in our own minds as consumers. Filler aims to encourage discourse around the way these attitudes affect our lifestyles and behaviour. 

Issue 4 features work from 32 contributors: Ellie Walton | Sutara Nitenson | Kathleen Day | Susan Plover | Emma Gibbins | Charmagne Coble | Abigail Swoboda | Matt Lee | Sophie Palk | Jenna Campbell | Ginnie-Line Darcq | Joshua Rush | Maria Florencia Perrella | Sevgi Tan | Shahar Tuchner | Charlotte Southall | Maria Orlando | Sayu Fujii | Hazel Soper | Bronte Cook | Jasmine Gibbs | Rachel Cleverly | Clare Foley | Luke Beech | Amrit Randhawa | Thomas Jon Walker | George Reynolds | Rachael Abbott | Esmee Portelli | Sian Conway | Julia Perrella

Purchase the zine from Holly’s Big Cartel shop or at Rare Mags.

Here Only – Smriti Mehra & Matt Lee

A lockdown photography collaboration with Smriti Mehra for the ‘Once Together‘ project, curated by Ina Kaur.

‘Forced to stay indoors in their one-bedroom apartment in London, this photo series explores the physical, virtual, mental and emotional confines of the strange instance created by the pandemic. Through the objects in their home the artists imply routine, repetition, anxiety, exhaustion, domesticity, technology, the inescapable political climate and the experience of time.’

The work of all the artists who contributed to the ‘Once Together’ project can be seen here. A curatorial note about this project can be read here.

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Hiii Illustration Awards 2019

IMG_4727I am delighted to have received a merit award in the non-commercial category at the Hiiibrand international illustration awards for my ‘All You Can Eat‘ series. These images were created last year for an exhibition in London with Hero of Switzerland illustration collective.

The competition was judged by Marc Burckhardt, Arianna Papini, Calef Brown, Tim Weiffenbach, Charles Hively and Anna GoodsonThere will be an exhibition of all the finalist’s work and a publication next year. The finalists can be seen here.

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Wicked Arts Assignments: Practising Creativity in Contemporary Arts

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A new book ‘Wicked Arts Assignments: Practising Creativity in Contemporary Arts Education’ will be published on the 31st August by Valiz. Edited by Emiel Heijnen and Melissa Bremmer, the book features an assignment devised by Ramesh Kalkur and me for the Little Gestures art intervention studio course at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology way back in 2009 (images by Urmila Shastry). I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

“Wicked Arts Assignments are bold, unusual, contrary, funny, poetical, inspiring, socially committed, or otherwise challenging. Everyone who teaches art knows them: the assignment that is seemingly simple but which challenges participants, students and pupils to the max. Many artists and arts teachers have that singular, personal, often-used assignment in which everything comes together: their artistic vision, their pedagogical approach and their love for certain techniques or methods. The almost hundred arts assignments collected here connect to the visual arts, performance, theatre, music and design, but more importantly: they encourage cross-disciplinarity. They reflect themes and ways of working in contemporary arts, offering opportunities to learn about ourselves, the arts and the world.

The first part of this book provides a theoretical view on arts assignments from historical, artistic and educational perspectives, complemented by interviews with experts in contemporary arts and education. The second part consists of the actual wicked arts assignments. These can be carried out in various contexts: from primary schools to higher education, from home to the (online) community, and from Bogotá to Istanbul. They are meant to spark the imagination of both teachers and students, contributing to new, topical educational and artistic practices.”

The book will be available to buy directly from Valis of Waterstones.

All You Can Eat – Cyanotypes

It’s already been a year since the All You Can eat exhibition with hero of switzerland in Walthamstow Village. Not much has happened since then, eh? Here are some cyanotype prints I made recently of the artworks from that show.

These limited edition food-themed prints are available to buy here.

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British Library Watermarks Project

The Watermarks Project is an ongoing collaboration between members of the Conservation and Imaging teams from the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership. In this project we have developed tools which highlight and reveal the watermarks found within a series of ship’s journals dating from 1605-1705, relating to the East India Company’s voyages. My role has involved drawing and digitising a collection of 78 watermarks that vary in design and complexity. Read about the process and techniques used to make these watermarks visible on the British Library’s Digital Scholarship blog.

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