Faded Stars – 2 June 2018
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Faded star number 1 – Anouk Aimee
I’ve been working on my Faded Stars series for about 4 years now, honing and changing my techniques as I chose new ‘muses’
The idea of “Faded Stars” came from my love of graffiti art and the memory of trying to steal concert posters glued to walls in my misguided youth.
I love vintage images of glamorous actresses from the golden age of Hollywood – my first ‘muses’ were Louis Fuller with her serpentine dance and Louise Brooks with her trademark black bob and huge eyes.
I prefer to photograph my own images directly from documentaries on sky arts and then editing them, changing levels and printing before transferring to mdf board – I work on A3 as it lends to the final image rather than going larger. I prepare the background and collage relevant photographs or maps as a base to transfer. Once the images are positioned I sit for ages and decide how I want them to look – I am currently using blocks of colour – red, yellow and blue (straight from the acrylic tube – no mixing!) then a light sanding and a matt varnish and they’re ready.
Luckily the gallery does not want the images framed – apparently in France they like to choose their own frames – how civilised! I would usually use unbleached wood floating frames. I’m going to post a photo a day for the next 30 days – please like and share if you like my work
Once upon a time there was a little Art Fairy, she had bright coloured hair and was more stubborn than anything in the whole world. One perfectly procrastinating day the little Art Fairy was flitting from thing to thing ” I wish, I really just wish that that I could have an art epiphany” she squeaked as she went from acrylic paint to lino-cuts to photography, dipping her wing in some resin and whilst feverishly sharpening her pencils and drinking another vodka….
Her studio started to shake and spin, all her art equipment went flying off in all directions and as if answering her wishes, with a loud muttering of “nim,nim,nim” the Focus Wizard appeared.
“Wow” exclaimed the little Art Fairy, “Id heard the rumours but I never thought you’d help me”
“Ahhhh little Art Fairy” said the Focus Wizard in his deep, hypnotic voice, “the universe has been hinting at your lack of focus for years and years and now its time for me to help you with the bleeding obvious. ”
The Focus Wizard made the little Art Fairy put away all her random art stuff, her engraving tool; her oil paints; her epoxy resin; her embroidery thread even her collection of blank Russian dolls. She was only allowed to keep her sketchbook, acrylic paint, camera and varnish.
“Little Art Fairy, you love vintage filmography and fabulous actresses – especially from the 1920’s to 60’s and once upon a time you started a series you’d called ‘Faded Stars’ – now is the time to focus cos these pictures are brilliant”
“Blimey” said the little Art Fairy as she put down her vodka “so what you’re saying is, if I just work on the things that interest and make me happy then I’ll have a strong body of work?”
“Yeah” said the Focus Wizard, “whatever, now just bloody get on with it….”
Well me old sea shanties, Ive been having a lovely couple of months working on a new collection for an exhibition at Studio FlamingosaurusRex (the purple gallery at 22 Bruntsfield Place – opposite the garage and up a bit).
Even with directions as good as mine you may be better off consulting a map – and, conveniently enough, thats exactly what I’ve been working on.
I have plundered 16 ordinance survey maps of Edinburgh in the 1940’s and left my pirate stamp ….
much more fun than satnav….
Come and see my unframed pirate maps and original framed lino cuts – opening night 18 November 2016, 6pm-beer runs out.
Exhibition runs till 1 December, come on the opening night dressed as a pirate and get £10 off a print – I also have pirate badges for sale as its Children in Need and all money raised will go to a good cause.
What are they pirate maps??? They just d’aaaaaaar
Studio Flamingosaurus Rex, 22 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HN
(in partnership with Edinburgh Beer Factory – shiver me timbers….)
I love going to gigs and I love taking photos so logically, for my next collection I plan to do a series of pictures based around the images I took at various concerts (some were taken pre mobile phones, when you had to smuggle a camera in hidden in your knickers)
I also found a beaten up, doodled on and “punk as” copy of 100 Nights at the Roxy on Ebay, and reproduced the original Roxy advertising posters and put them on A2 perspex.
So with out further ado – heres my original Adam Ant poster – from the teenage bedroom wall years (mixed media on box board A4 – yacht varnished £150 via paypal – email firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
These are one off pictures – so once its gone its gone xx
Cherry Vanilla A2 perspex
Heartbrakers A2 perspex
Iggy Pop in Amsterdam 2016 (mixed media on box board A4 – yacht varnished £150 via paypal – email email@example.com for details)
Madonna’s g-string Edinburgh 2012 (mixed media on box board A4 – yacht varnished £150 via paypal – email firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
Nick Cave Munich 2013 (mixed media on box board A4 – yacht varnished £150 via paypal – email email@example.com for details)
Siouxsie and the Banshees Edinburgh Playhouse 1982 (mixed media on box board A4 – yacht varnished £150 via paypal – email firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Slits A2 perspex
Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible Edinburgh 2014 (mixed media on box board A4 – yacht varnished £150 via paypal – email email@example.com for details)
Wayne County A2 perspex
Jordan (mixed media on box board A4 – yacht varnished £250 via paypal – email firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
What do you think ………. ?
Coming soon, PIL with McGeoch, Ruts DC, more Damned, Siouxsie and Adam Ant