I’ve been spending the last two days cutting out flowers for a private commission. It’s going to be very colourful!
Posts Tagged ‘elphicks’
I will be showing this collage at the East London Design Show, starting this Thursday. It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to show my own work, for the past seven years my attention had been focused on the retail space on Columbia Road. However, after a couple of months at the new studio I am getting into my creative flow and enjoying the results. I’m loving the simplicity of the geometry and the subtle colours and tones that I find in the vintage magazines.
So, I was a little shocked to see that my last blog post was nearly a whole year ago! I’m not sure if anyone visits here anymore but fingers crossed this might reach someone, and maybe inspire.
A lot has changed this past year. Elphick’s is no longer a retail space on Columbia Road but we still have the online shop, where you can buy affordable prints by some of your favourite artists.
We are now located in Hackney Wick, in the Bridget Riley Studios on Dace Road. I’m already loving it on ‘Fish Island’ and it’s great to be surrounded by so many creative people.
The new studio space, and not having a retail space is giving me the time and inspiration to create my own work again, which I am extremely excited about. I’ve only been here a few days and I’ve already made three postcards which are up for auction to raise money for the Hepatitis C Trust.
I will post more new work as it happens. Have a great day.
Exercise from Josef Albers preliminary course 1929 – 30.
Collage of patterned wallpaper.
One of my favourite exhibitions this year has to be Bauhaus: Art as Life, held at the Barbican from May to August. A piece that really caught my eye was by Monica Bella Ullman-Broner. The wallpaper collage (pictured above) was an exercise from Josef Albers’ preliminary course and was created between 1929 – 1930. I loved the simplicity of the idea and how effective it was, it also appealed to my love of pattern. Inspired and armed with compass and scalpel I set about creating a series of floral collages based on the same exercise. ‘Bauhaus Bouquet’ is one such collage in the series and the first to be released as a limited edition print. The print is £80, is an edition of 30 and measures 27cm x 19.5cm. Available from this weekend at Columbia Road. It will also be available online over the next couple of days.
In the Summer I found three 1970’s interior magazines at Spitalfields Antique Market. There’s something about the colours, patterns and even the smell of the magazines that I find inspiring. I started on a series of collages using the pages for backgrounds, shapes and floral arrangements with a view to show them at Columbia Road.
Somehow things got in the way (school holidays), in the main, so I never quite produced as many as I’d hoped. However, rather than wait until I have a larger body of work, I’ve decided to show them now. I took these two to the framers today and I am expecting them back next week. They may also be available as limited edition prints so keep an eye out on the shop www.elphicksshop.com
Four new prints by Ingela P Arrhenius arrived at Columbia Road this week. If you can’t make it to the shop, they are available here.
We have two new, rather sweet posters available by the French illustrator Audrey Jeanne. Both are available here at a very affordable £18.