Monday, February 17, 2014

Cuckoo Clocks

Here's a few bits I've been working on lately.
 First some drawings of cuckoo clocks (with an increasingly insane amount of details):

Then some vectored versions:

Then some patterns grew out of those:

and then, before you know it, there's goats:

Last week was a lot of fun. Looking forward to this week!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Illustration Friday: Underwater

The Illustration Friday prompt for this week is "Underwater" which is great as I've been meaning to create a  mermaid image for a couple of weeks. Ever since some friends and I spent an afternoon with our kids in an ornamental garden.

Three mums and our assorted children met up at Samares Manor to let the kids blow off some steam after school. They went crazy running through a maze made of willow, shouted as they climbed giant pine trees, and thought they were hilarious for hiding from us down 'Jungle Paths'. As the kids started to calm down, we arrived at the Koi Carp pond and sat down to catch our breath. 

The surface of the pond was almost completely covered with a beautiful green algae and the youngest child in our group, quite understandably, mistook the green surface for grass and disappeared underwater. The pond was very shallow and she was able to regain her footing very quickly and her mum had lightening quick reactions, pulling the child from the water almost immediately. From standing on the pond surface to being back on dry land was only a matter of seconds.

All of us mums gathered round, producing enough bits of spare clothing for the little girl to be able to able to change out of her wet clothes. As her own mother hugged her and comforted her, all of us mums spoke in cheery, lighthearted voices about what a mermaid she was and hadn't that been a surprise. Then we all went home to our various houses, fed and bathed our children and tucked them up safely in their beds. Then every one of us mums quietly, by ourselves, fell to pieces over all the might-have-beens of the afternoon.

But none of the might-have-beens did happen, the little mermaid is fine. So deep breath, and on to another day of parenting.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Tattoo influenced work in Jèrriais

A few months back I had the opportunity to show some work in a local National Trust building, check out how beautiful the building is:

It's proper name is Le Don Hilton, but is known locally as "The White House".  It's a pretty special building simply because everyone has a real affection for it. It doesn't have a massively glamorous history, but it is such a part of our landscape and is a distinctive marker on a long stretch of beach, it's not unusual to say "meet you at St Ouens, near The White House", in the same way you might say "meet you by the old tree," it's just a marker that's always been there, for generations.

The building is hardly ever open to the public, so it was extra special to be allowed to show work inside it. I was one of a group of three, including my lovely friends Lisa Le Brocq and Beverley Speck.

"Homeward Bound" by Nanette Regan

The building has been used as a navigational aid by sailors for hundreds of years. Today it is one of the first distinctive glimpses of home that you can see from a plane as you fly into the island's airport. So I created three large prints, informed by traditional maritime tattoo imagery and incorporating phrases in Jèrriais, the indigenous language of the island.

"Hold Fast" by Nanette Regan

Visible from The White House is Corbiere Lighthouse, another local landmark. Once a boat passes the lighthouse the sea suddenly calms, which gave rise to an expression that translates as "We've passed Corbiere" meaning the most difficult times are behind you. I love this phrase, so bound up in local landscape and the maritime history of the island.

"We've passed Corbiere, the worst is over" by Nanette Regan

The show lasted three days and had a great reaction, I've never seen so many people flow through such a small space before! So many people stopped to tell us their own stories of the White House and their memories of spending time on the beach in the shadow of this lovely building. Thanks so much for the opportunity National Trust!