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Goyas black paintings are a great inspiration, I've loved them for many years, but I'm just recently noticing the influence seeping into developing ideas. Separately to the interest in those paintings, my eye always seems to be drawn to odd, off beat things; dried up seed pods, a decaying puffer fish found on the beach, bad taxidermy in a crumbly old museum, abandoned buildings, overgrown clustered plant life... in documenting these things, either drawing or photographing, the scale and context are removed when revisited and a small found creature, suddenly appears other worldly, unidentifiable and monstrous. I find the area of perceived beauty of interest, while I want to explore and collate imagery that I find of interest.. through that process, I'm interested in exploring how seemingly less important and less desirable objects, items, characters etc, are represented, adopting a new status and forming an altered hierarchy.  These are drawings I'm working into from a collection going back about 6 years now I think. Compiled from life and photographs over a period of traveling, I've been picking in and out of this material for a good while now, but am attempting to collate a chunk of this to form an exhibition, sometime this year.  Like many Artists/designers, there is a desire to hold work back until one or more final solutions are arrived at and I've almost always been working towards producing products within my own practice. So this is new direction in terms of the way I go about developing work, although, its very much a return to the way I had always wanted to work during art school 'training', (whatever the hell that was) so am interested to see what direction this takes things.  

Goyas black paintings are a great inspiration, I've loved them for many years, but I'm just recently noticing the influence seeping into developing ideas. Separately to the interest in those paintings, my eye always seems to be drawn to odd, off beat things; dried up seed pods, a decaying puffer fish found on the beach, bad taxidermy in a crumbly old museum, abandoned buildings, overgrown clustered plant life... in documenting these things, either drawing or photographing, the scale and context are removed when revisited and a small found creature, suddenly appears other worldly, unidentifiable and monstrous.

I find the area of perceived beauty of interest, while I want to explore and collate imagery that I find of interest.. through that process, I'm interested in exploring how seemingly less important and less desirable objects, items, characters etc, are represented, adopting a new status and forming an altered hierarchy. 

These are drawings I'm working into from a collection going back about 6 years now I think. Compiled from life and photographs over a period of traveling, I've been picking in and out of this material for a good while now, but am attempting to collate a chunk of this to form an exhibition, sometime this year. 

Like many Artists/designers, there is a desire to hold work back until one or more final solutions are arrived at and I've almost always been working towards producing products within my own practice. So this is new direction in terms of the way I go about developing work, although, its very much a return to the way I had always wanted to work during art school 'training', (whatever the hell that was) so am interested to see what direction this takes things.  

Treasure hunting down the Barras

Had a lovely trip down the Barras yesterday, I really love everything about it and could spend hours and hours looking over things and could buy thing after thing also. If you've not heard of the Barras before, its pretty much a Glasgow institution and should be visited if you get the chance. Its a street and indoor market to the east of the city centre, just off of the Gallowgate, and has been there since the 1920's/30's from what I can gather. My partner Jon treated me to an amazing 60's Laura Ashley dress, that was the only purchase.. though I won't be able to wear it for another 2 months, as I'm still growing a baby.. so raised a few eyebrows trying to squeeze it on in front of a stream of market goers.

Here are a few bits and bobs I spotted.. 

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Objects of interest

Museum collections, found objects, Mark Dion... these are all of great interest and have been since even before my art school days begun in 1999. I'm beginning to draw and catalogue objects from my own personal collection of weird and not so weird objects, most of which being of plant, animal or insect in origin. These will form part of a new collection of Interior accessories, Prints and homeware products a little further down the line. 

Here are a few snaps of objects, plus a working drawing...


Creation in the making

Rather substantial time-lapses between posting has become a thing of the norm of the past year, though that will change! I have for the past year, been working as a Textile Artist for Outlander, the tv series, as hinted at in my last post, which I'm embarrassed to realise was last year!! In addition to being completely absorbed with that particular role, my partner and I are expecting a baby! So that too has been a bit of a distraction, but a very very good one.

So, enough of the excuses eh?! On with the work... I have posted a shot here of a working design I'm inking up, which is to be screen printed. This drawing, I started believe it or not, over two years ago and it has been created from photographic research compiled during a trip to South America almost 4 years ago. I start usually by making pencil drawings of various elements I'm interested in using, like palm trees, a boat, a crumbled building, seed pods etc etc.. then I'll produce a new sketch where I'll play with pulling these elements together, to form a narrative of sorts. Each of the elements in the piece were all photographed in separate places.. the building for example I photographed in Rio and the boat and palm trees were in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. The composition of these elements is entirely imagined.. I'm interested in creating new worlds and narratives from my collective experiences.

The image I've included shows me forming a monochrome version of the pencil drawing underneath, The black line is drawn onto drafting film laid over the original drawing. The pencil drawing is so completely different, its made up in tones, shades and smudges whereas, to screen print, I need to clean it all up and refine it. I'm a big fan of 18th century etched fabrics, which have that monochrome scratchy quality, so thats what I'm going for I guess.

More of this to come, just you wait!

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I seem to have fallen through time...

I'm not the most consistent with my updates, but after a good few months thought one was indeed due...

There is a good reason for the lapse in time... I have had the great fortune of becoming involved with, probably the most exciting project I have worked on to date! Really. This project is a full time commitment, meaning developments here will be slowed down a little, but don't go anywhere! Lovely products will be working their way to you, this side of Christmas for sure!

While I can't go into details of the work I'm doing at this stage, I can at least reveal I am creating Textile Designs for the costume department of a new TV series, taking the form of a historical drama, called 'Outlander'  and is currently showing in the US on the 'Starz' cable channel. The series has achieved amazing reviews and will I imagine, make its magical way to UK screens at some point. Until then, heres a little trailer... (did I mention how excited I am to be working on this?!)

Who is this who is coming...

M.R James has long been a hero of mine, with 'A warning to the curious' and 'Whistle and I'll come to you' being two of my favourite stories.. which I discovered through the 1968 and 1972 bbc adaptations.. when they replayed of course, probably around 1990 I think when I would have been around 9 years old. The stories are brilliant, but Jonathan Millers adaptation of Whistle and I'll come to you, is outstanding... you just need a little patience for Michael Hordens stuffy fussiness!  Above is an illustration by James McBride, who was an illustrator for James' stories and also a close friend of James. I found out about McBride through a documentary about James, presented by Mark Gatis (am also a big league of gentleman fan') https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FUQzd-7dn4

M.R James has long been a hero of mine, with 'A warning to the curious' and 'Whistle and I'll come to you' being two of my favourite stories.. which I discovered through the 1968 and 1972 bbc adaptations.. when they replayed of course, probably around 1990 I think when I would have been around 9 years old. The stories are brilliant, but Jonathan Millers adaptation of Whistle and I'll come to you, is outstanding... you just need a little patience for Michael Hordens stuffy fussiness! 

Above is an illustration by James McBride, who was an illustrator for James' stories and also a close friend of James. I found out about McBride through a documentary about James, presented by Mark Gatis (am also a big league of gentleman fan')

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FUQzd-7dn4

First things first...

Like most creative folk trying to manage a business, I've struggled to decide which style of website and collection of social media devices to use... which work for me and which are superfluous or just too annoying. Its a personal thing for sure, but we are hugely encouraged and persuaded to connect into this tangled network, despite our preferences.

This is the first time I have used a blog integrated into my website, while I have set up a few blogs in the past, this I'm hoping will help keep things more connected and a little simpler!

My 'Gallogly odds and sodds' account is still active, though only as a sort of archive. Heres a link: http://galloglyoddsandsods.blogspot.co.uk/