I have been well into 18th century design and Textiles more specifically since I was around 18/19 I think. I'm now almost 35! and am as allured as ever to this period. So with series two of Outlander about to air and with lots of my hand painting and printing to be seen on screen, I thought I'd release a Colouring In treat, nodding to mid 18th C Textile designer Anna Maria Garthwaite. A little 'colour me in' design freebee will also be released shortly, so get your colouring pencils in order!
I am releasing an A3 high grade (250gsm) Art print, for the serious Colourer Inner?! (grammatically very wrong, but right somehow?) and I'm releasing a smaller A4 download, for those who want to practise first!
Order your prints here! http://www.helengallogly.com/colouring-in/
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..
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...
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!
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?!)
Beautiful palm trees on the Isle of Eigg... Planning to draw these and some of the other things I photographed there. Its definitely to be revisited. Would make an amazing spot for a residency...Read More
Fairy style forest somewhere around Spean Bridge... I was there, but can't remember where we were exactlyRead More
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/