Named after Nicolas-Jacques Conté, who invented them in the eighteenth century, Conté crayons are made in a range of traditional colours: white (made from chalk), sanguine (from iron oxide), sepia (from the ink of the cuttlefish) and bistre (from the soot of burnt beechwood). Terracotta, umber and black are also available, as are sets that provide a range of greys and browns.
Hope Gangloff is known for creating vibrant and truthful portraits of her friends as a way to share her view of modern American life. By capturing this generation of young adults in her illustrations and paintings, she documents this era’s struggle during these tumultuous economic times. Gangloff studied fine art at Cooper Union in New York. After leaving art school, Gangloff worked in a bronze foundry and made illustrations for publications such as the New York Times, the New Yorker, Spin Magazine, and Built by Wendy. Her work now hangs in galleries and museums around the world.
At the beginning of May in Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto was opened an excellent exhibition Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol. This major international exhibition offering a fascinating overview of 20th-century textile designs from some of the the world’s most renowned artists. Through pattern design and industrially manufactured textiles made for the mass market, artists found ways to make their work less elitist and more accessible to broader audiences. Before arrived in Toronto, the textiles were exhibited in London (UK), Tilburg (The Netherlands) and Lowell (USA).
Perhaps it is the less formal aspects of art education that have the most
profound long term implications for creativity, for much of Michala’s work is rooted in her childhood experiences of rural Northamptonshire, and above all in play. She recalls her childhood playing in the fields, woods and park, collecting raw material from the landscape, pulling shreds of wool from barbed wire fences, weaving with grass and twigs, building dens and climbing into the stacked logs of the felled elm trees that once lined the roads.
Dave Bain is a Bristol, UK-based illustrator, producing work for an eclectic range of commercial and independent clients. Working primarily in traditional mediums of paint and screen-printing, with an underlying emphasis on drawing, he has turned his hand to all manner of projects including shoe pattern design, children’s books, advertising, live drawing and large mural artwork.
Keira Rathbone, a British artist, is becoming known for her drawings made using old-style, mechanical typewriters. Apparently it is not a new thing in the world of art – artists have been doing this since the 1940’s. Keira considers her work performance art, so she creates in public dressed like she is belong to the same period as her typewriter. The final results are amazing. The process magically produces images that at first glance, look hand drawn.