Emilythepemily is AN INDEPENDENT BRITISH ILLUSTRATION LABEL SELLING HAND PRINTED T-SHIRTS AND ACCESSORIES INSPIRED BY ROCK N ROLL, TATTOO AND TEA. This is a Blog by Illustrator Emily Boyd

15 Mar 2009

INSPIRATION STATION- FOLK ART









Whilst doing my ceramics and looking at Mehndi I have also been looking at the ultimate crafts for my project. Ancient and traditional pictures and patterns used to decorate a plethora of things. I'm paying particular attention to Mexican, European and American folk art.

Last summer i visited the American Folk Art Museum in New York which was being refurbished at the time (as was the Guggenheim!) but the shop was excellent and in London I always visit and buy stuff from a shop down Columbia road (just opposite Ryan town) called Milagros which is just the most fantastic shop in the whole world. I love the colourful a4 board paintings all over the walls. Speaking to the shop keeper they are drawn by a father Lucas Lorenzo and his two sons Jesus and Aurelliano. Each board cost approx £18 and the shop always has something different inside each time I go.



I love what people call 'folk art' but i don't consider it 'folk' at all. I don't consider it naive or primitive but quite the opposite.

these contemporary illustrators remind me of folk artists...



Ward Kuypers, Chris Silas Neal, Martin Haake, Laura Carlin

and my very favorite Cornelia O'donovan

12 Mar 2009

INSPIRATION STATION- FOLK ART


Ruby Williams

Ruby Williams

Ruby Williams

Ruby Williams

Maud lewis

Maud lewis

Maud lewis

Maud lewis

Maud lewis

Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Jimmy lee Sudduth

Jimmy lee Sudduth


Gurtrude Morgan

Gurtrude Morgan

Gurtrude Morgan

Clemantine Hunter

Clemantine Hunter

Clemantine Hunter

Barbara Steele

Barbara Steele

Justus Dalee

Justus Dalee

Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses

Dora Keresztes

Dora Keresztes

CERAMIC DECAL- UPDATE

The decals finally came back (1 month and 1 week later-not heraldic's fault at all mind you) and i spent 3/4 of Friday placing them very carefully onto my mugs.

Its not hard but its really bloody frustrating trying not to rip the delicate little things. You also have to squeeze all the air bubbles out with your finger, but every time I did this the decals slid out of position.

How very, very annoying!

Also whats very, very annoying is I think my camera has been stolen so now I have no photographs to show my process! - maybe a good excuse to get a better camera though...

always look on the bright side of life..da da da da da da da da da da


see skinny laminx for decal proccess

11 Mar 2009

CERAMIC DECALS

So I brought a selection of mugs from Ikea. I was thinking about muted colours, chunky, handle-less design and no curves. Price also came into it and the little brown one was only 19p!!
Then i fired them at uni to make sure they where suitable for re-fireing, which they were, this took 2 weeks would you believe! its a bugger only being in one day a week.





I brought some layout paper and started to measure and draw around all of the mugs to get the exact measurements of the (ever so slight) curves on the mugs.. this was not fun.

I thought am i being a little too presice here?? It was rather difficult trying to measure mugs with slippery glazes. I must have printed out images about 20 times and each time the images would fit around the mug, so i'd re-measure, re-print and then re-try over and over again...aaarrggghhh.





I managed to hand 2 A3 designs in (at a cost of £9.50 a sheet from HERALDIC POTTERY)

Still waiting for the decals to come back but when they do I shall put them on the mugs and fire them like they've never been fired before! I really am so excited by this!