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Kay Nielsen - was said to be “the only living artist who can draw a troll”

Kay Nielsen - was said to be “the only living artist who can draw a troll”

Kay Nielsen  1886 - 1957 A extremely new and exciting master of fairytale illustration I have just discovered. I usually recycle all my old pin ups I loved growing up or who my art teacher at school showed me. Prepping for a meeting I stumbled down an internet rabbit hole and found Kay Nielsen. I almost felt embarrassed that I had never seen his work before. His style couldn’t be more up my street if he tried. I instantly melt for anything to do with fairy tales, folklore and trolls (not sure what that says about me). Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1886 into a...

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Sunday Times Home on Working From Home

Sunday Times Home on Working From Home

What you were making and where you were working during lockdown -  a studio? at home? -  and whether you used the time to develop anything new?    We created a semi wework / shared studio space at home. It was great to have lots of different create minds flying around the house. My older sister who is a contemporary artist and my brother who is an aspiring screenwriter and works in film production. Luckily for me being an illustrator, the scale I work to is usually around A3, so moving my work space to home was pretty painless.    The change...

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Aubrey Beardsley A Sickly, Strange Man

Aubrey Beardsley A Sickly, Strange Man

Aubrey Beardsley 1872 - 1898   A sickly, strange man with a child like fixation of sex, he produced illustrations that where darkly beautiful, erotic and grotesque. But there is an elegance and grace to them, its almost an illusion. So soft and graceful but when you look closer there are flowers shaped like penises and seductive temptress women looking villainous and sinful.    Beardsley worked with Oscar Wilde illustrating Salome, the twenty pieces of work he did for Wilde kick started Beardsley’s career and his name spread through London like wild fire. He was considered the high societies artist. Creating...

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The Maverick Botanist

The Maverick Botanist

The Maverick Botanist   Nicolas Culpepper 1616-1654   He grew up in the English countryside, his grandfather was the village priest and believed that if you fell ill it was gods punishment. This notion was widely believed.   Culpepper had different ideas, he spent his days learning about nature, making remedies and how they work medically.   Nicolas Culpepper lived in a tumultuous time, filled with famine and plagues. London had in total 30 doctors, only the rich had access for medical care.   Culpepper ran underground pharmacies where he created remedies for the poor and the sick. His aim...

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Autumn Dinner Party Sunday Telegraph Interview

Autumn Dinner Party Sunday Telegraph Interview

Q&A – how do you decorate your table for an autumn party? Placemats/ cutlery/ flowers/ name cards all that kind of stuff, or maybe she likes to be more low key....   I think the decoration and presentation you choose should be a reflection on the way you host. I’ve always been more on the casual side and never wanted to make things to over the top. I think when things are little rough around the edges this can put your guests at ease and feel more at home.   I definitely don’t suffer from seasonal affective disorder. I love...

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Mural Painting in the Time of Corona

Mural Painting in the Time of Corona

I have been saying for a while now I want to paint a mural.. It was one one those things I would just put off and off (a bit like this e-journal). In light of this current global lockdown I really have no excuse. So without further ado…here is the stage by stage coverage of my mural. A very brave boyfriend let me use his bedroom wall. Inspired by De Gourney and the with the beautiful Katie Scott book “Botanicum” book open on next to me I started painting not really knowing what the outcome would be!      ...

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