Archive for December 21, 2008

Altered art book; page 9 Shifting sands

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2008 by echostains
p-9

p-9

I picked out the words to some of these pages a long time ago.  There must have been a plan at that stage, but if there was, it is well forgotten.  So, confronted with the words ‘A kind of reminder’ my mind was once again a blank canvas.  I waited patiently whilst a herd of  Wildebeest’s stampeded through it, and waited for the dust to settle.  It didn’t take long.  The words ‘A kind of reminder’ put me in mind of a memento or an epitaph or a calendar: crossing the days off to mark the passage of time: ever changing seasons marked by nature.

digitalis antique seed packet

digitalis antique seed packet

I decided to give nature a helping hand by ‘planting’ these antique seed packets.  Well, photocopies of  images of antique seed packages.  I like the old charm of these, the design and the old colours.  Some of these flowers and vegetables have faded into the past: they are now extinct.  I printed these images onto fawn coloured paper to age them further.

p-9-detail

p-9-detail

The words ‘pushed into sand’ also suggests planting or embedding.  It made me think of shifting sand: how the winds of change can disrupt and change life as we know it.  Constantly destroying and recreating, but forever changing.

page9-detail b

page9-detail b

 

The interesting thing about the seed packet designs is that each design is made up of tiny coloured dots, stippled into polished Limestone with a German ink called Coal Tar.  The technique is called Stone lithography.  It was very painstaking work as every dot of colour is down with a needle pointed pen: each colour on a seperate stone, then silk screen printed.  This is how it was done before 1920 and the advent of the camera.

stone-lithography-in-action

stone-lithography-in-action

Media used; Pearlised ink, felt tips, flower dome stickers, photocopied images

http://www.seedart.com/

http://www.howstuffworks.com/stone-lithography.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kubla Khan Killer Cocktail: Don’t try this at home

Posted in ART with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2008 by echostains
Nina Hamnett

Nina Hamnett

Today I came across a book I hadn’t seen in a while.  Funnily enough I was writing about the author in my post ‘Bohemians at heart? or an Ass in Bohemia?’  The author is Nina Hamnett, Queen of Bohemia: the title is ‘Laughing Torso’.  The book is a first edition 1932 and contains reminiscences of Hamnett’s Bohemian life in Paris and London, where she knew  Amedeo Modigliani, Roger Fry , Augustus John and  Walter Sickert among many others.

the-little-tea-party-sickert 1915 16

the-little-tea-party-sickert 1915 16

  Besides being a good read, it has  an interesting recipe scribbled in pencil in the margin of page  174  It is in the Chapter entitled ‘Back to Paris and celebrities’, where she talks about Magician Aleister Crowley inviting some friends back to his place to try out a new cocktail he has just invented.

 I would absolutely LOVE it if Hamnett had actually scribbled down this cocktail herself in this actual book (dictated by the Great Beast Crowley!)  Alas, there’s no way of knowing who the recipe scribbler is.

The Great Cocktail Shaker

The Great Cocktail Shaker

 By the way, the actual recipe of this cocktail is not listed in the book: this makes the pencil version all the more intriguing.  Incidentally Hamnett and Crowley once involved in a Law suit together  in later years – which Crowley lost.  Artist Hamnett was known for her wild ways and her drinking and was quite a character in Soho.  This woman posed for Henri Gaudier Brzeska and Sickert and the   titleof the her book ‘Laughing Torso’ refers to when she was Brzeska’s model.

torso-of-a-woman-1930-cast-henri-gaudier-brzeska
torso-of-a-woman-1930-cast-henri-gaudier-brzeska

 Kubla Khan a drink supposedly invented by Aleicester Crowley

1 part Gin

1 part Cavados

half tsp Creme de Menthe

20 drops laudanum  (a tincture of opium, formerly used as a drug)

Filter through ice

Sit back and er …enjoy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley

 

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/modigliani/

http://www.tate.org.uk/archivejourneys/bloomsburyhtml/bio_fry.htm

http://www.utopia-britannica.org.uk/pages/AJohn.htm