21 Mar 2020

PAINTING WITH SCISSORS | MATISSE


Self-Isolation: Day 1

I realised I have rather neglected my blog recently. Normally on a Saturday I would be out and about, but as we are staying indoors more, we will all have more time to think, and reflect on things. Sometimes there really isn't anything we can do when we find ourselves in situations beyond our control - But what's important is how we respond to the enforced situation.

I have recently been researching paintings of ladies by Henri Matisse for a project I am doing. I started thinking last night about Matisse and how he found himself faced with an enforced change, in his case it was due to ill health, however he ended up having to alter what he did and ended up creating a whole new art-form.

When Matisse became bed-ridden due to cancer and failing eyesight in his latter years, he could no longer paint, so he started to find ways that he could continue to create art. He moved away from oil paintings and started using paper and scissors. His new medium was merely derived out of the situation he had found himself in. Standing for hours and working on detailed oil paintings with a fine brush had become difficult, but he found that using gouache painted sheets of paper and a pair of large scissors was achievable. This gave him to freedom to create compositions with his cut-out papers, and he could achieve all this from his bed. With the help of assistants who would pin the artwork to the walls, he then had the freedom to move and rearrange the cut-outs to create different compositions. 

Through his 60s and into his mid 80's Matisse created hundreds and hundreds of big, bold paper cut-outs from his bed and his wheel chair. He called it 'Painting with Scissors.' As his eyesight got worse the paper-cuts got larger, until he was creating paper cut-out installations that would fill whole rooms. Matisse was known to have said of his newfound medium: If he couldn't get out into the world anymore, he would re-create that world in art.

While we all find ourselves indoors more, maybe we could take a leaf out Matisse's book and see if we can turn a bad situation into a more pleasant one. We could all fill our homes with art, colour, creativity, music, anything that brings us joy and happiness. If we have to be in this situation, we may as well make the most of it and experiment, play, create, etc.

As Matisse said:  "There are always flowers for those who want to see them".

MATISSE'S PAINTINGS











FROM HIS BED AND WHEELCHAIR










SHORT MOVIE OF MATISSE AT WORK




MATISSE'S CUT-OUTS

















Cut-Outs as art installation
















Matisse's Jazz Cut-outs








To read more about Matisse: his life and his work, Click here
This is just a mere snippet of his work

19 Aug 2019

FAB DECO | DESIGN


FAB DECO |  Phone case design in two colours. New samples just in.
I have recently introduced a new hard case with an TPU inner liner to make it more durable and easy to slip on. 
It is also 100% recyclable material and made in the UK.



A few other products in the Fab Deco Range...








Original Idea
The original design, I created in 2008 using hand cut tissue papers on black board. I will often start with papers. Sometimes I will keep the design in papers, as a medium, other times I will either illustrate or create digitally. With the above phone cover designs, I choose digital. Colours for both designs are the same, apart from the Red and blue switch. 

To view other phone designs to date, please see here: