Welcome to the blog of Spike Dennis; an artist and sometime curator. Trained in London Spike has exhibited widely, from London to Los Angeles, and has delivered projects from Cardiff to Stockholm, for organisations including the Illustration Research network and Cardiff Design Festival amongst Others.
The show will be performed in the tradition of the classic Punch & Judy performances of old. The various episodes of the show will provoke shocked laughter and will be dominated by the anarchic clowning of Mr. Punch.
Milkwood Gallery will be open from 6.00pm on Saturday the 2 March 2013 with the Punch & Judy show and a Jabberwocky shadow puppet show being performed at approximately 7.00pm.
I’m a little late blogging this animated embroidery as it was uploaded for Valentines day last week. This video was put together by Etsy and features textile art by Megan Whitmarsh, music by Becky Stark & Peter Glantz and animation by Matthew Salata.
I like the idea of animating embroidery. This approach id different to that of Aubrey Longley-Cook who greated animated gifs from a series of prgressive embroideries.
It’s something I’m keen to have a go at myself, particularly with my unicorn embroideries. Unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day at the moment though.
A Walk in the Secret Garden are a pair of machine and hand embroidered shoes created by textile artist Nell Burns of Nell’s Embroidery.
These shoes, inspired by the book ‘The Secret Garden’ really are exquisite. They have been created through a process of freestyle machine embroidery and hand embellishment. You can see some of the detailing on Nell’s Flickr photo stream here. The surface of the shoes have been painted with thread incorporating grasses, flowers, and little squirrel amongst other things in the detailing.
I was particularly delighted to stumble across this work inspired by the children’s book as I have recently been working on an embroidery inspired by the Russian folk tale ‘Baba Yaga’ which I hope to be able to unveil next week. It’s nice to see that other stitch artists are finding inspiration in old literature too.
This star sailor sampler is a a little test piece that I worked on with fairy tale illustrator Layla Holzer with a view to undertaking some collaborative work. The piece is inspired by a fairy tale that Layla wrote.
Layla has painted the scene out in gouache on linen. I’ve then embellished the painting with embroidered elements such as the moon and stars as well as the text.
Although it needs a little refinement I think we’re both happy with the outcome of this test piece.