This is currently my favorite drawing. It is called Picnic, by Montreal based artist Ingrid Gerberick.
I have known Ingrid for a long time. She taught me how to make solvent transfer drawings, and we drew pictures and bound a whole lot of artist books together. I remember plenty of Scrabble games, cups of tea and rambling talks about art and life.
After a long while without any collaborative projects, I am happy to report that a new website is in the works for Ingrid’s drawings, books, textile/needlework and installation. I will be sure to add it to the projects section as soon as it goes live.
The table in my studio is a habitat for all things digital and handmade. Mac and drawing tablet alongside pencils and Letraset. This table is also home to two typewriters – a 1926 Underwood, and a 1940-ish Smith Corona. I will forever look at these two in a new way after today.
Meet Jeremy Mayer and his typewriter sculpture. Painstakingly crafted and absolutely beautiful to look at; I would love to see these pieces in person one day.
When I sat down to write this post, I had a thousand sentences waiting in my mind to spell out my thoughts on Jeremy’s work. Looking through his website again, I think I’m just going to let the work speak for itself: jeremymayer.com. It is stunning – take a moment to check it out.
These days it can be tough to make a distinction between where the drawing ends and the illustration begins… where the design ends and the art begins. My work tends to inhabit these places of intersection, spilling from one category into the next, and often into several.
There is a beautiful book in my library called Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing. The introduction spells out how drawing is still drawing, and different from illustration, a distinction that I find difficult to make in my own work, but is evident in this book and the work of others.
Vitamin D astounds me. There are pencil drawings that could be easily mistaken for black and white photographs, and page after page of contemporary artists exploring paper, thought and process. For a look at what is happening now in drawing, and a giant beautiful book to be continually amazed and inspired by, pick up a copy of Vitamin D. Others in the series include Vitamin P, and Vitamin Ph, collections of contemporary painting and photography. So lovely.
I would like to introduce you to melk. This is the work of my two talented friends Chrystale Thompson and Jeremy Van Nieuwkerk. Beautiful illustrations of birds + wires… artists after my own heart. You can visit the website at www.melkmelk.com or go visit the showroom at 936 Clark Drive in Vancouver BC.