ARTIST AT WORK: HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

Helen Downie has become one of fashion’s favourite artists; her faces with oversized eyes draw into the heart and soul of every person, capturing an intangible emotion.

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

While recovering from cancer in 2013, Helen picked up a paintbrush again, something she hadn’t done for 33 years. Her first painting was of a girl standing outside a chocolate shop in Italy, which she disliked so much she tore it up, but luckily, she had taken a snap of it and at the insistence of her son’s friend, uploaded it to her Instagram account, called the unskilled worker, a handle referring to her lack of formal training.

Her paintings of New York kids and young skinheads caught the attention of renowned photographer Nick Knight, who invited her to be part of a fashion website of his called SHOWstudio. It was during this time she was inspired by Alessandro Michele‘s first Gucci menswear show where, “I wanted it all: the high neck ruffles, the deep red silk shirt”, she said. She promptly ran upstairs to paint “Oh, to be a Boy!’. That painting, which now hangs on the wall of Alessandro’s, was the turning point for her. She was invited by the creative director to interpret his A/W15 collection and has since then created 35 works for a sponsored Gucci exhibition in Shanghai. If you go onto her website here, you can download a special work Helen created of the Gucci Unskilled Worker Dreaming in high or low res format.

Helen now paints in between her house in Wimbeldon or in sunny Italy! Follow her on the links below:

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

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ILLUSTRATOR & ANIMATOR: FRAN LABUSCHAGNE

Fran Labuschagne animator and illustrator

Another exciting find on Instagram is local illustrator and animator Fran Labuschagne who captures excerpts of life with playful themes combined with a wonderful sense of humour. On one of her posts she introduces herself as “Hi, I’m Fran. I draw characters in strange proportions and use the colour pink a lot”. I LOVE that don’t you? I thought I’d share some of her lovelies on my blog today:

Fran Labuschagne animator and illustrator

COFFEE yes please!!!

Fran Labuschagne animator and illustrator

“The gift of giving”

Fran Labuschagne animator and illustrator

Oh my gosh imagine having a long hot bubble bath! A distant memory is all I can say! Maybe its time to go up country or abroad to have a long soak!

Fran Labuschagne animator and illustrator

This was done for Culture Trip on the type of people you’ll meet wine tasting in Cape Town

fran labuschagne illustrator

Fran did a collaboration with featsockco on these apple pickin’ socks – how adorable!!

How lovely are the lines and colour usage!

fran labuschagne illustrator

A chilling type of day!

fran labuschagne illustrator and animator

This is for the cover of Caffe Magazine’s third volume, Coffee Culture

fran labuschagne illustrator and animator

A collaboration with essie letterpress

Here’s to a happy Friday and fun filled weekend!

happy day

cath

ILLUSTRATOR & PRINTMAKER Diana Sudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

INKED

I stumbled across Chicago based illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka, ( pronounced (soo-dee-Kah) #inktober daily artwork on Instagram the other day and wanted to share her gorgeous works of art! Inspired by a love of folk art tradition, Diana uses ink, watercolour and gouache and is currently working on several upcoming children’s books to be released within the next two years.

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

2 OCT #inktober #Divided

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

Happy dog, rain and milkweed fluff

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

12 OCT #inktober “How should we raise our sons so that they don’t grow up to be monsters like Weinstien? How do we protect our daughters so they don’t become victims of abuse? Here’s a current mood portrait of me and my cub” #DianaSudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

5 OCT #inktober “We all have our specific fears that we always carry with us. There are dark, primitive corners of the human brain, and each of our personal histories of being hurt to contend with on a daily basis. Getting older just drives home more and more the importance of expanding heart and mind, and owning our fears rather than being blindly driven by them” #DianaSudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

oct 14 #inktober “Thinking of those who have lost homes and loved ones recently due to too much rain or lack of it”#DianaSudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

7 OCT #inktober “My ancestors were from Poland and Italy. I carry that with me, but foremost I am a Midwesterner with prairie in my DNA . Embracing that, cultivating a sense of place and connection has been grounding, and it’s something I am trying to impart on my daughter. I am grateful to teachers like author Robin Wall Kimmerer, a native American, botanist and author, and the histories and teachings of indigenous peoples everywhere. We should be listening more” #DianaSudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

How clever is her use of stamps and ink! LOVE!

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

A limited edition 6 colour, hand pulled, 12 x 16 inch screen print. It is signed and numbered, edition size of 30. This pirnt was made at Wachiay Studios on Vancouver Island, BC. It depicts the Kermode Bear (aka Spirit Bear), a white morph of the black bear, native to the temperate rain forests of BC. It is shown appearing to breathe out branches of salmon pink coral and running alongside other “ghost” animals.

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

This is an 11 x 14 inch print. Original gouache watercolour painting inspired by the Mary Oliver poem” Wild Geese”. Stamped and signed with artist’s chop mark

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

This is an 8 x 10 archival inkjet (giclee) print, made with archival pigmented ink of 100% cotton rag paper. The image is a silhouette of a wolf standing on a cliff singing “I miss you” into the night stars.

Signed and stamped with artists chop mark on the back.

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

This is an original 4 x 4 inch india ink painting on cotton rag, Twinrocker watercolour paper. Signed and stamped on back with artist’s chop mark. OCT 3 #inktober “let You In” #DianaSudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

This is an archival inkjet print of the gouache watercolour painting “Bear of Burden”. It was printed with archival, pigmented inks on heavyweight archival cotton rag Hahnemuhle paper

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

This is an archival inkjet print made from the original gouache on board painting “Petals and Rain”. Limited edition of 100. 11 x 14 inch standard frame size

printed Hahnemuhle matte cotton rag paper with archival pigmented inks. Signed and rubber stamped with artist’s chop mark.

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Illustrator: Katie Daisy

katie daisy illustrator

INSPIRING & MAGICAL

I stumbled across Katie Daisy last weekend and thought her illustrations were so colourful and filled with happiness that I had to share with you! Katie grew up in a small town in Illinois and, in her words was “brought up among the other wildflowers with roots planted deeply in the natural world”. Inspired by Mother Earth, Katie captures nature’s wonders using watercolours and acrylics in vibrant hues, interspersed with inspirational quotes by poets, philosophers and artists.

katie daisy illustrator

katie daisy illustrator

Her use of floral patterns, birds, landscapes and constellations makes for a romantic and whimsical series, where she hopes to inspire people with the joys of nature and a gentle reminder to keep on dreaming. Her prints are available from Etsy and her book “How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide,” is Katie’s first published book, where she says, “my very heart and soul is translated to paper. It’s a glimpse into my past and present, and the enormous amount of the beauty I have encountered in the natural world”. This book is so on my wishlist – LOVE!!

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katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

How nice!!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY