Tag Archives: Ukiyo-e

Different interpretations – costume designs for Madama Butterfly at the La Scala Museum, Milan.

Last November I was visiting Milan and had the opportunity to go to the opera at La Scala to see a semi-staged version of ‘Porgy and Bess’. It was intense and moving and very dramatic. The next morning I went … Continue reading

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The Poppy – An Inspirational Flower

With this year’s centenary commemorations for the start of World War 1 there will probably be more representations of poppies than usual. Various forms of the poppy single or double, annual or perennial and in a variety of colours from … Continue reading

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Working from Scratch – Update in Pink

The other week I worked up a design by looking through many Japanese woodblock prints and selecting a number of Ukiyo-e images as inspiration for both pattern and colour. The end of the process was a blue and green scarf … Continue reading

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Starting from Scratch – Part Four & Finished

The painting of my new banner is now completed and has been left overnight to ensure it is entirely dry. It has been rolled in paper along with three other pieces, steamed for three hours, washed thoroughly, pressed and is … Continue reading

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Starting from Scratch – Part Three

I have now settled on the design for this new banner. I’ve worked up the sketches and have drawn it out on the silk. It will also be a scarf. It takes me about an hour to mix up the … Continue reading

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Starting from Scratch – Part Two

Now, today, I have returned to my mood boards and the world of Japanese woodblock prints. Since I was a teenager I’ve been interested in Ukiyo-e prints. I remember accompanying my mother when she went to visit a German friend … Continue reading

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Starting from Scratch – Part One

Last week I was reading round some great blogs and noticed some people have really beautiful top banners. They have beautiful photographs capturing a sense of place or images of their own art or pictures of the inspirational work of … Continue reading

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