Sunday, 15 July 2012

Artistic Nostalgia


Back in 1984 a travelling sale's man knocked on my father's factory door with a number of framed oil painting's he was selling door-to-door. My dad liked this one. He purchased it for about $60AUD, and with that we had our first, and only oil painting.

Over the years it hung in our house and moved from house to house, from one side of Australia to the other, until someone got sick of the same old picture and packed it away. For the past few years it lived in a cupboard, under the stairs of my parents home until mum decided to throw it out and I rescued it.

I don't know very much about the artist; I. Cafieri, or whether a person by that name actually exists! But I do know that this painting was mass produced in Asia by local artists employed to produce the same painting over and over again. It's probably worthless but I love it - mostly because it's full of nostalgia.

I'm happy to say that now, this worthless painting, that very few seem to like, lives with me,  next to the owls above the fire place and reminds me of my childhood home :)

This post was amened on 16/07/2012 to reflect a more accurate account.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Books about fonts & typography

Just My Type: A book about fonts by Simon Garfield, is just my kind of book!
Like it says, its about fonts like Comic Sans and Helvetica, and their creators.
It's about how and why we all came to have opinions about fonts, and what the choices you make say about you!

Type Matters by Jim Williams and published by Merrell, has yet to reach my hands, although, I have had a quick flick through its faux leather bound pages at Published Art book shop earlier this week. A few reviews have noted that it can be quite brief and thats its more of an introductionary text on the subject of typography, I still think it might be an interesting read. I feel terribly guilty having purchased mine online but it was half the price, plus shipping was free! Sorry Published Art but it's the way of the world... :(

Colossal Clean Up

This is my imaginary book cover for a kids comic book titled Colossal Clean Up - How one squid rid the sea of plastic waste. Right that...