Milwaukee to Cardiff

Since starting What Katy Blogged the thing I have come to love about the internet is where it can lead. It’s very easy to limit what you look at to email, news and facebook, but since I’ve got into blogging I’m really grasping the enormity of the web. That may sound naive or like something your mum might say but I am realising how much I’ve been missing out on.

The reason I say this now is that I was simply looking up a poster I had seen a while back and it lead me to two artists that I would never have come across otherwise. The poster in question was the ‘For Like Ever’ print by Tracy Jenkins which is pictured below.

I found the poster on this US site, Super Rural. But there, I was struck by the picture that came up on the first page of a beautiful painted antler. I had never seen anything like it so clicked the link to the person responsible for them, Cassandra Smith an artist and designer from Milwaukee, WI.  There I found her full portfolio of painted antlers and other work. Here is a selection for you to look at, you can buy them through Super Rural or her own site for around £70+. I have no idea where I would put one yet but who cares, I want one!  There has been a fashion recently for artificial antlers in various mediums but why not go against the grain and get the real thing. (For the record they are naturally shed antlers.) As a child when the season came around I was always desperate to be the one to find a shed pair of antlers in Richmond Park, don’t ask me why may be I thought they would be magic, so perhaps that is why these stood out to me.

While reading about Cassandra and looking at her art projects and collaborations I also saw that she is co-owner and editor of Fine Line Magazine. (Love this woman!)

”Fine Line Magazine is a semi-annual publication dedicated to increasing the accessibility and visibility of contemporary fine art. It is an experiment in art appreciation and a measure of the times; a reformed approach to printed material that is both minimal and engaging.” – Fine line Magazine site ‘About’.

So I spent the next half an hour whiling my way through the artists they have been featuring which is what lead me back to the UK and more specifically Wales. I zoned in on a catalogue of work which for whatever reason grabbed my attention. I am no art expert but like many people, I know what I like when I see it. These are mixed media collage illustrations by an artist called Laura Redburn who currently lives in Cardiff. I may be alone in this but for some reason they make me think of Frida Kahlo, I think it must be the colours she uses and the flowers.

”Color, animals, nature, old films, science fiction, dreams and vivid imagination inspire her. She likes to create snapshots from dreams and other worlds in her work, leaving the viewer to reflect upon their own dreams, imagination and experiences to gather their own meaning from the illustrations.” – Laura’s site CardboardCities.co.uk

You can purchase her work through the site above or go straight to her Etsy shop. The most expensive one I could see was only £60 and you can buy a little taster of her work by buying her notepads which are only £4 and each one is unique.

So that was my web journey yesterday, Dorset to Millwaukee (home of my favourite childhood show Happy Days!!) and then to Cardiff, and I’m not even tired.

I hope you like what I found

Katy xx

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