Monday, 1 July 2019

plastic design

My mother's training in graphics and packaging meant that items of design would appear in our home from time to time. This plastic lampshade arrived with us in the 1970s - flat packed and in bits. It was trickier to construct than any Ikea equivalent.  We were encouraged to help out in its manufacture, seeing it as a game. Consequently I never really registered this item as a valid design object until recently.

On a visit to the Nordic Craft and Design exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery I spotted our lampshade on show.
It's immensely pleasing to know that this old plastic object is a piece of late 1960s Danish design by Lars Schiøler 

Lars Schiøler - Butterfly light 1968

The Butterfly pendant is hanging in my office studio. Pride of place.

Does anyone have any design information on this other shade?

Monday, 10 June 2019

found drawing: jet trail

One fine evening.....a jet trail directly overhead, illuminated pink by the sinking sun. It was remarkable to see this pink line dominating the sky centre stage, and to see it float diagonally rightward, and in a short time, fade to blue and bluer...then nothing. 

More found drawings at drawdrawdraw on Pinterest

photos: Helen Birch

Friday, 7 June 2019

a North Devon visit

Researching and writing my newest botanial drawing, painting and illustration book has meant a new interest in garden and wild plants.
various language versions
UK/US English version should be out January 2020*

The focus of a recent north Devon holiday meant visits to gardens and artists' studios + lots of photo opportunities. 

Edited list and pics:

Hartland Abbey
Tapeley Park

photos: Helen Birch


The delightful Ann and Bill Jarvis at Clovelly Silk.
My own surface pattern deign beginnings meant it was a treat to chat to Ann about her years as head of studio at Liberty London, and to Bill about devoré print techniques...and all manner of non-related things. 


...and more print talk with Lydia Jane Duncan at Candyland Studios just down the hill in Clovelly where her studio shop is located in a beautiful fisherman's cottage.

photos from Candyland Studio's Instagram

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

drawn cd covers (ongoing)

holiday art - unknown artist

Three original ink / watercolour drawings situated on the wall of our holiday villa in Lanzarote. So delighted to see them there.

1976 on one of them, and an indecipherable signature on all of them.

Familiar to anyone? I'd like to find out more about the artist.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Leo's volcano drawing

The red and black colours of Lanzarote's volcanic landscape were a recent treat.

Leo - aged 5 wasn't on the trip but pretty much captured it...though I didn't climb any peaks brandishing a sword!