Mary Elizabeth Barron

Overview Mary Elizabeth Barron is an artist based in Logan, Queensland who makes bobbin lace from plastic bags. Works When I saw this post on Facebook, announcing Barron’s exhibition in Logan, it intrigued me, as I was working with a antique bobbin lace handkerchief made in the 1920s by my husband’s grandmother. The videos on … More Mary Elizabeth Barron

Assignment 1

All the work from my drawing portfolio can be accessed through the drop down menu at kathrynkerr.art. Reflection What were your first ideas in response to the project briefs? The moment I read the Introductory project, I knew I would do Tropical Tourist as my theme! I love the beach and live in the tropics, … More Assignment 1

David Hockney

Overview David Hockney was an icon in the pop art movement of the 1960s, “one of the most important painters of the 20th century” (Tate Kids, nd), and broke the record for the most expensive painting sold by a living artist in 2018 when his Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold for … More David Hockney

What is Drawing?

Had I not listened to Alison Carlier’s Jerwood Drawing Prize entry (an audio description), I might have included “marks” or “visual” in my definition. However, she blew apart all such ideas. Her drawing does not require information to be acquired through the optic nerve. So more general words, such as “depiction” or “visualisation” seem more … More What is Drawing?

Timorous Beasties

Artist Overview The Timorous Beasties are Alistair McCauly and Paul Simmons, textile design graduates from Glasgow University. They formed their company in 1990, and have since become a beloved Scottish icon. They make a very strong link to their floral and nature-based imagery: “The art critic John Ruskin related a universal connection between nature, art … More Timorous Beasties

Wabi Sabi

Consider the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi’. “Wabi-sabi is a beauty of imperfect, impermanent and incomplete” (Koren, p. 7) is the usual definition of the Japanese aesthetic arising from the ancient tea ceremonies. After reading Koren’s little book, my understanding of wabi-sabi is that it is as much about the viewer as the object being viewed. … More Wabi Sabi

Exercise 1.8 Portraying by Drawing

Exercise 1.8 Portray your visual source through your own self-directed drawing approach. Purpose/Outcome The over-arching purpose my approach will be to create a floral design for wallpaper or furnishing fabric. This roots the task in textile design considerations. Methodology My overall approach is: * to gain familiarity with my subject by producing drawings of the … More Exercise 1.8 Portraying by Drawing

Exercise 1.4 Lines and Edges

Exercise 1.4 Different qualities of line to depict the Archive selection. Handkerchief Woven leaf. Giant permanent marker on drawing cartridge. It’s almost like a zebra stripe! Good to incorporate the giant marker into my repertoire, having never used one before. This drawing helped my understand the woven part of the bobbin lace. There is more … More Exercise 1.4 Lines and Edges