Insofar as the French painter Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) is at all popularly known, it is generally for his paintings - the Embarkation for Cythera in the Louvre (below) and the so-called fêtes galantes, many of which are in London's Wallace Collection. However, in the course of my PhD research into his career, I've also come to know him as an engraver.Read More
I'm doing a cat project for Dr Johnson's House, Gough Square, and have been looking at some of the printer's devices in the library books for the illustrations (having spent my first few months in the House photographing each and every book for the online catalogue, I know the books and their devices pretty well). I do love a good printer's device - it's a strange meeting of print culture and art, although I suspect there's a further overlap with tapestry and embroidery design too. Here are some printer's devices adapted to include cats:Read More
My friend Laura is a poet from Cambridge who's been published here and there (notably through a pamphlet of poems on the theme of Herb Robert). She's currently working on a project that involves writing poetry underwater, based around the theme of the mermaid figure. We've been putting the website and Twitter account together over the last week or so and I'm going to be doing some art based around some of the things we look at on the trips to various watery locations around the east of England.
It should be a really good project, as once Laura's finished her poems, we're going to start inviting contributions from poets and artists who want to get involved. The selected contributions will be published in a standalone zine and displayed at an event later in the year.
Do take a look at the website if you're interested in finding out more: www.poemsunderwater.wordpress.com.
I looked after a pair of cats for a friend of a friend. They scrabbled around a lot and were generally ready for their Instagram close-up. Having spent a large portion of university writing about cats (specifically, eighteenth-century cats, in eighteenth-century poetry - an approximation of some of those ideas is in this post), it was a strange experience to actually have two around. I'd never actually looked at them in any detail before.Read More