Louise Browne

It’s Christmas!

Food. Booze. The two things Christmas would not be the same without. This was a lovely job – illustrating an infographic for Lockhart Catering to showcase their range of glassware available for hire. The infographic shows a timetable for the perfect Christmas Day – when to eat, what to eat, what to drink and what glass to use. The result can be seen here.

Paper flowers

I've been making cards for a while now - usually I'd for a lino-print or some sort of crude watercolour, however with my mum's 60th I did something a little different. I've been drawing little people recently and have been lucky enough to be commissioned to do some for a client. I loved how they turned out so I took this style to create a birthday card for my mum. I drew mum, my sis and myself, all in lovely dresses, scanned in the doodles, coloured them and got them printed in a monster A3 folded card. Then I was able to add some glitter touches to give it a really special 60th birthday feel.

Tissue paper flowers made an appearance in the form of party hat decorations and can be used to jazz up present wrapping too. This is a good tutorial for making paper pom-poms, I think they look beautiful! And some photos below to show them used in present wrapping and on party hats on our photogenic heads!

Late Night Art Belfast - August 2014

Thursday 9th was Late Night Art. We took a little off route starting point at On The Square Auctions - a relatively new auction house in Belfast. They have all manor of beautiful things including vintage typewriters, wooden coffee tables, old school chairs, cast iron benches, brass book presses, industrial lighting and lots more. What's interesting is that up until the date of the auction everything is available for a 'Buy it now' price. I think they hold the auction on the first Thursday of the month - I'll definitely be back to check it out next month.

This month we kicked off Late Night Art at the Golden Thread gallery who had the Itsy Bitsy Fest opening in the main space. A group  of kids had set up camp with tents, hanging clouds, terrifying sheep and live music. The kids were painting, drawing and eating lots of tasty snacks. Meanwhile there was plenty of wine and beer to keep adults amused. It was great to see an opening event aimed specifically at children – they were having great fun.

Next up was Belfast Print Workshop who were opening an exhibition entitled 'Self' by Stuart Cannell, Mark Fenning and Madeline Graham. The group are recent printmaking graduates from University of Ulster who were exploring their perceptions of each other through the medium of print. Their group statement explains “As individuals we explore ourselves through our own work. For this exhibition we are exposing ourselves to the artistic gaze of another artist."

Madeline Graham's Autopsy series was particularly lovely - with lots of subtle elements only apparent on closer inspection.

Next up was a quick stop at ps2 where there were cans of Carlsberg on offer along with a site-specific installation by Rachael Campbell-Palmer who has used hand cast concrete to create a terrain within the gallery over which viewers are invited to walk and touch and interact with.

Wandering on we called into Craft & Design Collective's exhibition in Space CRAFT in The Fountain Centre for a look at their weapons, props and armour works on show as part of August Craft Month. They had an abundance of popcorn on offer which is always a winner and some really lovely local craft pieces in the shop itself.

Last up was Catalyst Arts where on entering their 'EX' exhibition we were greeted with a large scale type installation, lots and lots of security guards which at first we were confused about but after a while came to the conclusion they are part of the installation. The exhibition looks at how we deal with feelings of political dissent, apathy and the relationship between the two. I'm not sure why there was a typo on the massive 'Definitely' on the way in - is this deliberate? There's no mention of it in the write up. I intend to go along to the panel discussion on 21st August for a nosy and find out a little bit more about this show.

Wij houden van Oranje!

I recently took part in a project with AVB Editions producing a series of screen prints around the subject of football - the overall series was called ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’. There were 11 designers who each produced a limited edition of 11 prints - beautifully screen printed by Jessica Holywood at Seacourt Print Workshop in Bangor.

It was great to be involved in such a lovely project and we had a great opening night - there were tunes and lots and lots of football chat. My print was based on Holland’s 1988 jersey. Love it or loath it, it was an good opportunity to use a neon ink and celebrate the first and only time the Netherlands were European Champions.

They’ve never won the World Cup, so I’ve got my fingers crossed…

Prints are available to buy here.

Late Night Art

Thursday 3rd April was Late Night Art. We started off with an opening at BPW which was called ‘Eros Thanatos’ and was a mix of work from Irish and Canadian printmakers. (And wine.)

Next up was the Golden Thread Gallery where Sarah Maple’s ‘God is a Feminist’ exhibition explores feminism and religion – her work is excellent. It’s on until 15th April, so catch it if you can! Some of her video pieces are a great insight into her muslim upbringing and really inspire thinking about the role of female characters in media and popular culture today. (And more wine.)

Looking forward to the next Late Night Art. (And wine.)

#OFFSET2014

Last weekend I headed to Offset in Dublin with some designer/illustrator/animator friends. It’s an annual conference over 3 days which showcases the very best of the creative industries. There were lots of inspiring speakers and some amazing work on show. I always come away from these things with absurd goals, maybe it’s time I tried to realise them. Some are probably more achievable than others…

  1. Go and work in a beach hut in Bali for a month.
  2. Buy an old PSNI landrover and open a travelling soup kitchen for the homeless.
  3. Buy a warehouse. Mike Perry’s warehouse exhibition space was amazing, I would love to hold an exhibition somewhere like that. Added bonus if it was sponsored by Duvel or another delicious beer. Further research has shown his website to be utterly class as well. I love it.

My personal highlights were Pentagram’s Marina Willer, the Serpentine Gallery branding is beautiful. Also loved the Oxfam work she showed from her time at Wolff Olins.

My takeaway thoughts are that I don’t need to see any more pictures of Stefan Sagmeister’s penis. And I need to be more disciplined in actually making sure I do the things I want to.

"If you can’t be good, be different" - Jon Burgerman, Offset 2014

Sofia Hope

Another wee baby name illustration for Nichola and Ian’s little baby – Sofia. Quite enjoying these. Who’s next…?

Charlotte Grace

My first personalised illustrated baby name pic - this one is for my cousin Nadine’s new arrival.