Sunday, 9 January 2011

Home Made *eataly*

Its a winter Sunday, time to relax, nestle between pillows and quilts on the couch..and what better more fitting meal to have than pasta?! I finally worked up the courage to experiment in freshly homemade farfalle..by making my own, a little bit odd, whole wheat butterflies the Italian way!

My Recipe:
450 g of white flour or whole wheat flour
1 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 eggs
5-6 tbsp of warm water

What to Do:
Sieve the flour onto a clean surface, add the salt - mix up
Make a little well in the flour, add eggs and olive oil (adding water if necessary)
Start folding everything together - be careful not to break the well or else the egg and oil will spill!
Keep kneading the mixture till it has become a lovely gooey ball of pasta dough
Let it rest for about 40 minutes
After having rested, fold into pasta machine on the biggest level, fold 3 times.
Repeat this while eventually working into the smallest level on the pasta machine to get a thin and even pasta sheet.
Once the pasta sheets are ready, cut squares and pinch them in the middle to get the required butterfly shape.
Let them rest a while till they are not so sticky anymore, boil them up in salted water and enjoy with your favorite topping!

mmmm......



Saturday, 8 January 2011

A Day In Whistable

Digging into my foundation portfolio I came across some studies made in printing class from pictures drawn from the day our class visited the sea side village of Whistable. I remember the fish smell, the gray sea and the quaint sea side shops and cafes..and the storm that followed all of this. Im glad I have these images to remember that day...and also how much I adored Patrick Wolf at the time!
 Block Ink, Printing Paper & Masking Tape

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Choose Your Icons


I mentioned during the summer, a personal art project to me, that began as a simple tantrum towards and almanac which my dear friend George had bought from a charity shop.In the art section of the almanac , in the list of Great Artists f the 20th century there no women artists mentioned...so it got me thinking...maybe the women that deserve to be listed are not there but they are certainly not forgotten. 
Athens is a city saturated with symbols and icons, of low culture, pop culture, underground, indie, art, cult, political and religious. Street sides become galleries of propaganda./advertising of modern culture, and unaware we are bombarded with gazillions of images that unfortunately offer us alot and yet we dont notice, or nothing and yet we look at them. Adding the two together (the story of the almanac and the icons in Athenian urban culture) I decided that what better way to remind people of the great ladies that have heavily affect the art world than by lacing them amongst all this. Lets add some variety shall we? Lets be able to choose our icons.

My first shrine is dedicated to Frida Kahlo. A woman who balances death, womanhood, love, life and art.

1st sketch of Frida, lead pencil. 

'Frida's Shrine', found images and some of my illustrations edited on photoshop.
Keep you eyes peeled for these lovely ladies...
the next one up makes vaginas look like flowers.