Thursday, 21 December 2017

Designs now on Red Bubble!

I have added some of my art work to Red Bubble, meaning you can purchase products with my designs on - from t-shirts to cushions and bags, even leggings! Some examples below, but click this link to see more.... The horse prints are taken from cyanotype prints I made, and the bats from hand drawings of bats found in London.

Floor cushion with 'Dream Gallop' design      

Studio pouch with 'Dream Horse' design
Cushion with 'London Bats' print

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The London Cat Map

Having created a Dogs of London Map well as a Peckham Cat Walk map, finally I have a London Cat Map too!

Londoners, along with the rest of the UK, love their cats and the city is teaming with cat related stories, works of art and historical anecdotes (as well as ACTUAL cats).  Having trawled many books and the internet (the home of cat facts and fiction), as well as the streets of London, I have picked out some of my favourite cats of the capital to hand draw then create the purr-fect plan.  I find digital media the most rewarding when creating such a collage, as it gives me the freedom to experiment with layouts and text, as well as make use of my hand drawn illustrations, and I can mix traditional skills with technology.

A great resource for me when researching this was the website, as well as the ever-brilliant Londonist.

This wholly unscholarly cat-o-graphic map illustrates the history of felines in the capital, and can be purchased as a high quality archival digital print from the Garudio Studiage shop


Saturday, 23 September 2017

All Dogs Matter Tea Towel

All Dogs Matter is a charity that rescues and re-homes abandoned dogs in London, and they got in touch with us at Garudio Studiage to see if we would design them a new tea towel to help them raise money.

The design is based on our ‘classic’ Dogs of London tea towel, and features dogs they have re-homed over the years. We picked one from each of the 16 most ‘rescued’ dog breeds in London, according to their records (King Charles Spaniel, Border Terrier, Chihuahua, Husky, Greyhound, Dogue de Bordeaux, Jack Russel Terrier, Border Collie, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Bichon Frise, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Beagle, Rottweiler and French Bulldog). The tea towel has a 'Was and Now' feature for each dog, so you can find out their story, after Stephanie from ADM tirelessly interviewed each owner!  Myself and Chris worked on the design and illustrations, and ended up adopting our own furry friend from them! A Pomeranian x some-kind of-terrier (a Pomme-de- terre?!) we have named Dante.  All proceeds from the tea towel sales go back to All Dogs Matter, you can buy one here.

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Stripe Set screen print

A new screen print I have been working on for a while is now available on the Garudio Studiage shop here. I had been looking at ways of portaying a group of animals with some visual similarlites - in this case ones with stripes! To get away from the formal  style of some of my previous previous prints, I experimented more with layering and collaging the images. Although the style of drawing alludes to natural history illustrations, the compostition and categorising are more unscientific.
Screen Printed on Somerset Velvet 250gsm Soft White Paper 40 x 50cms.
Images below show parts of the screen printing process.

final print, edition of 12

screen negative before being printed

Screen and final print side by side

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Horse Folk 2

Some more horses from my Horse Folk series, investigating horse costumes used in folk festivals around the world. Painting in watercolour again has been quite challenging, especially on a large scale (all these paintings are 56 x 76 cms), not much room for mistakes! I have painted about 10 on this scale so far, most went wrong somewhere... these are a few I was most happy with.
The festivals these ones are from are The Ride of Kings, Czech Republic, Chagu Chagu Umakko, Japan and Caballos del Vino, Spain.

More info on my website

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Sea Monster Soup print

I have a piece of work in an exhibition 'The Thames The Artery of London' about the river Thames, curated by Plastic Propaganda, on at Devon House, St Katherine Docks, 4th – 18th December.

My piece is a 3 colour screen print ‘Sea Monster Soup’ 40 x 50cm.

This piece is inspired by the 1850 engraving 'Monster Soup commonly called Thames Water by William Heath, a satire of a microscopic examination by Arthur Hassell of the water supplied to the inhabitants of London portraying the ‘monsters’ found in a drop of water from the Thames. Just 50 years ago, the Thames was so polluted it was declared "biologically extinct", too dirty for anything to survive there. But  sightings of various marine mammals and other species over the last few years confirm that the river is springing back to life.

There have been regular sightings of harbour and grey seals, dolphins and harbour porpoises, and of course the ill-fated journey into the Thames by the ‘River Thames Whale’ (northern bottlenose whale )  in 2006.

Sea Monster Soup by Anna Walsh

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Horse Folk

Some new paintings I have been working on looking at the different outfits horses wear at folk festivals around the world. These are just rough sketches more to come soon.... All watercolour and gauche.