Category Archives: Art

An implausability of Gnu’s – Collective nouns

It might seem like a weird heading for a post but  an implausibility of Gnu’s is one of my favourite collective nouns.

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Collective nouns are the words we use to describe groups, groups of people, animals and birds. Collective nouns have been circulating in the  English language since at least 1486, when The Book of Saint Albans included a list of 165 collective names. It included collective  nouns such as melody of harpers, a sentence of judges and a drunkship of cobblers.

The collective nouns of animals vary widely in their origins. Some are named for their characteristic behaviour, such as a leap of leopards, some like a burden of mules were used to describe their use to humans and some were named after the personalities they were believed to possess, such as an unkindness of ravens, a busyness of ferrets or a skulk of foxes.

Woop studios illustrates collective nouns, it is their wonderful prints that i have included on this page. Amongst my favourites are:

An embarrassment of Pandas                                                   A murder of Crows

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A parliament of Owls                                                                           A murmuration of Starlings

rhinos magpies-joy  A crash of Rhinos                                                      and                        A tiding of Magpies

I just love them!

For more information about Woop studio’s:

http://store.minalima.com/shop/woop-studios.html

More work by David Campbell

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Parapillar by  David Campbell

“When I make works from light boxes (such as Brick Lane Remix, 2003), or old plastic bottles with lights inside, I hope the illumination suspends their objecthood to some degree and makes the viewer see them a little differently – see them as colours before seeing them as objects.” The brightest possible palette fills the range of neon-lit columns, modular crates, spherical shapes, and unlit clusters (such as Parapillar, 2006), the artist’s “vehicles for colour.” David Campbell

Upcycled art

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This work is by the Scottish artist David Batchelor. This  plastic bottle installation is called the Candela 7/450 (For the Death Star) by the Scottish artist David Batchelor. it uses 450 upcycled household bottles, each containing a low energy light bulb. It looks so beautiful! It was hanging in the temperature palm house at the Royal Botanic gardens in Edinburgh., Scotland.

For more information see:

http://www.davidbatchelor.co.uk/works/3D/

Recycled Records

Miss Lucy is a bit of a Magpie, i like to collect lots of different things, particularly art.  One of my favourite pieces of art in my house are my recycled records by the artist Aimee Gruar, i have 2 of these at the entrance to my house and they are amazing!

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I adore the artist Paul Villinski, his works using recycled records are beautiful and inspiring:

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I love Paul Villinski’s quote when he says  “Butterflies seem impossible. How can these ridiculously delicate creatures, apparently blown about by the merest breath of wind, actually fly many thousands of miles to migrate? How is it that an innate, intergenerational GPS guides them year after year to the same tree? Are we more like them than we suspect, or could we be?”

For more information:

http://www.paulvillinski.com/index.html

http://www.thepoiroom.co.nz/14-aimee-gruar