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Samantha Battersby
I'm a drawing machine and history head!
Interests: the "photo" above is of me in a past life., interests include drawing and designing new prints and originals to put in my etsy shop of course! other interests include going for walks and talking
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Sculptor, mobile maker and painter (amongst other things), Alexander Calder would have to be one of my very favourite artists of the 20th century. He is the master of composition and form. This is my mini-homage to this great man... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Image from here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Shadows. From Above. Escape. Skaters. Erik Petersen. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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This is Freddy. He has a stealth-like strategic mind. This comes in handy when he's playing his favourite games like chess, Chinese checkers, draughts, monopoly and so on. You can find him in my shop here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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My new favourite photographer: Sheila Metzner. All images from here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Did you know that the Dutch technology company Philips is actually properly called Royal Philips? No, I didn't know that either. Based in Amsterdam, Royal Philips was established in 1891 by father and son Gerard and Einfhoven Philips. The first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Glamorous Princess Margaret was a great beauty in her youth and was famously fond of hanging out with artists, musicians, actors and other cultural types. However, did you know that in 1953 she directed a West End play called The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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On Finding You. This lovely portrait is by art school graduate and Etsy shop owner Amanda Atkins. Amanda lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts where she teaches children by day and paints 40s and 50s inspired beauties by night. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Happy Wednesday dear readers. What do you think of this amazing installation by artist Sergio Clavijo? He created it for the 2003 Istanbul Biennial.See and read more about his work here at his website--> Sergio Clavijo. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Happy Valentine's Day! There is something very romantic about a conservatorium, don't you think? If you click on the image it will take you through to its source. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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It's not often that I get excited about a movie just from watching its trailer, but I think that the trailer for Wes Anderson's new movie The Grand Budapest Hotel looks amazing! I can't wait to see it! Images form... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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This delicate book cover is from The National Media Museum's website. It is the front page of a 1843 photography book on ferns by Anna Atkins. Wikipedia informs me that there are over 12,000 species of fern. They are the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Lovely Lucille Ball. Images from here, here, here, and here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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French interior designers Cécile Figuette and Frédéric Bonnin specialise in creating the most devine wallpapers. Their company is called Minakani Lab. YOu can read more about them here at their website---> MINAKANI LAB. All images from here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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A few months ago I did a post about my all time favourite Hitchock film: Rear Window. Well, I'm also very partial to North by Northwest. It has lots of iconic scenes such as Cary Grant (as Roger Thornhill) being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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I found a choice interview extract with legendary author/ illustrator Maurice Sendak the other day. Please see below: Top images from here. Interview and photo of Maurice Sendak from here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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A stylish Times Square and below that The Rockefeller Center, Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building as depicted in two very fine vintage postcards courtesy of blog A Walk in New York. I'm not sure exactly when they were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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I have recently discovered the art of British born Tim Etchells. His work spans many different media including neon, fiction and performance. In his CV/biography he says: My work is diverse, moving from a base in performance into visual art... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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I've found this very interesting, quirky blog called Beatpie. Unfortunely, I am unable to read it as it isn't in English, but it sure is good to explore! Below is one of my favourite posts which is titled "domesticated". I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Vivien Leigh, apart from being a well respected actress, was also a very beautiful woman. I think everyone knows that, don't they? Well, here are seven things you possibly didn't know about Vivien Leigh: 1. She was born in Darjeeling,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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This is Perry and her companion Sidney. Sidney is a real character! For example, he likes watching TV a lot, but he's very specific about what he'll watch. He will only watch programmes narrated by or starring David Attenborough or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Au revoir 2013 and bonjour (almost) 2014! Cartoon courtesy of the master of whimsy: Ronald Searle. Image from here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at matouenpeluche
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This is Dan. He has recently joined the inner city art appreciation society. At first, he didn't understand the subtleties and nuances of the art that the society asked him to look at, but after a few weeks, he's really... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at matouenpeluche
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I hope everyone had a super Christmas! I look forward to Christmas every year, but I'm also always slightly relieved when it's over too! It can be quite exhausting, no? Meanwhile, here are some interiors that I certainly wouldn't mind... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at matouenpeluche
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So, the French title translates as "Happy Christmas everybody"! The Christmas pussy cat is by Andy Warhol which is pretty neat in my opinion because it's my favourite animal as depicted by one of my favourite artists. It doesn't get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at matouenpeluche