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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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Speaking of Art Deco (see previous post), here are three fine advertisements from Europe 1921, 1927 and 1930 respectively. They are from the coffee table book Euro Deco. All images from Euro Deco. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at matouenpeluche
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George Barbier, my favourite art deco fashion illustrator. "Le Jeu des Graces" roughly translates as "the game of graces", but I think looking at the drawing it is possibly "the three graces playing"or possibly "the graceful game players"? For more... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at matouenpeluche
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This is Arthur Reginald P.Cat and five things he has listed in order of importance. I don't think there are any surprises here. A portrait of Arthur Reginald is also available here. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at matouenpeluche
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Whimsical French cartoonist and illustrator Raymond Peynet was famous for his drawings of a young romantic couple. He created the character of the young poet and his fiancée in 1942 which became an instant hit all over the world. Several... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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The great American sculptor Alexander Calder made the most desirable and interesting jewellery. It is unmistakably recognisable as his work, yet it is also obviously fine jewellery. Meaning, to my mind, sometimes art jewellery can look too "forced" and clunky;... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Here is my Zen Kitten in gif mode. How nice is he? I particularly like how his whiskers twitch! Have a lovely weekend all! P.S. Here is some more gif niceness if you feel so inclined. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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1) Otters Holding Hands - art print - When Guinea Pigs Fly 2) DIY Paper Heart Wall Decor - Ellen Giggenbach 3) You Have my Heart Card - Little Low 4) Valentine's Must Haves - Little Low 5) Laser Cut... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Just a night ago I watched an interesting documentary about the fashion editorial team at Vogue (USA) who work under the helm of Anna Wintour. It was called In Vogue: The Editor's Eye. Gee it was interesting! Everyone knows about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Here are two Valentine's Day themed prints I've recently finished. On the left is Beauregard who is holding on to a large love heart and is in the process of deciding what do with it. On the right are Darcy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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I have been getting into bird songs lately. I live next to a park and there are many birds that sing songs in my street throughout the day. I noticed different birds sing at different times of the day and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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This is Florentine and Tobias. They share a love of exotic desserts, although it is usually the case that it is Florentine who actually eats the cake while Tobias only ever manages to eat the cream. They also enjoy sitting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Here is a bit of silliness to be sure. It is a GIF created from my drawing Hot Pink Wash cloth. Here is the original print and here are more GIFs to entertain and delight. Bon week-end tout le monde! Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Images from here, here, here, here and here. And more DB photos here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Happy New Year gentle readers! I hope everyone is coping with their New Year resolutions so far! Meanwhile, pictured above is a handsome gif made from a drawing I did some time ago called "Alice Through the Looking Glass". Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at matouenpeluche
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Bonjour gentle readers! This is my last ever drawing/ print for 2015! It is Galaxy Cat. I think he is a culmination of looking at many, many "Star Wars" related items on the internet i.e. trailers, reviews, interviews, red carpet... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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I thought I'd jump on the end of year band wagon and list my top five favourite TV shows (documentaries/ series/ dramas) this year. Please note that some of these may have originally aired before 2015, but that's when I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Merry Christmas gentle readers! May your Christmas Day be filled with peace, joy and happiness! Image: Andy Warhol from here. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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This is Edward and Eliza. Edward and Eliza have been firm friends ever since they discovered they shared a love of dancing, sorbet (any flavour) and art deco art. Here, Edward and Eliza are at a fancy end of year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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1) Shape Shifter/Gold - Karen Kimmel Studios 2) Handmade Gold Leather Matisse Inspired Earrings - Benu Made 3) Brass Cat Ring Tiny - Datter 4) Modernist 14K Lapis Lazuli Ring Made in Denmark - Chambers Vintage Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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I thought this illustration with its moody sky by George Barbier (for Paul Verlain's "Fêtes Galantes") was pretty appropriate today seeing as we've just had a gigantic storm sweep through Sydney. Well that's my excuse anyway for posting this gorgeous... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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It is most definitely summer here in Sydney. On the one hand, I'm a bit disappointed because going for walks during the day is out of the question now. On the other hand, there are magnificent gardenias blooming all over... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Two thoughts for the weekend! One for cat lovers and the other for book lovers. I'm sure there's an overlap there too: cat fanciers who are also book lovers and book lovers who are also cat fanciers. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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Photos by Emily Johnston. Apartment Therapy. Enter the Loft. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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1)and 2) Nature Table Dessert Plate - Lou Rota 3) Francophile Dinner Plate - Nathalie Lete 4) Sissinghurst Castle Mug - Anthropology 5) Champignons Plate - Nathalie Lete 6) Bird Plates - Elise Lefebvre 7) Blackbird Pottery Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at matouenpeluche
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This is Benny the Boston Terrier. He's pictured here at his "First Day of Summer Celebration" party that he holds every year on the lawns of his suburban house by the sea. It is quite a traditional thing amongst his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at matouenpeluche