It was my idea to use today’s session to design a mug.
I wanted it to include five roundels, giving something different to look at from every angle. And I wanted decorative elements from traditional chinaware – dots, and fleur de lys.
I thought at first it might be blue-and-white china, as this 30 second taster from our session shows:
You may be wondering what papier-mache things Joel is talking about. I’ll post something about those soon.
As you have seen already, in the picture at the top, my blue-and-white idea didn’t work out.
To see how we ended up with the yellow-on-red cherubs, which Joel previously put on a tea towel he designed, and why there are coloured circles within circles over Joel’s mountain painting, you’ll need to watch the whole video:
Special edition: buy the finished mug
“Mountainscape with cherubs” enamel mug
Special edition mug designed by John-Paul Flintoff and Joel Levack.
Steve mentioned a place he’d visited in south London, and I found it on Google Maps.
I took a screen grab, and we started drawing and talking (as much as that’s possible).
In passing, we discussed (among other things) why Steve likes to kill off projects when they’re at their peak, the value of constraints on any artistic endeavour, and how to use online space as a gallery.