Designer Desire: Rosslyn Ruiz

Mosaic of Rosslyn Ruiz abstract artworks | H is for Home

A couple of weeks ago a fellow vintage dealer posted a photo on Instagram of an artwork they owned. Straight away I recognised the artist’s work – we also own one of her paintings. Her name is Rosslyn Ruiz… and it was the first time we learned of her full name.

Ruiz tended to sign her work merely ‘Rosslyn’ hence the reason we couldn’t find out anything about her before that fateful day. Ever since then, I’ve been on a quest to find out more about her and other examples of her work.

After quite a few Google searches, I stumbled upon a photo taken of the back of one of her paintings on which a label was stuck with the following inscription:

Rosslyn Ruiz was born in London in 1935. She is completely self-taught and began painting professionally in 1960 working with most recognised mediums and unconventional ones as well.

Her need to ‘create without rules’ has enabled her to explored and expand her techniques in texture and form. By combining holograms and collage with more traditional materials she creates contemporary paintings and has developed a unique style that demonstrates excitement and free spirit.

Rosslyn has had many successful exhibitions in Europe, America and Spain. She became well recognised in the 60s after her work was purchased by celebrities such as John Lennon, Jaqui Dupre, Thora Hird, Haley Mills, Jack Palance and Charles Bronson.

She appears to be still practising and is currently a member of Ely Art Society.

Additional image credits:

MyPlanet72

1Wall Creative Collage

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sheets of font characters from the 1Wall Creative Collage set

We just received this Creative Collage set from the lovely people at 1Wall.

1Wall Creative Collage box set

The box contains 64, A3 sized sheets with which to create random patterns or specific words & phrases.

1Wall Creative Collage box set

Possibilities are endless with a choice of typefaces, letters, numbers and symbols.

sheets of font characters from the 1Wall Creative Collage set

All the sheets can be applied en-mass to a feature wall or designs can be room-specific; food-related for a kitchen diner, bathing for the bathroom – or relaxation for a lounge or bedroom.

sheets of font characters from the 1Wall Creative Collage set spelling out Noel

We also think that they’re great for use as Christmas decorations – and we’ve been experimenting in our own house this week.

sheets of font characters from the 1Wall Creative Collage set spelling out Happy Xmas

They’re very easy to use. The sheets can be applied directly to the wall using the paste mixture supplied or mounted on movable & re-usable boards which adds a further dimension of flexibility.

sheets of font characters from the 1Wall Creative Collage set spelling out Happy Xmas

Perfect for both domestic or business use – retailers in particular might find them useful. They’re ideal for a shop space or market stall – spell out company names, product ranges, messages to your customers etc.

sheets of font characters from the 1Wall Creative Collage set spelling out H is for Home

It’s a wonderful Christmas present – the recipients can mull over ideas with a mince pie, then get creative in the New Year.

In addition to this Typography set you also have the choice of Cityscene and Map collage designs. If you’d like to give it a go yourself, just enter the promotional code ‘nuffnang15‘ (valid until 31 Jan 2015) which will give you 15% off purchases on the 1Wall website.

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Crafty Compendiums

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Pile of vintage craft booklets

The Homemade Home was the subject of our most recent Bookmarks book review.

 

cover of a vintage craft booklet showing carved wooden animals

It brought to mind this pile of craft booklets we picked up at Huddersfield Fleamarket recently.

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden bull pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden fox

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden rhino pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden elephant

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden ram pages from a vintage craft booklet showing hand carved wooden seal

They’re from the Leisure Craft series.

cover of a vintage craft booklet on how to do batik

page from a vintage craft booklet showing batik composition

There seems to be about 40 titles in the set…

page from a vintage craft booklet showing a cartoon type illustration of a person crafting

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing how to do batik

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing how to do batik

…covering a vast array of crafts & hobbies.

cover of a vintage craft booklet on how to decorate glass bottles

page from a vintage craft booklet showing decorated glass jars

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to decorate glass bottles

…from familiar subjects such as fabric printing, enamel work and collage…

cover of a vintage craft booklet on how to make clay items

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make clay candle holders

page from a vintage craft booklet showing handmade pot page from a vintage craft booklet showing handmade teapot

…to more obscure topics such as coconut craft & pipe cleaner figures.

page from a vintage craft booklet showing collection handmade pots

cover of a vintage craft booklet on how to do collage

page from a vintage craft booklet showing felt lions

There’s been quite a resurgence in the upcycled, recycled, reworked & handmade in recent years…

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to do collage

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing an illustration of a parade of shops

cover of a vintage craft booklet showing how to make hand made jewellery

…but we’re yet to see throngs of people queueing up for the local coconut craft classes!

page from a vintage craft booklet showing crafting tools

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery

The booklets are lovely actually…

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery

cover of a vintage craft booklet showing how to use fabrics

…all dating from the late 60s & early 70s.

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing how to do block printing

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing how to do block printing on clothing

page from a vintage craft booklet on showing an illustrated book cover and red lamp with shade

There are lists of materials and clearly illustrated methods & techniques.

cover of a vintage craft booklet 'How to paint with Lacquer

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery

page from a vintage craft booklet showing enamelware boat

The photographs of finished results are also fab…

pages from a vintage craft booklet on how to make handmade jewellery

page from a vintage craft booklet showing enamelware jewellery

cover of a vintage craft booklet 'Paper, Scissors and Paste

…with a very distinctive period feel.

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing an alphabet illustration

pages from a vintage craft booklet showing two figures for hanging keys

page from a vintage craft booklet showing peacock and three wise men illustrations

Our particular favourites are the Paper, Scissors & Paste and Batik booklets…

page from a vintage craft booklet showing nativity scene illustrations

page from a vintage craft booklet showing train and countryside scene

…oh, and that gorgeous little fabric booklet with the pram on it has to get a special mention!

page from a vintage craft booklet showing greeting card illustrations

cover of a vintage craft booklet 'Tinfoil Decorations

So, no excuses now… time to get crafty!

page from a vintage craft booklet showing tinfoil starbursts

page from a vintage craft booklet showing tinfoil decorations

P.S. Compendiums… compendia… we looked them up, both versions are usable however our spellchecker doesn’t like the latter!

Something Fishy!

Bill Charmatz fish illustration

Whether it be the physical landscape itself or the flora & fauna contained within it, artists and designers have been influenced by nature over the centuries.

Inspiration drawn from mountains, rivers, lakes, seas, clouds, trees, birds, fish, plants, flowers are all reflected in their work.

We thought it would be fun to take these broad themes and show their influence on the creative process. For no particular reason, we’re going to start with fish!

Poole Pottery Aegean plate Pottery plate decorated with three fish
vintage 1960s pottery plates
vintage pottery plate

We might feature stuff from any decade, but there will, no doubt, be a mid 20th century bias as we love this era and are always drawn to vintage pieces from the 50s, 60s & 70s.

Vintage green glass fish dish
Large 1950s green glass dish

Small green art glass fish sculpture Small blue art glass fish sculpture
1960s art glass sculptures

Stylised fish were a much-used design motif in this mid 20th century period – in art, design and everyday homewares.

vintage fish collage artwork
Collage entitled Fish Fossil Sea Bed by Andrew Rob, 1970

Pottery serving dish detail detail of Swedish pottery serving dish
1960s iron trivet | Swedish serving dish (Dukat)

vintage fish plate detail vintage fish plate detail
Aquarius series fish plates by Washington Pottery

vintage John Clappison Hornsea Pottery mug Small vintage pottery pin dish
John Clappison, Hornsea Pottery | Bernard Moss Pentewan Pottery

Trio of wall mountable pottery fish
Hornsea Pottery wall-mountable fish… who needs flying ducks? 🙂

Also, the artistic treatment given in cookbooks etc can be quite magical. Two of our undoubted favourites are Bill Charmatz and Charley Harper.

Bill Charmatz illustration of a fish stock pot Bill Charmatz illustration of fish in a fryer basket Bill Charmatz illustration of a cat and fish in a bowl
Bill Charmatz – from the Esquire Cook Book first published in Great Britain in 1956.

Charley Harper illustration of fish with a thermometer in its mouth
Charley Harper – from Betty Crocker’s Dinner for Two first published in 1958.

Charley Harper illustration of a flat fish Charley Harper illustration of a fish with a tangled fishing line in its mouth

Finally, to show that nature can do a pretty good job herself, we picked up this fossil from a great little shop in Hastings. Preserved in green river shales, it’s 45 million years old (hopefully you won’t be waiting that long for the launch of our website!).

image of fossilised fish
Knightia alta, Eocene period. Origin: Wyoming