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Pick of the Pads: The Egg Man

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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'I am the Egg Man' article title page from the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

We’ve got a slight twist for this month’s Pick of the Pads. It’s more a work space than a living space, but with Easter round the corner, the egg theme swayed it.

Homes & Antiques April 2014 magazine cover

It’s the studio workspace of Tony Ladd – the ‘Egg Man’ that was in the April 2014 issue of the¬†Homes & Antiques Magazine magazine.

Tony Ladd's studio workspace featured in the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

He’s a wildlife artist specialising in British birds. He creates stunningly realistic, hand-cast, hand-painted egg specimens.

Tony Ladd's hand painted egg collection featured in the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

His workspace is a self-built, oak-framed wooden studio situated in his garden on the Sussex coast.

corner of Tony Ladd's studio workspace featured in the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

We love all the wooden banks of drawers & shelving…

corner of Tony Ladd's studio workspace featured in the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

…filled with jars, brushes, books, artefacts and references to nature.

four details from Tony Ladd's studio workspace featured in the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

It’s both homely & fascinating – such an inspiring space!

Feathered Friends

Friday, September 30th, 2011

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pile of vintage 1970s RSPB magazines

We did a recent post about owls, but forgot to include the illustration below – a charcoal & wash study of barn owls by John Busby.

illustration of a pair of barn owls from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

However, it’s given us the opportunity to blog about this collection of magazines from which the illustration was taken.

title detail from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

They’re vintage 1970s RSPB magazines that we picked them up in a local charity shop – 20 or 30 of them in total.

illustration of a kingfisher from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine illustration of a robin from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

We’re very fond of birds and see numerous species on our dog walks, but it was the magazine covers that were of initial interest…

illustration of goldfinches from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

…with their varied & striking artwork.

illustration of a water rail from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine illustration of various birds from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

Artists featured in this post include Keith Shackleton, John Paige, Eric Ennion, Kenneth Waterfield, Robert Greenhalf, John Busby, Jean Young, Michael Warren, Ian Willis, Ken Wood, Fulco Pratesi, Philip Rickman and Robert Gillmor.

illustration of a quail from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

illustration of snow buntings from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine illustration of a sparrowhawk from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

Some of the work has a real period style – and the magazines are very frame-able as the title & date are kept very restrained.

illustration of spotted red shanks from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

illustration of a wood pigeon from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine illustration of house sparrows from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

Inside there are lots of bird related features, stories and advertisements of course… and even more artworks!

posters of sea birds from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

illustration of a pair of hoopoes from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine illustration of a lapwing from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

It’s virtually impossible to pick an absolute favourite, but it might well be the paper collage¬†below…

illustration of a greater spotted woodpecker made from coloured newsprint in a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

…a great spotted woodpecker by John Paige dating from 1973.

an illustration of brent geese from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

We holidayed in North Norfolk over the summer and these woodcuts & silkscreen take us back to that lovely corner of the world.

detail of an illustration of brent geese from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

We’ll be keeping an eye out for some more of these vintage issues.

illustration of choughs from a vintage 1970s RSPB magazine

The modern editions have high-tech photographic covers, with attention grabbing banners & adverts. That’s OK of course – but we think these earlier copies are actually more interesting – and far more charming.