Posts Tagged ‘Illustration’

Mask Workshop Preparation for Cardiff Design Festival

Monday, September 30th, 2013
Posted in: Blog, Work in Progress
Posted by Spike Dennis


Mask Workshop Preparation for Cardiff Design Festival

These are some preparatory Sketches from our young ‘wolf cubs’ – undergraduate Illustration students from Cardiff School of Art & Design. They have been devising mask making workshops for our Running with Wolves project as a part of Cardiff Design Festival this coming Saturday 5 October.

These sketches are the result of some collaborative work between Rosie Benn and Stephen Madoc-Pierce.

There are still a few places at these workshops available. They’re FREE to attend and open to all ages. You can book a place via our Event Brite page here.



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Stockholm Fringe Festival

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Posted in: Blog, Events
Posted by Spike Dennis


We are delighted to have had our “Running with Wolves” project selected for inclusion in this year’s Stockholm Fringe Festival programme.

The Stockholm Fringe Fest mission is to shape a creative platform hosting artists from all over the world. Stoff welcomes the young, the old and everyone in between. The Festival is for those who want to explore, criticise, exchange, question, enjoy, be surprised and for those who simply want to be a part of a thrilling atmosphere where anything is possible.

What slightly differentiates STOFF from a traditional Fringe Festival is that our current primary focus is on promoting performance theatre and installation art; the new, the innovative and the cutting edge. As STOFF grows we hope to be able to diversify further and become a fringe festival open for all forms of artistic expression.

A number of our Wolves will be travelling to Stockholm this summer where we will be delivering mask making workshops as a part of STOFF in the Kulturhuset Stockholm building. These workshops will culminate in a daily procession around the venue and into the streets of Stockholm.

You’ll be able to join in with our mask making activities daily and there will also be opportunities to get involved online too so do bookmark our project page on this website for further information and updates or follow us on Twitter.

In the meantime check out the STOFF website for all the latest news from the fringe.
keywords: stockholm, fringe, festival, stoff, performance, art, sweden

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Exquisite Corpses

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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Posted by Spike Dennis

Exquisite Corpse - Layla Holzer illustrator

Exquisite Corpses

Whilst at Winns Gallery last weekend with Layla and Marie we took the opportunity to collaborate and produce some new drawings. We followed the exquisite corpse method of taking it in turns to draw a part on the paper before folding it to conceal that part of the drawing, and then passing it to the next person for a further contribution. We retained the same media for each drawing to allow an element of consistency; one drawing was produced with indian ink, one with gouache and one with fine liner pens.

The exquisite corpse technique was invented by Surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called Consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. The name is derived from a phrase that resulted when Surrealists first played the game; “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau.” (“The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.”).

Exquisite Corpse - Marie-Louise Plum illustrator

It was great fun to produce these drawings and it was fascinating to note similarities in some of the imagery we produced despite not being able to see one another’s work. For example, Layla and I both drew mid-sections showing wolves in the womb whilst Marie and Layla both drew faces with beak-like masks reminiscent of those worn by the plague doctors in the middle ages. It was great to see that the themes and ideas that underpin much of our work criss-cross in this way.

We’re hoping to produce more drawings like this in future with a view to it leading to further direct collaborations between not just the three of us but other Wolves too.

Exquisite Corpse - Spike Dennis

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Punch & Judy Puppet Show

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Posted in: Blog, Puppets
Posted by Spike Dennis

Punch & Judy Puppet Show

This is a recording of the Punch & Judy puppet show performed at Milkwood Gallery on the 2 March 2013 as a part of the Once Upon Again exhibition.

The puppets were made by Layla Holzer and Spike dennis and the voices were provided by Peter Hathaway and Amelia Johnstone.

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Manifesto Exhibition

Friday, August 31st, 2012
Posted in: Blog, Exhibition
Posted by Spike Dennis

Manifesto exhibition

The inaugural exhibition by the Pack of Wolves entitled ‘Manifesto’ will open at The Sho Gallery in Cardiff on the 4 September 2012.

Those are the voices of my brothers, darling; I love the company of wolves. Look out of the window and you’ll see them.’ – Angela Carter

Manifesto is the first exhibition curated by the Pack of Wolves; a collective of artists and illustrators bound together by a respect for one another’s artistic practice, ambition and limitless imagination.

‘A manifesto is a written public declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government. It often is political in nature, but may present an individual’s life stance.’

This exhibition entitled ‘Manifesto’ presents the stance of the individuals participating in the Pack of Wolves which when combined will form the basis for the collective manifesto

The exhibition will be consist of thoughtful and enchanting new work by members of the Pack of Wolves including paper cut illustrations and hand embroidered typographic works amongst others.

Private View

Friday 7 September 2012, 7.00 – 10pm

Exhibition Continues

4 – 16 September 2012

The Sho Gallery
2A Inverness Place
CF24 2RU


Kim Adams
Spike Dennis
Layla Holzer
Amelia Johnstone
Faye Scot-Farrington
Chrissy Wallace

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Amelia Johnstone

Monday, August 20th, 2012
Posted in: Wolves
Posted by Spike Dennis

Amelia Johnstone

“Wonder has no opposite; it springs up already doubled in itself, compounded of dread and desire at once, attraction and recoil, producing a thrill, the shudder of pleasure and of fear. It names the marvel, the prodigy, the surprise as well as the responses they excite of fascination and inquiry; it conveys the active motion towards experience and the passive stance of enrapturement.”
-Marina Warner, 1996

Something incredibly inspired is conjured from this, my favourite quote, when trying to explain what it is about the world, about stories and about drawing pictures which enliven the illustrator’s mind so significantly. Illustration is a couplet of image and text, one next to, beside or inspired by the other, it is chiefly words which inspire the imagination to create the image. There is a process beyond the literal which makes the words and image do very separate things whilst lying next to each other. They are not in love with each other but are siblings with complementary or contradictory personalities. Sometimes they disagree, grow up or grow out of each other, other times they run away and become something else, or happily come home and converse again.

As in all things it is a metaphor which explains the point, it is an image realised that muddles the sense together to create new meaning. It is the teller and the told in one castle with separate wings, one for the aftermath of the imagination of the story and one for its conception.

What is really important about illustration however is that it can work both ways. You can start with words and end up with a picture, or begin with a picture and end up with words. Either way one cannot live happily without the other, once the process of picture-making has happened words spoken or written, ‘spring up already doubled in themselves’. The happy ever after is long ago and a long away thought when things end and no more begin. It is the content, not the wrapping up of it which creates ‘the active motion towards experience and the passive stance of enrapturement.’

Amelia Johnstone - Pencil IllustrationAmelia Johnstone - Space IllustrationAmelia Johnstone - SketchbookAmelia Johnstone - Falmouth Forum PosterAmelia Johnstone - Pencil Illustration

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Marie-Louise Plum

Saturday, August 18th, 2012
Posted in: Alpha
Posted by Spike Dennis

Illustrator: Marie-Louise Plum

Marie-Louise Plum is a British illustrator based in London.

Working freehand in pen and ink, Marie-Louise creates creepy characters and fantastical vignettes full of mischief and humour.
As well as good ol’ fashioned editorial illustration, Marie has worked on a varied range of projects including a large scale wall piece for Forest Hall in Edinburgh, custom made Moleskine design for Modofly and wooden puzzles (one of which even snuck its way in to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London).

2008 saw the incarnation of her contemporary spirit masks, resulting in interactive live art installations taking place in Edinburgh, London and South East England. Marie’s exhibition of interactive live art and illustration toured the UK in 2010.

Marie is currently touring circus themed exhibition, HAPPYLAND, a body of work which includes illustrations on paper as well as more unconventional objects.

Illustration in pen and ink by Marie-Louise Plum - Bunny WalkIllustration by Marie-Louise Plum - Hanging TreeIllustration by Marie-Louise Plum - Skull VentMarie-Louise Plum - Whip BoyHand drawn illustration in ink and pencil by Marie-Louise Plum - Cockerel RideIllustration by Marie-Louise Plum - Cake ManIllustration in pen and ink by Marie-Louise Plum - Blood ManIllustration in pen and ink by Marie-Louise Plum - Brain Eater

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Chrissy Wallace

Sunday, March 4th, 2012
Posted in: Wolves
Posted by Spike Dennis

Chrissy Wallace was born in a hazy teutonic summer, riased on the mean cul-de-sacs of Glasgow, and is now seeking her fortune in the bewildering metropolis that is London.

Chrissy studied illustration at Glasgow Metropolitan University and latterly Westminster University and is now a freelance illustrator and model maker.

Chrissy’s primary tools are pen, ink, watercolour, acrylics, and polymer clay and she employs strong draughtsmanship and a keen eye for detail. Chrissy makes use of her dark sense of humour to create images that are concept driven, interesting, and thought provoking.

Chrissy Wallace - DuplicityChrissy Wallace - PerspectiveChrissy Wallace - EyeChrissy Wallace - Begin AgainChrissy Wallace - Crow

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