Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Promo Stickers

My new promo stickers arrived, yippee! In and/or on your order's package from now on.

Femke Hiemstra ©2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Graphic Art of the Underground; a Recommendation

September last year I announced the release of the book 'The Graphic Art of the Underground' on this blog. And although I'm still in the middle of reading, I can already recommend this book.

The Graphic Art of the Underground makes five underground art movements insightful by putting it along historical and cultural lines and highlighting all that's connecting from outside and in between. What I know about the visual art of alternative cultures is pretty basic to 'that rings a bell...' so I found this book a very welcome addition.
The book is about US letter (+-A4) size and is a mix between a 'look book' and an informative work.  Suzy Prince (edit & text) and Ian Lowey (edit, text & design) not only put together a great selection of artworks, but also set it in a no-nonsense lay-out, giving each image room to bloom.

More information on the Graphic Art of the Underground website. (The book is now available all over the world).

Photo above: stormy weather outside, tea + cookies + GAotU book inside. I'm happy with the reproduction of my work in the book - it looks great! Photo below: some spreads from the book.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rise & Shine

Above, some images of one of my last pieces, 'Rise & Shine', depicting the story about the time the sun was hammered and got the dawn in trouble. This acrylic on book cover painting was in the 'Don't Wake Daddy #9' group exhibition at Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany, December 2014.

(Exhibition and opening night images now online!)

Femke Hiemstra ©2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Royal de Luxe

While doing research for a new piece about street theater, I stumbled upon the French marionette street theater group called Royal de Luxe. I remember seeing their 'Little Girl-giant' and the elephant on photo's once (shown above) but can't recall seeing them move. And they move, alright! Those blinking eyes, subtle tilts of the head watching the onlookers, that must have been such a sight from human stand point. Here's a nice, 11 minute YouTube clip of the girl and the elephant, but you can find much more about Royal de Luxe's projects, parades and other giant marionettes on their website.

Photograph via the ambafrance website, © by V. Joncheray