Aug 21, 2015

Commissioned Work: 7 pieces

I made these for a new private Lodge opening up in the Sabi Sands.  One for each Suite and then one for the main area.

Created using a collection of found imagery from old books and guides, maps, stamps and free to use vintage images.  I also purchased the rights to use 3 of Daleen Roodts wonderful botanical drawings to get the leaf details - specifically the Knobthorn, Russet Bushwillow and Jackalberry.

Book Artwork by Keri Muller (www.simpleintrigue.com)
Golden Shower (Cassia)

Book Artwork by Keri Muller (www.simpleintrigue.com)
Jackalberry

Book Artwork by Keri Muller (www.simpleintrigue.com)
Knobthorn

Book Artwork by Keri Muller (www.simpleintrigue.com)
Leadwood

Book Artwork by Keri Muller (www.simpleintrigue.com)
Magic Guarrie

Book Artwork by Keri Muller (www.simpleintrigue.com)
Russet Bushwillow

Book Artwork by Keri Muller (www.simpleintrigue.com)
Tree Wisteria

Aug 20, 2015

Jo'burg - I'll see you in October

The Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair (formerly Food | Wine | Design) is coming up fro the 9th to 12th October.  It's always a highlight and my favourite fair to do in the year - great people, good vibes and exceptional organisation.

Some awesome styling by Mia Widlake for their advertising this year - we made the paper geometric shapes and the Origami crane branches for them.  So nice to have clients who want to push the boat out a bit and use paper in a fun way.

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair (9-11 October 2015 in Jo'burg) - Paper Props made by simpleintrigue.com

Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair (9-11 October 2015 in Jo'burg) - Paper Props made by simpleintrigue.com

Aug 6, 2015

These wonderful shapes

Rolled Book Shapes  - extremely satisfying to hold and contemplate. Serving absolutely no practical function except to make you sit and contemplate for a second or two

Folded Book Art shapes - Keri Muller (simpleintrigue.com)

Folded Book Art shapes - Keri Muller (simpleintrigue.com)

Folded Book Art shapes - Keri Muller (simpleintrigue.com)

Folded Book Art shapes - Keri Muller (simpleintrigue.com)

Jun 1, 2015

A Poem

The Journey
By Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

May 26, 2015

Rumi & this blue sky sea tonight



“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing 
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.” 

― Rumi

May 10, 2015

Day 8 - Vonnegut says it



Some further words from Mr Vonnegut...
Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow - whether there is a market for it or not! The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward. I would tell all of you watching this screen: Before you go to bed, write a four line poem. Make it as good as you can. Don't show it to anybody. Put it where nobody will find it. And you will discover that you have your reward.

The create for the sake of creating.  Something I keep reminding myself to do.  Not for me or for anyone. Just to keep making. To keep on.


May 7, 2015

May 6, 2015

Day 4 - How wild it was, to let it be

Oh it is hard to just let it be... Cheryl Strayd does know what she is talking about.  I wanted to start again after this leaf pattern (top left) I began with went awry.  But I like the fluffy leaf branches and they probably would not have emerged if I'd started again. 

Mistakes don't need to mean a whole new start. 

Read Book 'Wild' rather than the movie.  The movie is not nearly as great as the book and it loses most of Cheryl Strayd's beautiful prose and reflections.

Day 4/365 - Illustrated by Keri Muller (simpleintrigue.com)

May 3, 2015

A personal project - 365 Illustrated Quotes

Inspired by Lisa Congdon, I've decided to work on my lettering.  Writing, and specifically the writing I do for Illustration, is something that I really do love but tend to neglect.  I whip it out only when necessary.

So in the spirit of this wonderful and practical talk by Lisa Congdon at this years ALT conference I've decided to try and write/draw a quote everyday for the next year. I do also love a quote. Lisa did this this to work on her lettering skills and I thought it was just the thing I need to do.

365 quotes...
365 pieces of paper...

And then who knows some may become prints for sale in Limited edition or maybe they'll just stay pieces of paper.

The first one is this from a recent Buddhist Retreat I attended at Bhodi Kaya Retreat near Stanford. The retreat was run by the Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Centre based in Cape Town.  It's a modern stream of Buddhism and they run all sorts of drop in classes around Cape Town. You have to take a monk seriously who tells you that he still has issues with his dad...

It's a page from my Diary - I was doodling that day.  Technically it wasn't done today... but I needed to start this with something relevant to what I think about and encounter every day in South Africa.

Day 1 - Illustrated by Keri Muller (simpleintrigue.com) #365illustrated Quotes









Apr 27, 2015

Apr 21, 2015

It got me thinking

Yanni Vosloo shared this photo from @thesett today:



It really got me thinking.  And pondering.

My gut response was 'The right trees are urban myths' ... and then it just wouldn't go away out of my head the whole day.

This concept of 'right' and 'wrong'.  I've encountered a whole bunch of trees and none of them seemed particularly wrong. But some where delightfully right at that moment. Some I just ran off and hid under a rock from. Why do we need to define something as good or bad / right or wrong / happy or sad?  More and more I start to realise that these feelings/definitions don't actually exist as they are incredibly transient and wholly subjective.

'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'

It's a strange thing to do your work every day and try to not make it matter.  I am always told and seem to glean from my day to day ramblings that what we do, must define us from everything else floating around.  Do your unique work.  And most importantly try not to notice who liked/commented/click clicked/shared.

I feel a stab of something awful when my favourite pieces don't sell.  This I think is very boringly normal. Rejection sucks.

When they are 'liked' and enjoyed and get the spin but no one wants to take them home... some how it seems worse.  Because surely someone buying it validates the work and me in the most base (and yes, crass) form?
Maybe I was barking up the wrong tree?
Or maybe I was just generally barking and seeing what else came out to play.

It's the dis-attachment from the wrong and right that is so hard for me to achieve.  And yes, that's personal too.  It's not just the work.

To be able to walk the earth and just do your thing without a worry about all the right and wrong trees is a helleva thing.



Apr 17, 2015

Vintage Sketches

Giraffes Feeding among Long Grass
Abel Chapman 1851-1929
Ink & wash drawing for his book Savage Sudan (London, 1921), 1914.From Smithsonian: “Giraffes are no longer common in the Cape region. This drawing is based on a field sketch made by British hunter and [naturalist Abel Chapman]. . .”

Original drawing by Abel Chapman from his book 'Savage Sudan' (London 1921)

Zebras in the changing light
Abel Chapman 1851-1929
Ink & wash drawing for his book Savage Sudan (London, 1921), ca. 1913–20.From the Smithsonian: “While sketching zebras in Sudan, the British hunter-naturalist Abel Chapman noted that his perception of stripe patterns could change. Depending on the light, the stripes could disappear. . . “

Original drawing by Abel Chapman from his book 'Savage Sudan' (London 1921)

Apr 10, 2015

The Angle of Repose

'The Angle of Repose' by Keri Muller. Created from Salvaged Books. More at www.simpleintrigue.com

'The Angle of Repose' by Keri Muller. Created from Salvaged Books. More at www.simpleintrigue.com

'The Angle of Repose' by Keri Muller. Created from Salvaged Books. More at www.simpleintrigue.com

Off Centre - New artwork

' Off Centre '
Salvaged Paperback books folded and cut
Size: 90cm Diameter
This work is strongly influenced by Ernst Haeckel's incredible scientific drawings of sea creatures. It's a body of work I will continue with. I have included some below for reference.

'Off Centre' by Keri Muller - Salvaged Paperbacks folded and cut.  More at simpleintrigue.com

'Off Centre' by Keri Muller - Salvaged Paperbacks folded and cut.  More at simpleintrigue.com

Ernst Haeckel's incredible scientific drawings of sea creatures.  Please also see his wonderful books - the most well known being 'Art Forms in Nature' available via Amazon.

Ernst Haeckel's incredible scientific drawings of sea creatures

Ernst Haeckel's incredible scientific drawings of sea creatures

Ernst Haeckel's incredible scientific drawings of sea creatures