Thursday, 8 June 2017

Elise Bell



"The ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ lithograph poster was created in 2015, during a project exploring the broad concept of childhood. I began by taking inspiration from artistic images I’d been brought up with - in story books by the Brothers Grimm, and Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’ - tales many parents comfortably read to their children, their sometimes gruesome plots considered simply ‘dark fairytales’.                                       In 2014 and 2015, the news was filled with real life horror stories affecting children around the world, the Ebola outbreak, the terror attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, and the assaults of Boko Haram - real life stories, however, stories we would shield from children.
I began creating whimsical images based on these reports, images fit for story books, but with tragic, true inspirations. The ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ image was made regarding the campaign launched in Nigeria after 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their hostels in Chibok, in April 2014. Some escaped by hiding in the Sambisa forest, but still, more than 1000 days on, 195 are still missing. Red being the campaign colours, and having traveled through the forest, the image depicts several red-hooded figures hiding amongst the branches - a nod at very well known fairytale." Elise Bell

Friday, 12 May 2017

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Kosuke Ajiro


I have long admired the work of Japanese illustrator Kosuke Ajiro, in this new work 'Po to Pou' she is deliciously dark and surreal. Kosuke has constructed tiny scenes and then animated them into a gem of a film, with all of the magic of primitive animation and handcrafted surrealism. Not Red Riding Hood, but included here for its sinister content and feasting wolves.



Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter



Wishing a Happy Spring to everyone, here are my Red Riding Hood eggs from a few years ago.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Jean Huet

                         Above and Below: in the style of Picasso
Jean Huet (1923-1985) was a French Animator and Cartoonist who produced this series in of interpretations of Little Red Riding Hood in 1974, using famous modernist painters as his inspiration. Thank you

               Above: in the style of  Bernard Buffet, below: In the style of  Fernand Léger.




Friday, 24 March 2017

Chap Book 1810




This version of Little Red Riding Hood, published in a small, hand-coloured chapbook in 1810 is in the British Library. It sticks closely to Perrault’s original, and predates the Grimm brothers’ version by two years.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Happy Minis


Just so wonderfully tiny. A miniature Little Red Riding Hood Cookie form Happy Minis an apprentice miniaturist from France who creates incredibly small things including tiny turned bowls and even a honey stirrer.