OUTside INspiration by Christine Brailsford

Christine Brailsford has a wild imagination, which she puts to work on illustrations for children’s books, wood carvings, ink prints and handplanes. When she’s not in the water or working on one of many projects, she’s dreaming up her next move. Here she gets personal and shares her OUTside INspiration, which includes an English ancestor, a dog named Ted and a 19th century symbolist painter. OUTside INspiration is a Korduroy feature with creatives that explores what influences them outside their field.

ARTISTS GLADYS BRAILSFORD & HENRY GOGLE

My Great Auntie Gladys (1908-2004) has been an huge inspiration to me and my art. When I was little, we would visit her in her home Chemlsford, England. Her block prints and embroidery captured me. The picture above is a print by Henry Gogle, Gladys’ collage art teacher in 1929. I love the bold contrast and powerful imagery of the four women praying for their men going off to sea.

NATURE AND NATURAL FORMS

Nature is a big source of inspiration. Time and patterns can be seen through water currents, sand movement, rock formations, wave-energy. It has a rhythm. It’s mighty power, constant change and renewal reminds me of how temporary and fragile life is.

ANIMALS

I love animals. They continually teach me how to live in the present, to have unending kindness, to forgive, and to be happy. This is my dog, Ted. He is a corgi, my best friend, and my unending source of humorous ideas.

SYMBOLISM

I have always been inspired by symbols. They have this strong, visual power that connects to our primal core as humans. Certain shapes, lines, and colors link us to our ancestors; across continents, cultures, language and race.

RICK GRIFFIN: ARTIST

Rick Griffin’s inks and characters captured me from a very young age. His posters and humorous line-drawings are visually amazing.

GUSTAVE KLIMT: ARTIST

Klimt is genius. His system of symbols, color, and shapes are rich with symbolic meaning. Studying his work, had a great part in leading me to find my own form of visual symbols and communication.

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