Wednesday, September 12, 2007

nothing's right when you're not here

Bear with me guys while I get these buttons out of my system. I wanted to rework them for an idea I have - tell you more about that some other time.

As well as being a piece of sewing equipment, in the north of England the word 'bobbins' is also used for something that's a bit rubbish. So you could say "that's bobbins, that is" about something you don't like. I hope you don't say it about my drawing though!! Ha!

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19 Comments:

Blogger r.e.wolf said...

a) I plan to usurp "bobbins" - they already think I'm a bit daft at work, anyway.

b) That drawing is NOT bobbins - it's absolutely fantastic! It made me want to reach out and touch the spot where one was missing. *wiping monitor*

and

c)I found the following phrase today and figure I should be allowed to emigrate now: "A Dduw! Mae bywell yn fy mhen i!"

11:45 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

"that's not bobbins, no indeed!"

11:52 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

You just never cease to amaze and delight me with your art. This is just so awesome!!

12:16 AM  
Anonymous wagonized said...

Well, you and i know it's complete bobbins, Andrea. I mean, let's face it.
Hahahah!!!! What a cool piece of parlance!!!
I love the drawing, especially the shading around the missing button -- showing that it is conspicuously gone! Aw. Beautiful topic, and beautiful execution, as always, Andrea.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous anais said...

I love this drawing! That empty spot of a missing button makes me feel sad and lonely.

5:06 AM  
Blogger mrana said...

I'm speechless. Truly. Wow.

9:43 AM  
Blogger gingermoggy said...

gorgeous, as always....
Jules.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

I like the ghostly image of the missing button! Wonder where it is now?

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Claudia said...

Your technique is flawless. I don't know how you make color pencils look so soft and precise at the same time. The same goes for your crosshatching: very resolute lines but extremely soft effect. I hope you work as an art teacher. I know I'd be going to your classes if I lived in Wales!

Claudia

12:39 PM  
Blogger Claudia said...

Again a wonderful, typical "Andrea Joseph"! Super well done!

1:34 PM  
Blogger brian nelson said...

Amazing! Love your fantastic art!!!

2:59 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks everybody for the lovely comments.

I did not expect much of a response to this as I thought you may all be a little bored of these buttons.So thanks!

Ryan, I'd like to know what kind of response you get should you start using 'bobbins'. Please tell!

Cheers guys.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Joan Y said...

Beautiful, beautiful buttons! Part of the experience of your drawings is to see them enlarged. One appreciates the details but blow it up and OMG, what is gorgeous becomes breathtaking ... and I've never said THAT of buttons before!

6:27 AM  
Blogger MILLY said...

Lovely buttons, really beautifully drawn. I have lots of similar old sewing objects, lots of bobbins, many buttons, just love looking at them. The fountain pens are so nice, make lovely wrapping paper.
Thanks for the comment, still learning how to do all the Flickr stuff , always ringing my daughter for advice ! Did you find the video on my blog ,that she did of my exhibition.
Eileen

6:52 PM  
Blogger gabi campanario said...

hey, someone stole one of the bobbins! they are great, it's nice to learn new words too

8:18 PM  
Blogger bobi and bobi said...

bonjour :)

8:41 PM  
Blogger MILLY said...

Thankyou Andrea for your lovely comments . I am constantly inspired when I see your amazing work and how much you get done.
I'm just drawing a dragonfly at the moment, not done much since the exhibition, need to get going again .
Eileen

5:56 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Cheers everyone!

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Africantapestry said...

I'm always dazzled by your buttons. And I enjoy the expression "that's bobbins!"....think I may use it from now on!
Ronell

7:07 AM  

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