Fresh Figs #12 ~ Wilma Millette

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HOWDY! how-do?

new images / art / figs this week come from Wilma Millette (aka frenchapple) (aka creartfuldodger)

i feel there’s a kind of sweet darkness to a lot of Wilma’s work, if that makes sense

it seems sophisticated and playful but also kind of like a kid who spends the afternoon playing hopscotch then runs inside to watch the shining

or ummm, maybe that’s just me?

aanyways, here’s what Wilma herself has to say ~ ~ ~

I am a collage, mixed media artist from Vancouver Island in Canada. I have been playing with this medium for about 7 years. I strive to create a narrative in my pieces, hoping to give some relevance to the materials I use. I love the ordinary, often discarded and well-worn objects and paper ephemera from the past. They have a certain beauty that is often lacking in the modern world of mass production. I like to think that the people who made them all those years ago would be pleased.

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here’s the rest of Wilma’s portfolio πŸ˜€

happy wednesday the 23rd june two thousand fifteen you all X

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HEY

i was recently commissioned by Van Winkle’s to make a couple of pieces on sleep and drugs

the collage above (BENZOS ❀) is about 50s housewives on valium (and swiss roll) πŸ˜‰

the one below accompanies a pretty interesting articleΒ about a drug called Baclofen that’s being used to treat alcoholism in France, but apparently causes hyper-vivid dreams and ‘encounters with supernatural beings…’

hope you enjoy! hope everything’s ok! bye bye!!

Ben x x x

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Fresh Figs #11 ~ Enrico Gaveglia

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What up, folks? What, the heck, is up. The Figs have been ripening nicely over the past few weeks and here are two ready for squeezing, plucking, placing inside a bowl and devouring using our big human mouths / eyes

Or uhhhhhhhhh, idk πŸ˜‰

BASICALLY, here is a wandering artist / troubadour of sorts named Enrico (aka kikontheroad) for you to enjoy

The painting above is ‘House of Cards’ and the one below is ‘Mr Smith’

Enrico’s work seems to me a highly-coloured blend of abstract and figurative; makes me think of almost-Cubist Picasso, but somehow seems contemporary too

Here’s Enrico’s bio ~

I left Tuscany in Italy since 2001, ever since I move around and I guess by now I may have lost the way back home. Had then to keep walking through countries, occasionally stationed for some time and charged and re-charged of places I passed through and from people I met. At times I do take snaps of what I see, at times instead its just my system offloading mix of memories and feelings in whatever form is able to.

kikontheroad is an Italian of 1975. He has mainly lived in Europe, Africa and Asia. Husband and father of a mixed race family, while he keeps expanding his milage on the road, you can see some of his art work, digital and non HERE. He has recently published on Aaduna & DiNK online magazines and exposed his work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Last time we heard of him, he was heading to North Korea.

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

HAPPY MONDAY YOU GUYS x

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Fresh Figs #10 ~ Jean-Robert P. Beffort

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heyheyheyhey! happy Sunday to you!

if you are reading this on a Sunday!

if not, happy Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / the remaining days of the week, to you!!

i love exclamation marks!!!

um, ok. this work is by a brilliant / eccentric / obscenely talented artist called Jean-Robert P.Beffort πŸ˜€

Jean-Robert says ~ ~ ~

My collage art started 20+ years ago with art-mail postcard/letter correspondences with my older brother which still continues to this day. Due to this origin my collages nearly always include both text and images that provide a layered visual and mental narrative (telling a story). I find it essential that both modes exist in union for balance of polarities such as left brain/right brain, magnetic/electric, sound/light, and atlantis/lemuria. What started on my kitchen table has now grown to running a)sp.”A”Β©e Studioβ€’Artβ€’Gallery for the last 5 years in Silver City, New Mexico exhibiting my 2D text/image collages and 3D assemblage sculptures as well as showcasing other local artists.

CHECK JEAN-ROBERT’S FACEBOOK / WEBSITE / GALLERY IF YOU LIKE, OK NICE

ta ta for now [!!!!!!!] x

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always on my mind #3 @ Brickwork Gallery

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HELLO YOU CHAPS

I’m feeling goooooood right now because three of my original things (plus an alternate version of the collage above, called ‘always on my mind #3‘) are now available at Brickwork Gallery, London

Brickwork are also selling work by Andy Warhol and Peter Blake and they’re putting together pop-up shows in London and the South of France this summer so if you live round those parts let me know and I’ll let you know exactly where once I know, yepyep? !!

hope ur loving life ppl!! 

from Ben πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Fresh Figs #9 ~ Jana Pavasovic

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HEY!

Jana Pavasovic, aka Le Completiste, is a fashion designer, illustrator and photographer based in London

Jana sent me some nice collages, here’s one of them ~ ~ ~

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and I love the style of her fashion sketches, YEP > > >

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here’s Jana’s Facebook and Twitter. ENJOY!! πŸ˜€

Fresh Figs # 8 ~ Alex Robichaud

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after a little hiatus… hello again, you beautiful humans

i’d like to share some a-bloody-mazing things by Alex today

her bio is brief, her ideas are LARGE ~ ~ ~

Alex Robichaud is an artist living in Montreal. She mostly makes photographs, sometimes drawings, and other times poems. This is one of her poems. I hope you like it.

p.s ~ there is no poem. the bio was the poem. this girl is good

anyhow, the incredible photo above is ‘self-portrait with leaves’ and the one below is ‘limbs’

Alex’s facebook is here! and here is her blog! Love from Ben! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Fresh Figs # 4 ~ Phil Carney

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hey! i’ve been a bit slooooooow recently because i dislocated AND fractured my shoulder bone last Thursday… i made a noise a bit like this ~ BBBBBBBBBBLLLLLEEEEEEARRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHNGNGNGFNGNGNGFFFFKKFKKFKKFKKF ~ and then had to go to hospital. it was quite literally WHACK. but the liquid morphine was nice πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

anywho as i type this using my wrong hand, i want to tell you about a superb young Jack-the-lad called Phil Carney. actually i have no idea how old Phil is, but i do know he’s a gentle man and also, an artist man. here’s Phil in his own words ~

‘I’ve been greatly influenced by the ideals of the Dada movement and, mainly for the themes and images, of the 40’s and 50’s film noirs and the pulp writing of that period, in particular its hedonistic life styles of fast drinking and faster romances. I strive to continue these themes in the medium of collage, in a medium this free I hope to show the lust of this period and in the fashion of noir, ultimately the loss.’

Yep, love this guy. Here’s Phil’s FACEBOOK

bye for now, peeple! πŸ™‚

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Fresh Figs #3 ~ Nancy Bernardo

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excited to feature an incredible artist on this week’s ‘edition’ of Fresh Figs ~ Nancy Bernardo! Nancy’s work is intricate, perfectly balanced and full of energy

the collage above is called ‘i heart exercise’ and the one below is ‘down, down’

Nancy explains her working methods right here, and here’s her personal website

ENJOY! ENJOY! ENJOY! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Fresh Figs #2 ~ Zach Collins

ZC1 HEY! here’s the second installment of ‘Fresh Figs’, in which i post a-m-a-z-i-n-g art people have sent me (submission guidelines here)

this week i’m very proud to feature one of my favourite collage artists ~ Mr Zach Collins

‘Zach Collins was born in Grinnell, Iowa. He received his BA from Upper Iowa University, his MA from the University of Iowa, and his MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he is pursuing several art-related projects. His work, which is shown extensively both in the U.S. and internationally is about memories: tragic, humorous, and everything inbetween. Zach experiments with ironic and often unrecognizable imagery. His work is an investigation of the unexpected associations that are created by combining fragmented materials through collage.’

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here are Zach’s Tumblr, Flickr, Etsy and Instagram

E N J O Y!!!

Fresh Figs #1! ~ Kaitlyn Jo Smith

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HELLO!!! ‘Fresh Figs’ (bad title? hmmmm) is a new ‘series’ featuring G O O D new artists who mailed me work after my call for submissions

first up is Kaitlyn! Jo! Smith! Kaitlyn says ~ ~ ~

‘Hi, I’m a young artist from Northwestern Ohio. I work in mixed media, printmaking, sculpture and collage: most of these pieces deriving from a photographic element. My art often includes found imagery/objects and contains themes of nostalgia, femininity, body image and societal pressures.’

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here are some ‘computer-links’ to Kaitlyn’s website, wordpress and tumblr

i hope you enjoy her work, more ‘Fresh Figs’ (bad title? hmmmmm) soon!

(btw if you feel like submitting something yourself, please see the ‘guidelines’ here

H a p p y T h u r s d a y, P e o p l e! ! ! [Ben :D]

Hello, Fig Submissions Now Open

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after 2 years of posting my own ‘things’ on Hello, Fig i’d like to open the blog up to submissions!

i’m looking for collages, paintings, photos, GIFs, multi-media work or any other visual stuff you’ve made yourself

all selected works will also be posted on my facebook, tumblr and twitter accounts, so will potentially be shared with almost 8000 people

i’m hoping to build a really strong collection of contemporary art and need your help! if ur interested, please send a maximum of 3 JPEGS to stainton9@gmail.com

LOVE! and happy 2015, Ben

Hello, Fig in ‘The New Portrait’

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i recently had some collages appear in a zine to accompany a new show in Brooklyn NY, called ‘The New Portrait’

my collages were the one above + this one, this one and this one. there is also a funny / cool portrait of me by A.E Kieren πŸ˜€

thanks to Mathea Millman for liking my sh*t hehe

you can buy the zine here if you like, it has some truly amazing things inside it

BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

‘The Girl who became a Tree’

i was recently commissioned by the Irish writer Jonathan O’Brien to make a cover for his novella-in-progress The Girl who became a Tree

here is Jonathan’s Tumblr

here are some of his Books, including essays on Schiller, Confucius and Aristotle

and here’s a link to Fallout, his collection of short stories about, amongst other things, “A boy who tries to derail a train. A superman who cannot fly [and] A husband attacked by a vacuum cleaner.”

hopefully the The Girl who became a Tree will be available sometime in 2015!

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