Arts & Crafts: Christmas Decorations

We have been experimenting and creating Christmas decorations using all the wrapping paper and cards that we saved from last year. You will need: any type of emulsion glue; something to glue the paper onto (we chose plastic baubles that had chocolate in them); scissors; and a brush to attach the glue and all the…

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The Art of the Chair

The chair is a familiar and artistically inspiring every-day-object, found all over the world. Here is one of Jean’s chairs covered in fabric that she hand-painted.     Jean has always been inspired to paint chairs as they remind her of past homes and journeys.   Here’s an old photograph of a corner of our…

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Art and Paintbrushes

Jean has a vast collection of paintbrushes, many of which she bought while living in Hong Kong. Jean uses the majority of her paintbrushes, but others are part of her collection for their beauty and design. Umbrian Chaekori with Chicken Carpets by Jean Tori 2021 Some of these include specific paintbrushes utilised for different artistic…

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Hong Kong Inspiration

Living in Hong Kong for two decades led to numerous creative discoveries that inspired Jean’s artwork. A favourite arts and crafts style was the Chinese blue and white batik textile designs that still fill our house as soft furnishings. Here’s an example of Jean’s batik patterns in a cushion-filled painting (and beloved dog). Angel on…

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Colour Theory: Interview with Jean

Right after graduating from the College of Art of Portsmouth, Jean worked as a window display artist and she taught a class about Colour Theory at the College of Art night school. Water Ducks by Jean Tori 1984 Anthinula: What is Colour Theory? JEAN: It’s about how combining colours has an effect on our visual…

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Teapots and Bamboo

This is the design story of one of Jean’s paintings for our “The Wizards and the Whale” children’s book. Jean has always been inspired by the Asian designed cranes, especially those found in Japanese woodblock prints and paintings, in Korean folk art, and the cranes in many Chinese screens. Here is a decorative Japanese crane…

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Ceramics and Art

When Jean first arrived in Umbria back in the late 90s she discovered many regional artisans and craft traditions. Deruta is a town south of Perugia that specialises in ceramic wares. Jean often visited a well-known potter, Ubaldo Grazia at Grazia Maioliche (http://www.ubaldograzia.com), who suggested that they paint one of her paintings onto a plate.…

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Design and Colour – The Perfect Combination

Purple Teapot and Red Sun by artist Jean Tori

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” wrote the insightful author, Annie Dillard. We think that goes well with how we use colour in our every day lives. How we choose colour represents how we surround ourselves with artwork and objects and designs. Colour Theory helps us combine the right colours,…

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Painted Walls

I should be painting pictures, but I’m procrastinating and I’m painting walls. I’m not even painting the walls in a deep red or a marine blue, it’s just plain white. My whole art studio needs a good paint, but for now I’m just painting one wall white. Sometimes you have to be surrounded by white…

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Black and White Teapots

Before the colours overtake us and give us good Spring satisfaction, here are some black and white teapots I drew a few years ago. Occasionally, I draw with a black felt pen on my handmade mulberry paper or on paper from Amalfi. The subject matter is always teapots or fish or both. When I don’t…

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