Friday, 30 October 2015
Posted by Kim Alexander at 06:46
In these months settling back into the UK after Ecuador have the burning urge to create images with patterns that represent the two different cultures together... here's an experiment made while staying at George's house, the figure in the centre is apparently a replica Lewis chess piece, and the blanket in the background is from the Mercado Artesanal in Guayaquil, the map is London.
I tried interweaving the Willow Pattern cause oddly that reminds me of early childhood in Scotland when Mum made cardboard props in blue and white based on these patterns for a school play at Compass. It didn't quite work this time round though - will try again in another piece.
Posted by Kim Alexander at 06:40
Finally finished this drawing of the South American Cruz del Sur (Southern Cross). Installed here on the balcony & mantelpiece at Lucy's I like how the photos weave together a little bit of my Ecuadorian experience with my Scottish roots and my London base.
Posted by Kim Alexander at 06:38
1. The front of Tyrone's home. Ty is the wonderful man that I have shared my life, my hopes and dreams with for this year and half (and who also supported me logistically on this final mission with el Hombresito!). Thank you Tysito for sharing so much with me, for teaching me to cycle lycra-bunny style, for exploring your beautiful country with me (and Mike & Moley!) and for making me laugh so much! I love you and I miss you painfully before we've even parted.
2. The mirador (look out point) near my home in El Paraíso (Paradise - luck to land in a spot with such a reassuring name!) I always love to start exploring a new city by getting to know what's being painted on it's walls so on my first weekend was happy to see this painted spot, especially in a city that otherwise is very conservative and controlled in terms of street art. Our home here was the point of meeting many really inspirational colleagues and friends. Big hugs to you Becky, Jonny, Emily, Laura, Maria José, Paz, Andrés and many more.
4. Las Peñas: The gorgeous community up the side of the Santa Ana hill where the colourful painted houses are beautifully framed by amazing pink sunsets in the evenings. A barrio known for its bars and salsatecas, Las Peñas is where we shared so many fun nights with friends and JUCONI colleagues. Situated as it is on the edge of the estuary this is a spot that symbolises some of the things I love about South America - it's tropical nature, music and dance!
Thanks Ty for helping with this creative mission! Let's hope to have the chance to take the Hombresito on a similar mission in the UK! (Gullane beach?! London? The midlands) x
Posted by Kim Alexander at 06:37
My last weekend in Guayaquil before flying home on 13th July, spent with my beloved Ty at our favourite beach, Playas, eating ice cream and Chilean empanadas, spotting Dolphin references to send home to Lucy and drawing this picture of freedom and flight on the beach.
Ty being as amazing as ever and helping to pack away my Flamma bici.
Posted by Kim Alexander at 06:34