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April 5, 2011 / margikimball

♥ :: Holly Wales

You’ve probably seen the work of Holly Wales. I had and didn’t know I had and am thrilled to have found her website, shop, blog and illustration studio. Holly is based in London and her work is stunning.

A good word for Holly’s work might be watery. She uses felt-tip marker/pens masterfully, allowing the images to show where marks have been laid and how. And every mark is intentional. Where the color leaves the line momentarily, where the marker fades or stops to show a curve: the result is a kind of gestural, alive feeling. Like the people are going to carry on in a moment, like the typewriter is going to type.

Holly’s work is fresh and refreshing. Her images for, say, the New York Times (like the typewriter) are quirky and smartly handled. And she makes personal projects like zines (see below) which are kind of wild and almost un-contained. I think what I’m trying to say is that she’s exploring the world in which she lives and showing it to us, which is beautiful.

Check out more of Holly’s work. It’s beautiful, moving, truly artistic in the way it thinks. Follow her on Twitter. She was just featured in CommArts and I hope to see more of her beautiful work, her pursuits soon.

As an aside, I am in the stormy center of wrapping up two MFA theses at the moment (a book and some drawings) and so my posts will be scattered through Mid-May, whereupon I’ll redesign the crap out of this site and over-post thereafter.


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