Monday, 30 January 2012


So I've been away from my blog for a little while, but i have been keeping busy. Between this time I have been back at the photography studio helping out with some online marketing. I have displayed some work to sell in a tattoo parlour in Wakefield and in "That's Entertainment" in Huddersfield. I'm also working on a logo and leaflet.

The above image is the final artwork to my depression series which is the 1st stage, as can be shown in the second image. You may already remember that these images were based on strength, Solace and Support. With this first stage i wanted to show it as more controlled than the others. It's the time when the emotions slowly start to creep in and you begin to hide, emotionally and physically. Where you look in the mirror and start to see things changing but are unaware what is really happening. These will be sent to the Blank Slate Art Competition. A charity to help those who have suffered Domestic Violence.

I've just heard back from this competition letting me know that these pieces will be exhibited in the Departure Cafe in East London for 2 weeks in March and will be up for auction. The money will all go to the charity 'Nour' above :)
So happy :)

Copyright of Natasha Aldred 2012

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Angela Carter- The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

I've recently just entered a competition, the book illustration competition that the House of Illustration and Folio Society put on every year. This year the book in general was Angela Carter- The Bloody Chamber and Other stories.
In these books Angela Carter uses the basis of fairytale stories but transforms them into modern, seductive tales. The three tales in the book to illustrate were; The bloody Chamber, Puss-in-Boots and the Company of wolves.

The Bloody Chamber- ' Dead as his Wives', (p28)

Puss-In-Boots- 'It was not I alone who saw her; with that smile he swears she stole his heart', (p80)

Company of Wolves- 'The girl burst out laughing; she knew she was nobody's meat', (p138)

This is a rough Binding idea to go with the three illustrations;

Through this blog I've illustrated a couple of Angela Carter's stories, so to see this competition really excited me. I like the dark, more risque feel to the stories, which has allowed me to push this style further. When i was in New York last year for portfolio reviews, one of my criticisms was to apply my riskiness which i had enveloped in my photographs into my illustrations, which i feel this project has allowed me to do. So the deadline closes tonight. Wish me luck! *fingers crossed*

Copyright of Natasha Aldred 2012

Thursday, 5 January 2012


Earlier in December last year I posted an image up called numb. The image was to participate in a competition with the theme, strength, solace and support. My main idea with the piece was to look at Depression as a time which people need the strength and support from others to get them back on their feet. As i mentioned to you then i was thinking of doing a trilogy of these images with numb being the final the 3rd of the trilogy. This image 'Overload' is to represent to 2nd stage of the depression. When everything is blown out of proportion and finally hits you and your mind begins to scream and thoughts turn over and over like cogs. This is the stage where emotions explode and are released. This may not be an exact account but it's my own interpretation. I'm now working on the first stage but wanted to show you all what I've been upto. :)

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


I posted this image earlier in 2011 as the "Big Skull Collab".
Illustrator James Fenwick set up this collaboration to bring together fellow creatives and help them to work together. Out of this project James put together an online digital zine called Veal which is now up and running and contains my piece and my friend Hannah Brown's piece. My piece can be found on page 20 and Hannah Brown's on page 10.
It was lovely to work on these pieces and to see the end result. It is also an honour to have been shortlisted for the zine :)

I hope to do more of these in the future which James will be keeping updates on his facebook page. So Take a peek as they're maybe something you can also get involved with. Both myself and Hannah will be submitting work for this zine, so do join us :)
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