Maria Nilsson

50 Things to Do with a Penknife

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I illustrated a lovely book called "50 Things to Do with a Penknife", written by Matt Collins and published by Pavilion. Lots of lovely projects to try with illustrated step-by-step illustrations.

A beautifully presented, practical gift guide to the age-old art of whittling. There are 50 projects featured in the book, ranging from quick makes to more elaborate projects, and even a chapter on creating things from cork. The 8 main themes are: Quick Things - including a doorstop, a bookmark and a gift-box book; Into The Woods - including a willow whistle, walking stick, fish hook and slingshot; Around The House - including chopsticks, coat and crochet hooks; Cork Creations - including a succulent pot, stamp, and earphones spool; Ornamental Carving - including a boat, a deer and a spinning top; Kitchen Carving - including a carrot flute, apple candle and onion flower; The Natural World - including a bird feeder and instructions to prepare a fish for cooking, a graft an apple tree. The projects cater for a range of skill levels and the instructions are complemented by smart step-by-step illustrations, which highlight the tactile quality of the material in hand. The book also includes an introduction with advice on selecting a penknife, maintaining your blade, choosing your caving material, and carving techniques. Featuring the ultimate crossover of cool craftsmanship and savvy survival-skill projects, this book is the perfect gift for creative adventurers.

Illustration for Toast Travels

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‘Swifts” Illustration created for Toast Travel magazine article by Matt Collins.

"When I remember looking up at the incoming swifts racing along the roofs of my May-time commute, I picture them against this light; against these buildings. There may indeed be a proven relationship between the level of sunlight and the pace of the bird’s activity, yet regardless, I remember swifts as silhouettes upon illuminated upper storeys. Their shrieks and screams speeding through streets and darting between buildings display an enjoyment of the city landscape as great as any I’ve witnessed, perhaps greater, even, than our own."

 Words by Matt Collins

New Prints

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I have updated the shop with two new prints. The Palm Tree print were inspired to my recent trip to the stunning caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Have a look at this Drawn Together Art Collective blog post for some pictures from the trip. I am currently working on a colourful Carib Hummingbird print to add to the collection. I have also completed a Sun print in the same series at my Moon print.

Palm Tree

Palm Tree

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Sun

Illustrations for Teater Tre

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I did some illustrations for Swedish theatre group Teater Tre last year. The two plays, Frö and Eli & Rio, are currently showing at Teater Tre in Stockholm. Frö is a play for children aged 2-4 years. It’s is a story about the cycle of nature, the course of life and the human fascination with things that grow. Eli & Rio is a fun-filled play about roles and identity issues aimed for children aged between 3-6 years. Both plays have got excellent reviews and they are definitely worth checking out if you are in the Stockholm area.

About Teater Tre

Teater Tre is a Swedish theatre group established in 1979. Since the beginning, our mission is to make quality theatre for children and youth. Besides giving shows on the stage in Stockholm, we tour in Sweden and worldwide. We have previously performed in Uganda, Germany, Austria, Namibia, Japan, the U.S and many other countries. 

Our latest international tour was in Hong Kong, in February 2017, where we performed Good Night Sleep Tight in Cantonese, and also hosted a two day workshop about baby theatre, for Hong Kong based performance artists. 

New Prints - Available now

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I have added a few new prints to the shop. They are available on in A4 or A3 size on 300gsm acid free textured art paper, printed with archival inks.

Art Exhibitions - Yayoi Kusama and Rana Begum

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This week I queued up to see Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro. Head down there before the 30th of July to get a glimpse of the pumpkins. My favourite was of course - All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins - absolutely stunning. 

I also really enjoyed the Rana Begum - The Space Between exhibition at the Parasol Unit

Love West Dulwich - Spring Fair

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I will be selling my prints at Love West Dulwich Spring Fair with Drawn Together Art Collective on Saturday 14th of May. It was a fantastic day last year and we are hoping for some sunshine this year too! 

Ivy Cities

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Caught by the River just posted a lovely review of Matt Collins gardening journal Ivy Cities. I really enjoyed working with Matt to create some illustrations for the cover and seasonal illustrations for the inside. 

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Ivy Cities by Matt Collins

‘His relationship with wildlife is respectful and warming. Here is a gentle reminder that there are many, many small worlds out there, which keep on keeping on whether we notice them or not.’  – Caught By The River, 2016

 

 

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Baby in Mind

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I recently completed some illustrations for a new app called Baby in Mind by acupuncturist Melanie Hackwell

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Baby in Mind is a guided meditation intended to help you visualise the creation of a new life using manifesting meditation techniques and helping to remove any negativity or doubt that can occur when experiencing fertility issues.

Private View End of Coal Exhibition

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It was a great opening night for the End of Coal Exhibition yesterday. We had an extra cause for celebration as it was announced, only the day before, that the UK's remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025. The exhibition is on until Sunday 22nd November at House of Tamman, 5 Hastings street, WC1H 9PZ London. I created three paper cut artworks for the show called Wind, Wave and Sun. They are all available to buy so please e-mail me (maria@maria-nilsson.com) if you are interested. 

Wind and Wave by Maria Nilsson

Wind and Wave by Maria Nilsson

Sun by Maria Nilsson

Sun by Maria Nilsson