Mathew Borrett was born in 1972 and grew up in rural Ontario. He’s a graduate of the Illustration program at O.C.A.D., Toronto.
Mathew describes his work by saying, “I was fortunate to have a big ancient barn to play in. Despite an acute allergy to hay, I would build elaborate hay forts despite the itchy consequences. We also had woods and swamps nearby to explore. During those weeks of the summer when too much pollen was about, I’d retreat to my room where I would draw, build elaborate things out of lego, and make primitive computer graphics on my Commodore 64. If I really liked something I’d built out of lego, I would draw instructions on graph paper for how to build it again. I left childhood behind with reluctance, and moved to Toronto where I studied illustration. As of 2008 I work in visual effects for film and TV as an environment artist, though I still find time for drawing and doing the occasional illustration.”
Here Be Monsters
I noticed this wonderful Icelandic project of illustrated type inspired by medieval maps featuring fantastical sea creatures.
Design by Reykjavík based Stella Björg, these decorated capitals remind me of the Victorian illustrations I’ve written about recently. I love that several of the creatures appear to be based on specific Icelandic mythical beasts, as named at the bottom of the print. I also really like the print colours and flecked paper that gives the final work its antique look.
My “Here Be Monsters” illustrated letters started from the simple idea of writing “MONSTER” but having finished it just didn’t seem like there was much left to complete the alphabet. I was in no hurry to complete it, so very slowly monstrous letters got added and finally there appeared a complete alphabet. - Stella Björg
Seyit UYGUR - Ebru Artist
Wookjae Maeng ( Korean ) - Ceramics and Slip Casting
The theme of my work is to represent complex, ambiguous and uncomfortable
relationships between man and animal. Nature and animals has been an object of art for a long time. And, it will be continued until the fall of human being,although the point of view has been changed. There are lots of living creatures on the earth.
The human is on the top of the ecological pyramid now and can manage all kinds of our fellow creatures. However, it is getting worse for certain.