When thinking about eyra’s newest show, Long Form, and how it is about extended narratives, the Bayeux Tapestry immediately came to mind.
The Bayeux Tapestry is a long embroidered cloth (not an actual tapestry) that was constructed around 1092. It is nearly 230 feet long! It depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest in England in the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England by an army of Normans, Bretons and French soldiers led by Duke William II of Normandy.
The tapestry consists of 50 scenes and captions, and is an example of early reportage illustration. The story, no surprise, is long and contains mysteries (!!), along with 623 people, 202 horses, 55 dogs, 506 birds and animals, 49 trees, and 41 ships*.
Here are just a few scenes of this massive work. What accompanies this long piece are translations of the Latin captions, which you can read in full here.
*According to Middle-Ages.org
All images via Wikipedia. Don’t laugh. Whoever uploaded them did a pretty great job.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve mentioned my online gallery, eyra, is putting on Long Form, its third exhibition. I’m happy to announce that the show is live TODAY! As in right now. Check it out. Then, check out the shop.
Long Form features illustrations that are unusually long or wide. Illustrators could interpret that however they wish, and the results are really amazing. The details that come from the extended format warrant a careful look.
I’m always interested in web design and how to create a dynamic environment to showcase illustration in an online format. So When you look at images from Long Form online, you can drag thumbnails of the images to create your own gallery. You’ll also use your mouse to unfold each image. Here are a few images from the show. But, be sure to check out the rest!
I am swamped today, prepping for the opening of Long Form this Thursday on eyra, my online illustration gallery. So, for now, I leave you with a piece that will be appearing in the show. It’s Deli Boy Blues by John Chae.
Long Form is a show featuring illustrations that are unusually long or tall. Check out the crazy amount of details in this piece! Really loving this extended narrative. (Click image to see it bigger!)
Did you know that I’ve started another project? eyra is an online space dedicated to the show and sale of illustration. I curate exhibitions centered around a theme, with each illustrator providing variations on that theme. (Kind of like This American Life.)
eyra’s newest show, Long Form opens NEXT THURSDAY! I am so excited to be able to share it with you. The exhibition features works that are unusually long or tall in size, and it’s been a lot of fun seeing what illustrators for this show are coming up with.
Jessi Noonan has been a favorite illustrator of mine for quite some time. She’s participating in the show and was kind enough to share some of her in-progress photos with me. If you love this piece, the original + prints be available for sale in eyra’s shop starting next Thursday.
I’ve featured the work of Julianna Brion on Brown Paper Bag before, and mentioned her last week because she’s apart of my newest exhibition for my online illustration gallery, eyra. Julianna is included in the exhibition Don’t Call Me Honney, a show about the city of Baltimore.
Julianna is local to me, a transplant to Baltimore by way of Connecticut. It’s interesting to see her take on the city, in a series that she’s titled Baltimore Hodgepodge 1-4. A mishmash it is! She captures the banality of row homes, highlighting them with bright accents. Roof decks were new to me when I first moved to Baltimore, so I enjoy that she makes reference to that.
You can own the originals of this work and prints as well! Take a peek in the eyra shop.
I was silent yesterday – my apologies. It’s because I was busy putting the finishing touches on eyra illustration gallery’s newest show, Don’t Call Me Honney. The exhibition centers around my home, Baltimore. All of the participating illustrators are living and making work in the city! I also wrote about Don’t Call Me Honney, thinking about it in terms of how we identify ourselves and how we become inspired.
I don’t want to spoil the surprise of the show, but below are some works included in the exhibition. I’m happy with how it turned out, and I hope you like it, too!
Janna Morton (these are all brooches!)