Monday, 29 April 2013
So far this year I have taken classes in paper collage, mono printing, vintage hair styling and dry point etching. I made these prints above at the dry point workshop at the Forge Studios, part of the Digswell Arts Trust. I absolutely loved the dry point workshop! It really suited my illustrative style of working and I really enjoyed the hands-on process of making and preparing the plate.
The next classes I have my eyes on are a calligraphy workshop and a letterpress printing workshop.. recommendations of other classes would be brilliant! Just leave me a comment and tell me about them :-)
Friday, 26 April 2013
I'm running another beginners lino printing workshop in Bedford at the end of May for all you local people. Join me at Fancy where there will be stunning cakes and coffees for you to treat yourself to (or maybe act as inspiration for your prints..)
My aim is to get everyone lino printing.. in the world.. one workshop at a time! Hope to see you there!
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Rachel Lovatt will also be repeating her successful paper collage workshop.
Half of the profits will be going towards the charity who help street children in the Phillipines and support local artists within the community at the same time, which is where my workshops come in!
"Mercy in Action is committed to seeing those who have been abandoned, neglected, abused and forgotten helped find meaning and purpose in life. By focusing on education, shelter, friendship and encouragement, they will be set free to live lives that fully express all that they were truly intended to be."
Thursday, 11 April 2013
At the beginning of March I spent the week at a school as a visiting artist running a variety of textiles based workshops. I ran a different workshop with each year group which was really interesting to see how differently they reacted in each year. I had so much fun with the reception year children especially, (despite a mild marbling ink explosion) they are at that magic age where everything is new to them and very exciting! I could've shown them anything and they would have marvelled at it.
The children in the whole school were really enthusiastic and positive which made my job so much more fun. They were all so excited to see me and asked me things like "are you the special artist?" "are you Mrs Artist Lady?" "are you an artist!?" and it was awesome to be able to say "yes!" (well apart from the Mrs bit.)
Monday, 8 April 2013
Friday, 5 April 2013
When Aunty Flo
Became a Crow
She had a bed put in a tree;
And there she lay
And read all day
- Mervyn Peake
I had a go at reduction lino printing for the Circus of Illustration's first zine. I haven't used this method in a very long time and I did feel the pressure. I found it difficult to think in three colours and one lino tile, sounds easy enough but JUST GIVE IT A TRY. I'm very pleased with the result!
The zine 'In The Woods' features illustrations from 13 incredibly talented illustrators. The first of many more to come, which for future issues we hope to be able to print. Take a look!