Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Workshop Dates

A couple of dates for your diaries workshop lovers..
My monthly sessions at Fancy in Bedford are returning after a summer break. The next workshop will be on Thursday 3rd October, 7pm - 10pm.
I am also holding a lino print workshop at Dot To Dot in Letchworth on Thursday 10th October, 7pm - 10pm, this one will coincide with a month of me as the resident artist.
I am looking into starting a monthly linoprint workshop in Hitchin or Letchworth once I've found a good venue (space and cake is the key!) So if you are based around that area and you like the idea then please do get in touch and I will hopefully get it started!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Print Club London Workshop

I'm a pretty competent screen printer, with a mish-mash of knowledge from a range of reliable sources I was pretty confident. I might not know why or what I was doing but I knew it worked. But when I invested in some good and pricey screen printing equipment and materials I thought I'd better find out what I was actually doing before I wasted a lot of material and equipment experimenting!
So I went back to school last week at Print Club London and took their Deluxe workshop! (a birthday present from the ever-smashing boyfriend. I've also mentioned in a previous post that I've wanted to do a workshop every month.)

The workshop was excellent! I now have mad photoshop skills, I learnt so much about WHY you do certain things, not just that you have to do them because the teacher says so. Most importantly I learnt that I was doing it right all this time, hooray! and I learnt why certain things go wrong and how to fix them, by making a lot of mistakes and by watching the group too. I definitely recommend anyone who has done a bit of screen printing before to take the workshop.

Expect NO screen prints from me in the near future while I am overwhelmed with knowledge and ideas but maybe in a month or so.....

July Lino Printing Workshop

Things got really tense at the July lino printing workshop when I introduced the concept of reduction printing! You could see the worry tinged with excitement when the group put down their first layers of colour and began thinking about what to cut away next. Nerve-racking stuff but amazing results!

* * There will be no class in August but I will be back running the monthly sessions at Fancy in September, to be notified when I set the date send me an email and i'll add you to my mailing list * * 

Friday, 26 July 2013

BedPop 'Great Bedfordian' Foldees : Mayor Dave

BedPop is taking over the Tourist Information Centre for one day only to showcase some of the incredible creative talent that Bedford has to offer and to give the people of Bedford (and tourists) something they really want to buy!
The Circus of Illustration has decided to get involved by producing a range of illustrated 'Great Bedfordian' constructable-foldable paper characters. Here is mine, a linocut of Mayor Dave Hodgson. He cut his beard during the production of my foldee so he now has an 'optional' beard. I do love a beard, I couldn't leave that out.

BedPop is open 9.30-4.00pm, Saturday 27th July.
'Make Your Own Foldee' workshop - 2pm - 4pm.

The second COI Zine will be launching at BedPop too but I will wait to reveal my illustration from it until a few have sold. I've gotta give you some incentive to buy one! (There is a bare bum in my illustration just incase you needed any more incentive.)


I channelled my inner 60's flower child again to produce the poster design for the second Far Out. I love working in this style and using so much colour is exciting!! Get in touch if you want to commission a poster or a design in this style, I love it! 

FAR OUT is a quarterly music event in Hitchin, playing nonstop music from 1960-1979. Dress enthusiastically. 

Monday, 8 July 2013

A new endeavour

A few weeks ago I ran my second linocut workshop which was a roaring success. I was a bit worried about organising these workshops independently because no one might want to come! Whenever I have done an evening class or workshop before I have always been guaranteed to get paid because someone else was planning the rest, I would just have to turn up! I was hugely surprised when the first workshop sold out and the second one was equally as popular. I'm hoping to make these workshops a monthly event, changing the theme every now and then but still keeping the relaxed feel of them.

I've been very lucky with the sheer bloody loveliness of the attendees I've had, all very positive and friendly, they have all created such a buzz, it's been a joy for me to be there watching the designs develop and chat away to people.

If you don't care about any of this then just come for the cake. Oh the cake! It is GLORIOUS.

These linocut workshops are aimed at beginners, you don't need to have any experience with linocutting before as I guide you through it, but if you are a bit more confident that that's great! I will push those ones to be a bit more adventurous, and I always ome prepared with plenty of spare materials if it all goes tits up.

The next workshop is on Thursday 25th July and this time we will be printing onto A6 sized notebooks.
7 pm - 10pm
Fancy, 35 Roff Avenue, Bedford 
£25 with all materials provided

Email me ( if you'd like to find out more or book your space! (Watch out as these workshops do seem to be booking up quick!)

The 'Bedfringe' Clanger

Here's this month's Bedford Clanger looking good with my illustration on the cover.