Tag Archives: Cardiff Open Art School

Yarning, printing and April places

30 Mar

This week I have mostly been designing a poster for the Just Yarn It project in Salisbury. Here’s the finished piece, inspired by the colour and composition of 1930s Russian book covers and propaganda. I also used a section of my  ‘I want to leave the city’ screen printed book.

I’m sensing a knitting theme coming on (having recently completed the Gorilla’s Guide to Guerilla Knitting screen print), and may even start adorning some more railings and lamp posts and bike racks soon.

Earlier this week I discovered the bright designs of Saul Bass, having spotted his children’s book Henri’s Walk to Paris, recently republished by Rizzoli/Universe Books. Written by Leonore Klein, who penned only a handful of children’s books, the story is about a young boy who lives in a small French town and dreams of visiting Paris. I love the bold colours and typography which falls off the page, each spread looking like a retro film poster.

In other news, today I am officially becoming a member of the Printhaus, which means I will be continuing my growing screen printing habit for at least six months! It’ll be great to be among fellow printmakers and illustrators making stuff, and I’m planning to branch out into screen printed canvas bags and even crockery if I can get the right transfers.

Some places you’ll find me in April:

1. My Garden. Digging and raking and planting and watering fruits, herbs, vegetables… already the garlic, basil, coriander, lemon balm and raspberry canes are growing like mad, and I can’t wait to get my hands in the soil again over easter weekend!

2. Art Carbootique at Chapter Arts Centre
Sunday 15 April, 11.00 – 6.00 pm
I’ve got a pitch at this! I will be showing and selling my prints, illustrations and books alongside running experimental book making, folding and drawing workshops throughout the day. Fingers crossed for sunny weather!

More details here: http://www.chapter.org/26527.html

3. Teaching another Letterpress Printmaking course, back by popular demand:
Cardiff School of Art and Design – Howard Gardens Campus
Saturday 21 April, 10.00 – 3.00 pm

Spend a day learning how to set and print type, using a range of smaller lead and larger wooden fonts. Great for creating birthday cards, business cards, postcards, artist books or type-inspired illustration, this course is suitable for all abilities.
Book your place & more information: http://cardiff-school-of-art-and-design.org/coas/courses/ 

More soon!

Letterpress Day in pictures

12 Feb

Here are a few photos from the Letterpress course I taught at the Cardiff Open Art School, where we explored both traditional and more playful approaches to the printing of type. ‘Twas a pleasure to run this course – and there’ll be more of these coming in the spring. Keep an eye on the COAS website for future courses (dates to be confirmed shortly).

Two of the people on the course were graphic designers / illustrators, so we had  a lot to talk about. So this weekend’s recommendation is the work of Lucy Daniels, greeting card extraordinaire and Matt Joyce, who works at Cardiff design studio See What You Mean. 

There’s to be a printmaking exhibition… showcasing work produced in the print-related evening and day classes run by COAS. It’ll be held at Howard Gardens campus so you can see some of the photographed work for real. Plus I’ll be putting some of my screen prints in which is exciting – at tomorrow’s class I’ll be printing an 8-fold book called ‘Did you know that flapjacks can rhyme?’ – pictures to be posted here soon.

“Outside a dog…” the first of many lino prints

22 Dec

“Outside a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. But inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

Groucho Marx said this gem. Very wise man. I have printed it as a lino cut in an array of colourways using the Breton printing press. It was a joyful sight to peel the first proof away from the sticky ink on the lino and find that it had worked… and then the production line began! Here is the lino: it looks pretty cool, I think, dyed with the ink so you can see the relief of the surface carved away.

And here are the proofs printed so far. I printed onto coloured paper, using inks that are of a similar colour to the base. My personal  favourite is the burgundy / dark purple on the rich brown, and also the dark green on ochre (which was a Photoshop experiment using the original below).

Lino printing is very theraputic – I’m still deciding how many of these prints to do properly and will most probably select about five colourways to go into production with! In the new year I plan to set up a shop, to sell these prints, the Verb Garden and digital prints of my illustration work.

Also in 2012 I’m going to be doing some art work for band Hotel Yeboah, as well as developing the picture book The Rocket Dog with my friend Kath Latham. Following a conversation with the lovely Nick from Hotel Yeboah I’m planning on sketching out some strange animal / weather combinations (a nice thing to do next week, perhaps). Other things include combining my love of printing and book making to make some artist books which combine illustration, lino cut and letterpress / typography. I’ll post developments up as I go!


in perusing the internets I stumbled across a few artists / shops worth sharing. I do this quite a lot. So… this is the first in a new section I’ll be adding to my blog in 2012 called I WANT THIS IN MY LIFE (or something along these lines). It will be a cooking pot of illustrators, textiles, books, webshops and other e-phemera which I feel are worth sharing and recommending to you. 

Firstly, this slug risograph print by illustrator Eleanor Meredith.  It’s sold by Howkapow, a design store showcasing unique artwork and gifts. , . I love the loose lines and the smile of the slimy creature!

– The screen printed books, cards and limited edition prints by Brighton artist Alice Pattullo, sold through the Shop Floor Project. I especially like this one:

The hand painted, illustrated ceramics of James Ward – cups which stack to make animals various, always satisfying! Click here to check out the full range of drawn-on crockery…

And last but not least, I really like the look of The Midnight Folk by John Masefield, with illustrations by the incredible Sara Ogilvie. I love her work. Originally published in 1927 it has been beautifully reprinted by the Folio Society. I want it in my life!

I hope you enjoy following these links, may they inspire you / tempt you to buy them!

2012 Evening Class

From Monday 9 January, for 10 Mondays from 7-9 pm, I will be teaching the Introduction to Handmade Books course again for the Cardiff Open Art School. I’ll be combining a range of binding and folding techniques with an opportunity to develop your own artist book using illustration, printmaking and mixed media. Find out more and sign up here!

So, without further ado, I hope you have a cosy Christmas full of mince pies shiny baubles sloe gin and festive merriment! May 2012 be awesome. thanks for reading x 

Ladies of Letterpress: a weekend workshop in pictures…

7 Aug

Fonts galore! Messy inks turning our prints into all kinds of colours on an old Adana 6×4 letterpress and a cute little flat bed. Welcome to a peek at this weekend’s Letterpress workshops, as part of the COAS Summerschool. Big thanks to Heather, Ruby and Nanna for taking part and creating some fantastic prints and designs. Below are some pictures to give you an idea of what we did…

All pictures copyright Sarah Edmonds / the artists!

The Letterpress weekend course at Howard Gardens will run again next year. Keep checking the WORKSHOPS page for news of forthcoming classes / creative get togethers etc. We four ladies of letterpress from this weekend hope to meet again (sounds like the witches of Macbeth!) for a crafty catch up!

I was pleased to win a load of interesting type on eBay last week, which should be arriving in the post very soon. Expect some further letterpress play coming soon from me!

Blackstock’s Collection: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant (I wish there was wallpaper like this)

24 Jun

I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks. My veg garden is being very demanding : the potatos look like a small forest, bean plants more like beanstalks and an onslaught of over 50 pumpkin/squash hybrids sprung unannounced from the compost heap. I now have 4 glorious days off work to get some stuff done. Including visiting the Cardiff School of Art and Design degree show (last day today), research for forthcoming workshops, making stuff, drawing, digging and resting.

Book for today: Blackstock’s Collections: the drawings of an Artistic Sauvant.

Blackstock is autistic and an artistic savant. He creates visual lists of everything from wasps to hats to emergency vehicles to noisemakers. “Blackstock’s Collections” contains over 100 extraordinary examples of his splendidly original taxonomy, offering a unique look inside the mind of a man making sense of life through art. He has simplified the subtle differences between ‘families’ of objects and animals. I would love this as wallpaper, or pages pasted up randomly around my house so I could absorb these facts so cleverly drawn.

Check it OUT – click on the book’s front cover to visit Amazon.

I have a few things to post up (and hopefully more bits I’ll make and draw over the long weekend). Breakfast now!

Transform and tinker…

2 Mar

This is a recipe for escape – an altered book – is now complete and installed in the Book Arts Exhibition at Cardiff Central library together with other bits of my work. Here is a spread from the finished piece – click on the image to look further inside this book.

If you want to have a go yourself at altering books and tinkering with text, I am running a 2 – day weekend workshop  on 16 – 17 April, as part of Cardiff Open Art School.

During two intensive day-sessions you will learn how to revamp an old book with all sorts of paper-cuts, pop-ups, folding and gluing. Taking inspiration from contemporary book and paper artists, you will alter the content and shape of the original pages and gain an insight into how to completely transform the size, shape and function of a book. The book will be your canvas, and your task to use what it already contains to create something unique.

Click here for further details and to book your place.

In researching altered books and paper sculpture I’ve come across some stunning artwork, a few pieces of which I’d like to share:

The incredible book sculptures of Brian Dettmer, crafted from encyclopaedias, dictionaries and antique texts:

Brian Dettmer Altered Dictionary

The living breathing creatures that are Georgia Russell’s paper-cuts:

and the magical worlds which grow from the pages of Su Blackwell’s books:

Click on each image to link to the artists’ websites, see more examples of their work and find out a little more about the ways to tinker and transform books and paper.

Forthcoming Book Making Evening Class!

7 Dec

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here – had some long needed hibernation time spent restoring an old letterpress (more on that soon) and making Christmas presents and generally shambling wrapped in many many layers! Over the next week or so I’ll post up new work and links and all sorts of other things, but right now I want to tell you about an evening class I’ll be starting in January:

Introduction to Handmade Books – Evening Class

Starting on Monday 17 January 2011, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Ten week course at Howard Gardens School of Art and Design in Cardiff.

Find out more and book a place: click here!

The handmade book is an exciting and versatile form, which artists continue to be inspired by. During the course you will explore a variety of folding, binding, covering and finishing techniques, with access to a collection of artists books to gather ideas from. Examples will include one-sheet books, concertina and pocket books, several stitched-binding techniques, and also more innovative and surprising ways to construct and finish your book.
To develop your skills you will work on several inspiring projects, using a range of recycled materials, ephemera, papers and photographs to construct unique journals, albums and story -books.  You will also have the opportunity to alter existing books and transform old pages into works of art.

Drop me a line at sarie8 (at) gmail.com if you have any questions about the course. Please do pass this information on to anyone who might be interested. Looking forward to seeing you there.