Here is a garden-themed web banner I designed in June for Green City Events, using a paper stencil style.
You can see it here, close up, on their lovely website
Here are some photos from Sunday’s screen printing session at Emma’s, which was wonderful fun. Many tea towels and canvas bags were adorned with Scandinavian horses (based on my recent paper cut design). Almost by accident the original design worked well as a repeat pattern, so we have a mixture of repeats in a fiery orange, and a single, larger image in a rich chocolate brown. ‘Vilda Hästar’ is Swedish for ‘Wild Horses’…
As I’ve previously mentioned, I love Scandinavian design, and have enjoyed experimenting with a paper cutting technique to inform the look of the finished print. Maybe the forthcoming cabins will take a similar route?
While researching (alongside the arranging and rearranging of my Mum’s Swedish horse collection), I came across the wonderful website that deserves a share: ‘From Scandinavia With Love’. It is truly inspiring. Click on the image below (these are just a few of my favourites on there) to visit the site. Searching ‘Print’ brings up some nice things and then you may, like me, spend hours lusting after a home of multi coloured chairs and procrastinating on the internets for a Very Long Time.
The tea towels and bags will be launched at the forthcoming market at Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff on Sunday 8 July. There will also be prints, both 5 colour and 1 colour, available.
Following that they’ll be on sale in my online shop…
I am running three workshops this summer at the Cardiff Open Art School. They’ll all take place at the Howard Gardens Campus up in the Printmaking department. Places are limited to book soon to ensure you get a place…
Saturday 28 July 2012, 10am – 4pm
During this one-day course you will explore ways to work with a range of media, from paper to found objects, magazine pages to rubber stamps. Taking inspiration from life, the media, collage practitioners and your imagination you will create several collages, and learn about the ideas behind this fun and fascinating medium of cutting and sticking.
Saturday 4 August, 10 am – 4 pm
During this class you will explore several approaches to making a book, from traditional Western and Eastern stitch bindings to one-sheet books, concertina and pocket books and also more innovative and surprising ideas for what books can be.
Saturday 11 August, 10 am – 3 pm
Come and play with a range of original wooden and metal type and learn how type was designed, set and printed before the rise of digital technology. For all font enthusiasts and those wishing to try out a new process that is being brought back to life by artists and designers across the world.
All of these courses can be booked over the phone: 029 2041 6628 or click here to book online. Do share with friends etc – the more, the merrier!
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:
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.
Reading is a form of escape – you begin the story, turn pages, absorb the characters. Curious, you continue. You are hooked, making that world your own. You ‘become’ the book. This act of stepping into stories is the concern of my current altered book. I am using paper cuts, print and hand drawn letters to explore the way our consciousness shifts and imagination opens up once a book ‘lets you in’, as it were.
Below is the first page. Click on the image to see a little further into the book.
I will be exhibiting the finished piece at Cardiff Central Library’s book arts exhibition in March, so come along to see it in the flesh.
Angela Carter once remarked that “Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.”
So perhaps readers as well as artists are alterers of books? Carving the settings and characters and ideas to create their own version of the text…
I’m escaping Cardiff myself to attend the Bath Literature Festival which kicks off this weekend. There’s folk music and discussion to be enjoyed at Electric Eden on Saturday evening followed by a talk by another of my literary heroines, Marina Warner, on Sunday morning.
Lastly, today I found a woodcut of a peacock that I made a few years ago. I’d cut away some of the image, but below is what was left on the wood –
Have a marvellous weekend!