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Market day

17 Apr

Thanks to those of you who came along to the Art Carbootique at Chapter Arts Centre on Sunday. ‘Twas great to catch up with everyone and find enthusiastic homes for my prints / books. The girls on the pitch next door were painting faces, so once the queue of kids started to tail off I had them paint an owl on me!

Here are a couple of action shots, for those of you who couldn’t make it –

Top photo by Matthew Simkins, bottom by Chapter Arts Centre. You can see more pics of the day on their Facebook page.

The Gorilla’s Guides (to Guerilla Kniting) went down well, as did the owl canvas bags and my friend Emma Levey‘s screen printed cards and illustrations (above you can see a man pondering her snazzy spaceships) which I had on the stall as well. Also sold a few of my new print below, entitled Reykjavik. 

I only decided to do 3 colours after I’d made the screen, so ended up embarking on a fiddly masking business with parcel tape to create the separate areas. This print is in a limited edition of 9 so I’ll soon arrange some giclee prints of it.  The same goes for my Gorilla’s Guide – once these prints arrive, I’ll get them up on the Big Cartel store.

Next I’ll be working on some colour experiments of the owl print, in 2 colours, some wedding stationary for an old friend, the brief being ‘Pigeons’ and a deck chair collaboration with Matthew. Sketchbook snippets coming soon!

On Saturday I’m teaching the Letterpress Course at Howard Gardens and I think there’s a few spaces left, still, if you fancied having a go at a classic printing technique. Often, what people spend the most time over in class is deciding what to type set – a quote,  a headline, a greeting… so for this class I’m going to bring some snippets with me to start sparking ideas…

And now for some recommendations:

Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colours. Here is one of my favourites, a mechanical, folky number with vivid yellows and deep teals which sit upon oatmeals, a bird in control.
Their website: http://www.marimekko.com/ 

Laivakoira fabric

SMUG is an independent shop in Islington filled with 1950s furniture, handmade toys, gorgeous stationery, quirky kitchenware, and chic ceramics. Their animal of choice is a guinea pig, featured as a screen print on this beautiful canvas bag and there’s a Pop-up print shop upstairs. Have a browse through their online shop: http://www.ifeelsmug.com/products

Also in London is Ray Stitch, a stunning haberdashery which also has a delicious looking cafe. This Friday night, Janine of Uppercase Magazine is holding a meet & greet at the shop… I’m unable to make it, but feel a trip to London / Islington is certainly on the cards soon. So much to investigate and be inspired by! I bought my copy of Uppercase Issue 13 today from their website, can’t wait for it to land on the doormat.

Here’s the link to the news page on their website… http://www.raystitch.co.uk/news.html and there’s some rather natty bicycle cotton from Birch Organics on there that I’m eagerly eyeing up!

Speaking of sewing, I came across a project very much worth sharing called 100 acts of sewing. The aim is to create 100 dresses over the course of 2012 in attempt to revalue and nurture those skills required to make garments, which are very much displaced from the point of purchasing clothing on the high street. These designs are all so thoughtful and just the tunic-style I like to wear.

May well get the sewing machine out and work my way though the archive of fabric building beneath the table…
That’s all for now! More soon.

Screen printing and a trip to Bristol

29 Jan


Who’s seen Noel Fielding’s new comedy? I’m planning to take to the sofa very soon and catch up on good ol’ iplayer. But before that, I’m pleased to announced (cue trumpet!) that on Saturday 25 February I’ll be having a stall at Ffotogallery’s annual (ish) Book Arts Fayre. I’ll have a range of work with me to show and sell, from illustrations to brand newly printed / designed books. Occasions like these are good for making me focus my ideas and create / develop some new techniques.

When I’m looking for ideas (and because much of my work features animals / nature) I take myself to the natural history part of the museum. Upon my visit last weekend I encountered the skeleton of a (now extinct) Irish Elk. Its antlers were spectacular, and I made a sketch (Its neighbour was a ginger bison exactly the same colour as my hair).

…and then developed the sketch into a tonal illustration, brought to life with book print for an antler. Perhaps this alludes to the fact that this creature, now, survives only through story?

Since the start of this term I’ve been taking a screenprinting course at the Cardiff Open Art School – I’m truly addicted now, and look forward to setting up at home.  We began with paper stencils, and below is one of the stencils for a two- colour print. It’s about escaping from a bustling city into open spaces, once in a while.

Here is the finished print – I like the third colour created by the slightly mis-matched registration. The middle illustration is upside down, as I designed it to be a single-sheet book – although it looks nice in its own right, I think.

Click here to visit the NEW PRINTMAKING PAGE see what the print looks like folded up into a book…
I need to start thinking about a design to use for a photo stencil, for tomorrow’s class.

Letterpress Weekend Course
On 11th and 12th February I will be teaching another Letterpress weekend class at the Cardiff Open Art School. Visit their website to find out more and book!

An inspiring Bristol trip.

Yesterday I spent the afternoon wandering around Montpelier with friends. First stop was the Here Gallery (which I’ve been meaning to visit for some time) which stocks a hoard of illustrations, prints, handmade books and small press zines. Check out their website for opening times and details of upcoming exhibitions.

There I bought Issue 12 of the ever pleasing Uppercase Magazine, which focuses this issue on cartography, artistic adventure and a love of paper. I’m looking forward to burying my nose between the (very well designed) pages. The cover artwork, below, is by Jennifer Collier: view her wonderful ephemera-inspired creations right here.

I also purchased The New Ghost by Robert Hunter, an illustrated story/comic published by NoBrow press. It follows a ghost who, on his first day, accidentally makes friends with a human astronomer. The page layouts and colours are innovative and the story subtly told. Below is a spread from the book: click on the cover to find out more about this title and others on the NoBrow website.

When we arrived we ate toast in this cafe – I’m currently working on a shop-front illustration and plan to use this as reference.

Then later, following an afternoon of galleries charity shops cafes and conversation, we climbed onto the roof of a friend’s house as the day slipped towards dusk.