Up The Workers (with added cat)!

24 Feb

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I have a permanent exhibition at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir where I am one of the gallery artists. Started by Gayle Rogers and Chris Williams just over a year ago, The Workers has developed into a major cultural force in The Rhondda Valley. Originally the village library, Gayle and Chris took it over after it was closed down due to massive government cutbacks that have blighted so many deprived areas.

The stages of a block print: cutting, inking first colour, inking second colour, final print

The stages of a block print: cutting, inking colour 1, inking colour 2, final print

As well as a warm and welcoming place to visit, The Workers provides studio and workshop space for artists Gayle and Chris, has a main gallery space hosting an excellent programme of contemporary art, and another exhibition space for its gallery artists. At the moment, I am exhibiting a suite of eight block prints, inspired by a visit to Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial in the snow a few winters ago. There will be a major new exhibition of work by the gallery artists opening in mid-March – more news on that to come.

Printing the first colour on the antique Columbian Press at Swansea Print Workshop

Printing the first colour on the antique Columbian Press at Swansea Print Workshop

I’ve used vinyl ‘soft cut’ blocks from Intaglio Printmaker in London and their litho / relief ink. The prints are two-colour reduction relief prints: I cut away the areas to be left white and printed a mid grey, then cut away the areas to be left grey and printed black. This is often called the ‘suicide’ method by printmakers because it destroys the block and there’s no turning back!

cat and cut

Here’s my cat, Sparta Puss, ‘helping’ with the cutting. A dangerous business, she has no concept of ‘Elfin Safety!

15 Responses to “Up The Workers (with added cat)!”

  1. planetmetalhead February 25, 2016 at 18:00 #

    That Columbian Press looks sexy and dangerous at the same time!

  2. Leonie Andrews February 25, 2016 at 10:27 #

    Cats know best (at least no one will tell them otherwise)πŸ˜€

  3. allesistgut February 25, 2016 at 08:48 #

    Your prints are always awesome. And that you often use old machines is very likeable. Have a happy day! πŸ™‚

  4. seascapesaus February 25, 2016 at 04:27 #

    Presses always speak of earlier eras! I don’t suppose they manufacture them in the good new days. It sounds as though your Berlin visit made an impact Rosie. I hope to see your prints (here). Cheers, Philippa

    • Rosie Scribblah February 25, 2016 at 05:30 #

      Thank you, Philippines. Modern presses are good but not as pretty πŸ˜€

      • seascapesaus February 25, 2016 at 10:14 #

        Fancy me being the Philippines! I knew I was terrific but…autocorrect? My bubble is burst.

      • Rosie Scribblah February 27, 2016 at 06:41 #

        Hahahaha, predictive text 😁

      • Rosie Scribblah February 25, 2016 at 20:41 #

        hahaha predictive text!!! πŸ˜€

  5. paperstew February 25, 2016 at 00:11 #

    That press is impressive! Ha ha ha! I wish I had something like that in my neighborhood. Sparta is so helpful.

  6. Donna Sands February 24, 2016 at 15:06 #

    What a cool press! and lovely kitty!

    • Rosie Scribblah February 24, 2016 at 15:14 #

      aawww thank you, she’s a charmer. The press is cool, isn’t it?

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