Male Model And Paper Mills

20 Sep

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Here’s a completed piece in charcoal I did at last Thursday’s life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. It was the first session since lockdown began in March and it was so good to be back. Because of the current restrictions, we were only able to have 5 drawers plus the model and it was fully booked straight away. I managed to get a place at the last minute after someone pulled out. It’s so much better than drawing from the televised and Zoom sessions that have been available. They’re ok, but there’s something missing. Our model has grown an enormous lockdown beard since we last saw him so drawing that as well as a mask was new!

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It also gave me a chance to use some lovely vintage paper from the W. H. Saunders mill, which no longer exists. It’s a shame that so many paper mills have been lost in the UK, there used to be loads but now there are just a few left in the English county of Somerset. St. Cuthbert’s Mill, dating from the 1700s, makes a lot of the traditional papers we use at Swansea Print Workshop and there’s another, more recent one, the Two Rivers Mill, that I’m keen to try out. And there’s a small mill at Wookey Hole, which has been operating since at least 1610, and currently uses Victorian machinery. I think I’ll have to do a road trip to Somerset and trek around the paper mills. That’s my idea of a good time. I’m such a geek.


A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.


8 Responses to “Male Model And Paper Mills”

  1. Leonie Andrews September 21, 2020 at 04:22 #

    Geek on! I would so go on a road trip to Wookey Hole to visit a papermill (according to the bloody autocorrect I would go on a road trip to see a paperclip 🤣🤣🤣).

  2. Alli Farkas September 21, 2020 at 01:09 #

    Hey, I would go on a geeky paper mill tour with you! We used to have a lot of paper mills here in the US in a region we like to call “New England” 😄. Although we apparently have hundreds of paper manufacturers still in the country, I could only locate 6 that make art papers. Mostly in New England or nearby.

    • Rosie Scribblah September 21, 2020 at 09:54 #

      Yes, doing a search here threw up a load of paper manufacturers, but they mostly made toilet paper lol 😀

  3. Lois September 21, 2020 at 00:05 #

    That’s stunning! Brilliant!!

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