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It’s All About The Technical Details!

6 Mar

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March 16th and 17th at Swansea Print Workshop I’m running a course in woodcut printmaking using MDF.

“Q. Can you use MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) for woodcut prints?

A. Yes you can – as long as you get the technical details right.

Q. And how do I make sure that I get a nice quality print?

A. Again, it’s about getting the technical details right.

Q. And can I make these prints at home, without needing a specialist press?

A. Oh yes. But only if you get the technical details right.”

This short course covers:  safety, cutting, tools and tool maintenance, sealants, choosing the right papers and inks, printing with chine collé, printing by hand and press. At the end of two days you’ll have at least two original prints, one monochrome and one with colour, and enough know-how to get stuck into making your own original woodcut prints with MDF.

And you’ll get a chance to use this fabulous Victorian Columbian Press …

 

Please follow the link here if you’d like to book a place or find out about other courses coming up ….

Playing With Words

5 Mar

annibyniaeth

I was really inspired to do more text-based work after completing “Here Be Dragons”, my recent commission for the Sky Arts TV Channel. I find myself doodling words and letters and making them more visual, more pictorial. Here’s the start of a new woodcut – maybe. I’m working it up in my home-made walnut ink onto a piece of vintage Somerset watercolour paper. It needs a lot more working out, but the potential’s there. “Here Be Dragons” was entirely in English so I want to try out a Welsh word this time.

Bunting

3 Mar

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I spent a lovely hour or so painting bunting at an event organised by Women4Resources,  a small organisation working with women and girls in partnership between Wales and Africa to promote education. Today was about promoting wellbeing and I loved just chilling out with women of all ages, chatting and doing some painting for fun, instead of for work. It took the pressure off. I based my little bit of bunting on the Welsh word “menywod” which means women. I got quite psychedelic.

There’s some confusion about the origin of the word “bunting”, with some sources citing it as French, others as Scottish. When I was little I thought it was a verb and wondered how you might ‘bunt’.  Apparently it is something to do with American baseball.

 

Saint David’s Day Night

2 Mar

 

Tomos March 2019

Husb and I went to a lovely evening at GS Artists (formerly Galerie Simpson) on Swansea’s High Street yesterday. In an evening celebrating Saint David’s Day (the patron saint of Wales) the talented Tomos Sparnon introduced the first of a series of Welsh Conversationals, Welsh Language events at the gallery focusing on ‘Mynegiant’ (Expression) in Welsh art. It was bi-lingual in an easy and lighthearted way, with a slide show of work that illustrated the list of Welsh words. He covered artists Gwen John, Peter Prendegast, Seren Morgan Jones, Ogwyn Davies, Tim Davies and his own, rather lovely, work. Of course, I had a scribble. And made notes, And learned some new Welsh words. And there was some lovely home-made leek quiche made by the effervescent Jane Simpson.

Unveiled!

24 Feb

Yes Cymru

So, over a year since the initial idea, four months in the research and making, my artwork “Here Be Dragons” finally unveiled at the Sky Arts ART50 festivals in Newcastle and London. Here I am with the original at The Barbican in London yesterday talking to visitors about the concept – a new flag for Britain – in printmaking natch – a woodcut actually – biggest one I’ve done but more on the tecchie stuff later.

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And up in Newcastle they printed up a whole load of them and covered the place!

I met so many lovely people at The Barbican who were really interested in my sketchbook and my printmaking – if you’re looking in THANKS FOR STOPPING BY.

And also many thanks to all the people who have been encouraging me over the past year and more to push out of my comfort zone and create “Here Be Dragons”. Crikey, it’s like the flippin’ Oscars lol 😀

 

Here Be Dragons At The Barbican, London

20 Feb

A free arts festival at London’s Barbican Centre on Saturday February 23rd from 12 noon to 8pm. My work, “Here Be Dragons” will be featured alongside many other artworks commissioned by the TV channel Sky Arts for their ART50 project about post-Brexit Britain.

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I did this humungous woodcut print with chine collé inspired by the concept of a new flag for post-Brexit Britain. My work is dystopian, I cannot remember the nation being so fractured and divided. One of the roles of an artist is to hold up a mirror to society and reflect back what’s going on. That’s what I’ve tried to do here.

 

The Sky Arts series of films and programming will be aired in the UK on March 25th.

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Hairdos

18 Feb

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I go to lots of talks at galleries and museums and it’s a good opportunity to have a bit of a scribble, but it usually means drawing backs of heads. That’s okay though because any practice is good. And if there’s a cluster of people, there’s a chance to get to grips with a bit of proportion and perspective as well.

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And hairdos….

 

Tatts And Flowers

16 Feb

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I went to a talk at the Glynn Vivian art gallery in Swansea a few days ago and had a quick scribble of people in the audience. I noticed this woman with an armful of tattoos, a big hairbow and a retro floral dress. Made me smile.

We Are The Revolting Women

15 Feb

revolting women

The Revolting Women. That’s Patricia McKenna-Jones and me! We’re up to all sorts of arty shenanigans for International Women’s Day on March 8th at Swansea’s Cinema & Co. You are very welcome to join us from 5.30 onwards  for the launch of our exhibition “The Personal Is Political” and an evening of art, film, cake, inspirational women and a pop-up kitchen.

There will be a guest speaker, local entrepreneur Laura Niehorster of Proud Pads will do a short talk about her venture; and two short films from Jen Wilson and Margot Morgan. There’s also delicious South American food from Ele’s Pop Up Kitchen and Patricia and I will be making loads of complimentary cakes.

And if you want more, later on Anna from Cinema & Co is showing the film “Infinity” about the artist Yayoi Kusama. Tickets for Infinity are separate and must be bought in advance – here’s a link.

Patricia and I have been drawing in out sketchbooks for many years and we’ve taken a selection of these sketches and turned them into monotype, cyanotype and woodcut prints based on our ethos that the personal is political. Our observation of everyday life represents a conscious decision to portray ‘ordinary’ people rather than the wealthy and powerful, who we feel are over-represented as subjects in art.

So come along if you’re out and about.

ps – “What about International Men’s Day?” some might ask. Well, it’s every year on November 19th…..

Tent City

13 Feb

tent city

Back in 2012 I was up in London for a couple of days and looked in on the Occupy London camp outside St. Paul’s Cathedral. I had a scribble, it was a higgledy piggledy mass of multi-coloured tents and ramshackle structures and it was great to draw in my little sketchbook. This is a detail of a larger monotype I’ve just done, based on my original drawing. I’ve used Caligo Cranfield Safe Wash relief ink onto a lovely vintage paper by WH Saunders and various tissues for chine collé to add splashes of colour.

This monotype will appear in my forthcoming exhibition, “Revolting Women” with artist Patricia McKenna-Jones, on International Women’s Day, March 8th at Swansea’s Cinema & Co.

 

 

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