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The Second Of Four ….

2 Mar
The second screenprint of manholes

Here’s the second of my series of 4 prints based on photographs of manhole covers (by Melvyn Williams) in the Waun Wen area of the city. The images are accompanied by the Welsh place names and their English translation, dating from pre-Industrial times when it was rural and they evoke a rather beautiful landscape.

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts 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.

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

The First Of Four ….

28 Feb

The first of the manhole series completed.

I’ve completed my series of four screenprints, inspired by my recent residency on the Waun Wen area of the city. Here’s the first, combining the images of three local manhole covers (from photos taken by Melvyn Williams), with text featuring local Welsh place names and their English translation. These transport us back to a time before the Industrial Revolution when the area was rural and unspoilt. Delightful.

Working with residents and students.

I set up some screen printing stations on the last few Tuesdays at the community centre and invited local residents to come and join me and have a go, with engineering students from Swansea University who were getting some experience of the arts. It’s been a wonderful project and I’m sorry it’s over, but I’m looking forward having a rest!

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts 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.

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

Spoons, Screenprints And So Long

27 Feb
Ceramicist Esther and resident John.

I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog for a few days, been busy with the last of my arts project in the Waun Wen area of the city. Today was the final session, saying so long to the residents and other artists who have been getting involved over the past 15 weeks and collecting porcelain cups and spoons and screen prints. And drinking tea and eating cake. Lush.

Spoons and screenprints.

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts 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.

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

The Blues On A Sunny Day

24 Feb
The Big Reveal!

Just a few more days left of my residency in the Waun Wen area of the city and Dan McCabe from Swansea’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery came up and did a fab session about indigo dyeing with some local residents. It’s the topic of one of their latest exhibitions. The weather’s been awful recently, three major storms in a row, but the afternoon was lovely, sunny and bright so we were all able to go outside.

It’s a messy business.

When the wet material is first unfolded, the indigo is green but it quickly changes to blue after a few seconds of exposure to oxygen. It’s like magic! It’s the traditional colour of denim , a heavy-duty fabric for work-clothes from France. And we all know it as the colour of blue jeans.

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts 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.

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

Four So Far.

16 Feb
Waun Wen manhole covers from original photos by Melvyn Williams.

Wait And See.

Four of my screenprints of Waun Wen manholes have two colours printed so far. There’s one more with just one colour, so the second colour will be screened later this week. And then they’ll all have some text overprinted but you’ll have to wait and see …..

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks.

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts 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.

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

First Timer Squeegee Technique!

15 Feb
Manholes looking a bit celestial.

I was at Waun Wen Community Centre again today, carrying on with the screenprints based on manhole covers (from photos by Melvyn Williams), don’t they look a bit like celestial bodies? I was helped by some local residents who dropped by and decided to try out some screenprinting. In fact, they printed them all! I set up the screens and measured out the inks, but then they went for it and printed over 100 pieces in 5 different designs. They showed some terrific squeegee technique for first timers.

On the floor!

Finding space to dry …..

We ran out of table space and had to dry some of them on the floor! It didn’t take long though as I’m using water-based Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint mixed with Screenprinting Medium.

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts 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.

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

Colour Overlap.

13 Feb
Two colour screen print: manhole covers.

A quiet but productive afternoon in Waun Wen community centre today, continuing with my screenprint series based on images of local manhole covers from original photographs by Melvyn Williams. I mixed Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint, Process Magenta, into screenprint medium and overprinted the Process Blue images I did a few days ago. Where the translucent colours overlap there are flashes of purple and lilac.

Screenprinting selfie

I was joined by our local councillor Hannah who is also an experienced screenprinter and she printed another set of manhole images in blue, on the floor behind us. I’m not used to taking selfies, this wasn’t my first attempt to get something half decent 😀

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts 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.

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

The First Print.

10 Feb
The very first silkscreen print of the Waun Wen manhole covers.

Manhole Covers In Blue

Here’s the very first screenprint of my series of manhole covers of Waun Wen. I started with an original photo by Melvyn Williams, digitally altered it in Adobe Photoshop, printed it onto a sheet of acetate with an inkjet printer, and used that as a negative to create a photoscreen. Then I printed it onto paper using Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint mixed with System 3 screenprinting medium.

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts 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.

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

Screwing Down The Hinge Clamps.

9 Feb
Screwing the screen clamps to the screen bed.

Getting Prepared

I’m working on a community arts project in the Waun Wen area of the city for the next few weeks and I’m going to be doing some screenprinting demonstrations. I bought some new kits for the project with screens, squeegees and screen hinge clamps so they can be used on portable bases. I had some 18mm MDF cut to size and screwed the screen clamps to them. And here’s one below, ready to go!

Taped, clamped and ready for action.

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts 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.

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

Manholes And Parcel Tape

8 Feb
Ready to tidy up the edges of exposed photoscreens screens

Sealing The Edges

I had a contented afternoon at Waun Wen Community Centre today, preparing my photoscreens by fixing parcel tape around the interior edges to seal the space between the edge of the photo-solution and the frame of the screen. This has to be done before printing otherwise the ink will seep though onto the paper.

The edges of the screen have been sealed with parcel tape.

The images are developed from digitally altered photos of manhole and stopcock covers on local pavements (taken by Melvyn Williams).

Part of the Home and Hinterland community arts project in partnership with Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the antique taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these vintage artefacts 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.

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

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