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Look What I’ve Got ….

31 Mar

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I’ve got a brand new portable printing press. From the Portable Printing Press Company. It’s lush.

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I’ve put it on top of my antique mangle, which isn’t in good enough condition to turn into a printing press itself, but it’s really solid and sturdy so it’s a good base for my new  press.

tree

Husb and I went for our daily exercise walk this evening and saw this weird tree with a lovely frill of fungus on it. It’s very, very quiet out walking during the virus lockdown. We saw very few people but a couple of sweet cats crossed our path.

Art In The Bogs

10 Mar

Pat

 

The new BOGART exhibition is up at Swansea’s Cinema & Co. Patti McKenna Jones and I are installing regular art shows in the cinema’s rather nice toilets – it’s very democratic, everyone needs to wee.

 

 

It’s part of the International Womens Day celebration that includes a new exhibition in the main cinema by artists Esther Ley and Sally Davies. It opens on Thursday night with a free programme of films and music and loads of free home made CAKE from 5.30 to 7.30. It’s followed by the Feminista Film Festival (tickets here) from 7.30 to 9.30. Come and join us xx

 

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Left to right: Sally Davies, Patti McKenna Jones, Rosie Scribblah, Esther Ley.

Natty Handle

9 Mar

anger

 

Another little lino block cut and ready for action. I’ve got a natty stamp handle to glue it onto as well. I bought it on a trip to the Modulor store in Berlin a couple of years ago.

Herstory

6 Mar

herstory print

 

International Women’s Day is coming up fast and there are loads of things going on all over the world to celebrate it. Here in Swansea, on March 12th, Cinema & Co is hosting two exhibitions by Esther Ley, Sally Davies, Patti McJones and me followed by the Feminista Film Festival. 

I used traditional brown lino to cut the little block and printed it up with Cranfield Caligo Safe Wash relief ink using a Japanese baren.

 

And by the way, International Men’s Day is on November 19th – for chaps to celebrate being chaps.

Four Females And A Film Festival

5 Mar

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I cut this MDF woodblock a couple of months ago and got round to printing it today, using Cranfield Caligo Safe Wash relief ink in black onto Japanese Hosho paper, using a Japanese bamboo baren instead of a press. It’s my interpretation of the logo of local independent picture house Cinema & Co.

It’s a great place that supports local culture in many ways including giving artists free space to show our work. They don’t charge commission, all they ask is for artists to make a piece of work relating to the cinema. So here’s mine.

IWD

There’s a fantastic evening coming up on March 12th to celebrate International Womens’ Day. From 5.30 to 7.30 there’s the launch of an exhibition by four local artists (above) – Sally Davies, Esther Ley, Patti McKenna-Jones and me (FREE with home-made cake).

Feminista

And that’s followed by the Feminista Film Festival from 7.30 to 9.30 (info and tickets here). This series of shorts tells the most inspiring stories about women and girls around the world, from America, Syria, Greenland and more. Here’s the trailer….

 

 

 

Blocking

3 Mar

anger and herstory

I finished cutting a little lino block and made a start on a second. The one that’s finished, I’ve stuck to a commercial handle to make it into a stamp. I got the handle when I visited Berlin a couple of years ago, from the Modulor store. They’re really neat, relatively cheap and available over the Internet here.

 

Here’s a better view of it…..

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The Final Touch

25 Feb

finished

 

The mixed media print I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks is now finished! I did the final touches this evening. “Dragon’s Revenge” is designed by Jamie Reid and commissioned by GS Artists and is a combination of archival digital print (the pale blue background and the word DRAGONS), screenprint (the red Welsh dragon and the blue Saint George), lino cut (the word REVENGE) and a separate digital print (the words MAE HEDDWCH YN GALED).

I collaged the final pieces this evening. It’s great to see an artwork in two languages; Mae Heddwch Yn Galed means Peace Is Hard.

 

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An exhibition of the political works of anarchic artist Jamie Reid, is at GS Artists on Swansea’s High Street until March 1st.

 

 

Onto The Next Block ……

23 Feb

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As one art project comes to an end, the next one gets started. I’m cutting a new little lino block – something for International Womens’ Day #IWD2020 . I’m using hard brown lino and I’ll fix the block to a stamp base that I bought in the Modular store in Berlin a while back.

And here’s a very short video of me finishing printing my last little lino block on my antique Sampson Mordan & Co press. It’s a gorgeous chunk of cast iron with lush Victorian styling and rather Steampunk.

 

 

This little block in the video is part of a print I am editioning, designed by Jamie Reid for GS Artists, who are showing an exhibition of his radical art in Swansea at the moment.

 

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Nearly There…

21 Feb

almost there

 

I used my sweet little antique press today to carry on printing a little lino block.

Here’s a closer view of the cast iron press, which is probably early Victorian and made in London, by Sampson Mordan & Co. These are often called bookbinding or nipping presses but it’s possibly one of the very first Fax (Facsimile) machines, advertised at the time as a “letter copying press”.

Press

 

This little block is part of a print I am editioning, designed by Jamie Reid for GS Artists, who are showing an exhibition of his radical art in Swansea at the moment.

 

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A Sharp Tool And A Strop

19 Feb

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When I’m cutting blocks for printmaking, whether it’s lino, vinyl, wood or foamboard it’s vitally important to keep my tools sharp. Once a tool goes blunt it’s a dickens of a job to sharpen it again. Sharpening your tools as you work slows you down a bit but it is more efficient than sharpening tools from scratch. I use Flexcut tools and the Flexcut strop system to keep them sharp. Here’s a short video of my sharpening strop in action.

 

 

 

This little block is part of a print I am editioning, designed by Jamie Reid for GS Artists, who are showing an exhibition of his radical art in Swansea at the moment.

 
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