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The White Rose Saboteurs

23 May

A very moving blog post from artist Patti McJones

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Fast Woman

12 May

A thought provoking and beautifully drawn artblog from Patti McJones  via Fast Woman

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Reflections from the first ‘What is Water?’ event

10 May

A fascinating SciArt project just getting underway in Swansea

Freshwater Interdisciplinary Research and Engagement Lab

We here at FIRE lab held our first ‘What is Water’ event on 26 April at Copper Bar in Swansea. We created this event in part to start conversations about water, and to engage with different relationships that people in Swansea and surrounding communities have with water. Engaging with diverse relationships related to water, particularly fresh water, is a major focus of our work in FIRE Lab. This first event was made possible by funding from Swansea University’s College of Science—International Visitor Scheme, which also supported Dr. Emily O’Gorman’s  visit and presentations on water cultures.

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Dr. Emily O’Gorman presenting her research reflections on water cultures in Australia (Credit: Geraint Rhys).

Our focus for this event was on poetry and stories, drawing on a strong legacy and history of poetry and spoken word in Swansea. Over the last few months, Tara and Steph attended local poetry open mic nights and…

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Celebrating the drawn line

27 Apr

A lovely blog from Michael Richards about the joys of drawing via Celebrating the drawn line

Proofing

13 Apr

I’m spending the weekend at the fabulous Trefeglwys Print Studio doing some etchings with master printmaker, Andrew Baldwin. I have been working on an aquatint today, on a zinc plate.

Here’s the first proof. It’s too dark so I tried thinning the ink with extender but it didn’t lighten it enough so I spent the last hour or so scraping areas of the plate to reduce the intensity of the aquatint. Tomorrow I’ll do another proof print to see if it works.

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Singing with Death

8 Apr

A terrific live art blog from the Swansea-based artist Patti McJones

 

via Singing with Death

Next Steps

27 Mar

Phew! Finally, my commission for Sky Arts TV channel’s UK-wide arts project, ART50, ended tonight with the broadcast of the visual arts films, including the one about my artwork, “Here Be Dragons”. And now I have to decide what my next creative steps will be. I liked working with giant woodblock and text and chine collé so I think I will develop some ideas that have been popping up in my head from out of the ether, I might develop a text piece in Welsh. I’ve been playing with my original on Photoshop, cutting, pasting and redefining segments to make a new image. I might bring this, or something similar, into the real world.

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And I want to pick up my figurative work as well. I haven’t done any formal work with nudes for well over a year but now I have some very definite ideas based around a particular model. Time to get back in the saddle and make some new art!

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Andraste – The Warrior

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Being the change

18 Mar

Cool en plein air drawings from Swansea-based artist Patti McJones via Being the change

Monotype With Chine Collé

10 Mar

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Cinema & Co, Swansea, throughout March. Exhibition – The Revolting Women Present: The Personal Is Political.

A bit of technical stuff today, here’s a monotype I did recently with chine collé from an original sketchbook drawing. I was in London a few years back and wandered over to “Tent City”, the Occupy London protest outside Saint Paul’s Cathedral. My sketchbooks are full of scribbles from life and I don’t often find a way of using them, but recently I’ve done a small series of monotypes from the more political ones. I worked on a Perspex plate, putting it over an enlarged printout of the original on a light box. I also used the light box to accurately cut the chine collé and I stuck it onto the printing paper, with a Pritt Stick, before drawing the monotype.
Tent City 1 chine colle

I used a vintage W. H. Saunders paper for the main print and pieces of Indian paper handmade from recycled saris along with some tissue that my new Doctor Marten’s boots were wrapped in for the chine collé.

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It’s one of the artworks I’m exhibiting with the artist Patti McJones at Swansea’s Cinema & Co for the rest of this month. We call ourselves The Revolting Women 😀

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Playing with poison

8 Mar

A very interesting blog from artist Patti McJones about her work in the Cyanotype technique.

 

via Playing with poison

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