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Trying Things Out 1

25 Jan

Had a lovely few hours in the Waun Wen Community Centre this afternoon, making collages with some students from Swansea University. We’ve recently been out in the area making textural rubbings (Koh-i-noor graphite and Ho-sho paper) and blue sunprints (cyanotypes) and these are going to be used to make collage kits for local residents who fancy having a go. The pandemic lockdowns have forced us to re-think how we work. Normally we do art in the real world but through the past 18 months, arts activities by Zoom or artkits for home delivery have become the new normal. So today we tried out our ideas and worked out what we need to put into the kits.

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 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.

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

24 Jan

Chilling in the cold around Waun Wen yesterday, making graphite rubbings of the textures in the area. It’s a different way of experiencing a place. It makes you notice things you may not have seen before. The rubbings were done with Koh-i-noor Graphite Jumbo Blocks, 6B, onto Ho-Sho paper.

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 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.

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

Rubbings In The Cold

23 Jan

I was out and about in Waun Wen in Swansea today, with two students from Swansea University who are working with me on the arts project. It’s been a grey and bitterly cold day, but we spent 2 hours walking the streets, making graphite rubbings of the different textures of the area – street metal covers, trees, walls and pavements. We’ll use these to make collage kits over the next week or two. We used Koh-i-Noor Progresso Jumbo Woodless 6B graphite sticks (cut in half, I’m thrifty) and Ho-sho Japanese paper.

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 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.

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

Prepping

22 Jan

There comes a point where you have to stop doing source material – drawings and photos and so on- and start choosing and preparing your source images for developing into artworks. I’m planning on doing some silk screen prints from some of the images gathered through the past three months or so in the Waun Wen area of the city and the first stage is to look through the huge amount of photos that photographer Melvyn Williams has taken, as he’s been shadowing me on my Sunday drawing walks.

And then I’m putting them through an Adobe Photoshop “Cut Out” filter to make them a bit more abstract. It helps me to get an idea of how they might start looking in the silk screen process. I’ve loads more to look at and play with ….

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 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.

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

Masked On The Bus

21 Jan

I didn’t go on public transport for ages because of the pandemic, but as the lockdown lifted I started using the bus occasionally to get to Waun Wen for my community arts project. I had to have a scribble of course. Usually there are not many people on the bus and so far everyone I’ve seen has worn a mask.

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 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.

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

Getting There

20 Jan

Sometimes I walk up to Waun Wen, I live within walking distance, but it’s uphill most of the way – easier on the way back. Sometimes I cadge a lift. And then sometimes I get a bus, but not often because I’m being cautious about the pandemic. Here’s a quick sketch at the central bus station. It’s very futuristic, quite sci-fi.

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 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.

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

From The Top

19 Jan

Another little quickie sketch from my walks around Waun Wen in Swansea. This is from the last street before the next area starts and I’m standing (in the freezing cold) at the top of some very, very steep steps looking over to the other side of Waun Wen. The area is built on two hills on either side of a valley. I guess that years ago the River Burlais might have run down the valley (it’s underground now), but these days the area is cut through by a dual carriageway, a rotten bit of town planning in my opinion. But that’s what you get when petrol heads are put in charge of these things. Never mind, it’s still lovely.

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 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.

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

Shadows On The Steps

17 Jan

Here’s another little sketch from my regular Sunday walks around the Waun Wen area of the city. There’s a lovely little set of old stone steps at the end of a picturesque terrace, unfortunately sometimes used by miscreants. We stopped for a while and I had a scribble. The bright, low winter sunshine stretched our shadows.

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 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.

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

Blue Prints In The Park

16 Jan

I spent a happy afternoon in Waun Wen today, making sunprints (cyanotypes) with plants in the park. Thanks to the lovely people who came along and joined in. The weather was grim earlier but the sun came out just as we started. The blue colour on the prints will deepen over a couple of days. This is the earliest form of photography and was invented in 1842 by the Astronomer Royal, John Herschel and the technique was used to produce the very first photography book by the botanist Anna Atkins in 1843.

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 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.

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

The Woodland Walk

15 Jan

Walking around the Waun Wen area of the city with my little sketchbook, I’ve found a few places I didn’t know before, even though I’ve known this area all my life. At the top of the new-ish Cwmfelin housing estate, on the site of the old tin-plate works, is a pleasant woodland walk, quiet, with fabulous views and, despite being so close to the city, a main road and a railway line, the sound of birdsong was overwhelming. Lovely.

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 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.

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

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