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Root And Branch: Gwreiddyn A Changen

3 Jan

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Coming up February 16th and 17th, I’ll be running a 2 day printmaking masterclass at Swansea’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery inspired by the forthcoming exhibition PHYTOPIA.

The creative imagery of the tree is rooted in the ancient oak forests of Britain, growing through the ages to branch into the present. From ancient Druidic and Celtic art to present-day fractal pop imagery, the concept of the tree rooting, growing and branching has inspired artists, designers and craftspeople for thousands of years.

If you fancy coming along, I’ll be using two printmaking techniques, with additional chine collé and watercolour, and exploring the Phytopia exhibition, to produce a small edition of drypoint etchings and at least one monotype inspired by the history and influence of trees in our culture.

The course costs £80 for the weekend and includes all the materials. Pre-booking is essential as there are not many places. Please click here to book. Hope to see you there.

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The Defynnog Yew from the petition set up by Janis Fry

And if you like trees, please sign this petition here to get protected status for Britain’s ancient yew trees which currently are unprotected. Thank you.

 

Mae delweddaeth greadigol y goeden yn deillio o goedwigoedd derw hynafol Prydain, gan dyfu drwy’r oesoedd i oroesi hyd heddiw. O gelf y Derwyddon a’r Celtiaid i ddelweddaeth ffractal y presennol, mae’r cysyniad o goeden yn cael ei gwreiddio, yn tyfu ac yn brigo wedi ysbrydoli artistiaid, dylunwyr a chrefftwyr am filoedd o flynyddoedd.
Gan ddefnyddio dwy dechneg gwneud printiau, yn ogystal â chine-collé a dyfrlliw, a chan archwilio’r arddangosfa Phytopia, byddwch yn gweithio gyda’r artist/printiwr Rose Davies i gynhyrchu argraffiad bach o ysgythriadau sychbwynt ac o leiaf un monoteip wedi’u hysbrydoli gan hanes a dylanwad coed yn ein diwylliant.

Cadwch eich lle’n gynnar i osgoi cael eich siomi. Rhaid cadw lle £80 am ddau ddiwrnod Dosbarth Meistr Gwneud Printiau. Darperir yr holl ddeunyddiau. 16+

 

 

A Massive Of Mari’s?

20 Dec

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I finished carving my little lino yesterday evening, with a Mari Lwyd design from an original drawing en plein air. So today, off to Swansea Print Workshop to print it up. I used Caligo / Cranfield Safe Wash Relief ink with a Hosho Japanese paper and some recycled sari silk paper for the chine collé to add flashes of colour. Traditionally, the Mari is decorated with coloured ribbons to contrast with the white skull and shroud.

 

 

From left to right: Inking the block; applying the chine collé with Pritt stick glue; rubbing the back of the paper with a traditional Japanese baren.

And finally, a Massive of Mari’s. I don’t know if there’s an official collective noun, but I think Massive is cool.

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If you want to read more about the ancient Welsh tradition of the Mari Lwyd, just click here .

And here.

 

 

The Re-Cut

6 Dec

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During the process of developing my recent commission for Sky Arts TV channel, as part of their Art50 programming, I did a number of test blocks to try out different combinations of wood, sealer, ink and paper to find the combo that worked best. It also gave me a chance to experiment with the carving, trying out different tools and cutting styles. Most of the blocks are disposable, just fragments of experimentation, but I took this one to a fairly finished level and I returned to it again today, doing some re-cutting to sharpen up the lettering and give greater definition to the symbolic eye and barbed wire. I’m thinking of printing it up in black on white with red chine collé.

 

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Getting Nearer

5 Nov

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I’m getting along with my commission for the Sky Arts ART50 programme, “Here Be Dragons”. I have reworked every single piece of text that will be on the final woodcut, redrawing each word until it forms itself into a visual image that I like. The letters sometimes become so abstracted that it can be difficult to read the final word, but that’s okay, I’m making a piece of art, not an illustration or a piece of design, so I don’t have to worry if something is readable, only that it works as a visual motif. These words will change again when they’re painted onto the surface of the woodblock and yet again when I carve them and print them and use chine collé on them.

Next phase is to work up a full-size drawing onto paper, prior to transferring it onto the woodblock. So getting along nicely…..

 

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Phew! Cracked It!

2 Nov

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Finally, all the teccie, geeky stuff has been sorted. I did a third test block, carving a fraction of my final design onto a shard of MDF, coating it three times with a 50:50 mix of shellac and methylated spirits, inking it up with Cranfield Caligo Safewash Relief ink and printing it, using a Japanese baren, onto Hosho paper. PHEW!!!!!! Cracked it!

This is a first, trial, proof which shows me if the carving is satisfactory. I can see where I need to cut more away around the lettering and maybe increase the ‘scales’ around the dragons eye, but it’s not too bad at all for a first proof.

This is another stage in my commission for Sky Arts ART50, you can read more about it here

sky-arts art 50 mash up

 

Yesterday’s Package

30 Oct

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Yesterday’s package was tins of new ink! Caligo / Cranfield Safe Wash litho / relief ink in black, for my test blocks. And here’s the second of my test blocks cut into MDF. The first, last week, gave unsatisfactory results but one of my WordPress chums, Siver Black, gave me a tip, to apply three coats of a 50:50 mix of shellac varnish and methylated spirits.

I’m delighted with the results. I used Hosho Japanese paper and took the print by hand, using a Japanese baren.

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I did a second proof print with chine collé, using a hand-made banana paper in dark red. This is part of the commission I’m working on for Sky Arts Art50.

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Playing Around

4 Feb

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I’m planning a new silkscreen print from an original life drawing I did a while back. I want to include chine collé so I thought I’d have a bit of a play on Adobe Photoshop to try out some geometric shapes in different areas of the drawing. It’s a useful tool for doing a quick bit of design. Basically it means that I can do it on my laptop while I’m sitting on the settee with the TV on.

 

Chuffed To Bits

22 Nov

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I just heard today that I have had 2 artworks accepted into the Swansea Open exhibition, running from December the 3rd to January the 6th. It’s returned after a gap of about 5 years, while the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery was closed and being refurbished, and it’s great to see it back. I’m chuffed to bits as Swansea is full of talented artists and the competition is stiff.

 

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I submitted two monotypes of the Mari Lwyd, based on drawings I did in my sketchbook at the end of last year. The Mari Lwyd is an ancient Welsh tradition, where groups of revellers wander the streets and pubs accompanied by a life size puppet constructed around a decorated horse’s skull. It may hark back to the worship of the Celtic horse goddess, Epona.

Letting People Play

30 Oct

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I’m working for a charity that supports very vulnerable people, running arts and craft sessions. I work in different venues across the city and I tailor the sessions to suit them and their clients. This evening was about letting people play. It wasn’t a formal session aiming to teach fine arts or enabling people to turn out a well-crafted item, but a chance to just mess around and have a bit of fun.

 

 

I took some lovely chine collé tissue papers made from recycled saris and a couple of boxes of stamps, the ones that kids use, and an ink pad. I encouraged people to try stamping the tissues repetitively to make a pattern and / or to overlay them to get a pictorial effect.

 

 

Then we put them into little ready-made mounts which set them off nicely. Quick, cheap, easy and fun. People need to play and those living in dire circumstances often don’t get that chance. Providing a safe space for arts and crafts can give them the opportunity.

Stamping!

19 Mar

 

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I’ve been trying out some experiments with commercial stamps. They can be very cheap, especially the ones made for kids, and they can be used to build up some interesting images, combined with other techniques.

 

I used a water-based printing ink from Seawhite’s of Brighton, rolled onto a perspex plate, some recycled sari paper for the chine collé, a couple of torn pieces of computer printer paper for the stencils and a commercial stamp of a car from a child’s cheap stamping kit.

 

Last week was the opening of Swansea’s International Women’s Day exhibition at Cinema & Co. It was fantastic, loads of people there and lots of arty and fun things happening. Cinema & Co is putting on a terrific programme of films through the month because it’s also Women’s History Month. Please check out the programme here …..

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I have put my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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