Tag Archives: Cinema & Co

The Huddle

6 Jun

Ecobricks

Husb and I went to an event at the excellent Cinema & Co this evening, a showing of the Leonardo di Caprio documentary, “After The Flood”,  organised by the Swansea Ecobricks Community. The film was really good, there was a pop-up kitchen provided by Goggi – gorgeous vegetable byriani with chick pea curry and a samosa. Of course, I had to have a scribble! These women were in a huddle so I caught them with a ballpoint pen in my little hardbacked A6 sketchbook.

The Menstrual Product Mambo

4 Jun

Chella Quint

The #periodpositive campaign and the concept of period positivity started as a phrase coined by former head of PSHE, comedian and education researcher Chella Quint, grew into a campaign, a trademark, and then a charter programme. I saw her perform at Cinema & Co a few nights ago and she was hilarious. We got up and danced the Menstrual Product Mambo. Of course, I had to have a scribble.

Period Positive

3 Jun

 

Bronwen Lewis 1

 

I went to an event, A Bloody Good Night, at Swansea’s excellent independent art centre, Cinema & Co, a few evenings ago. It was organised by Swansea Takes On Period Poverty (STOPP) and it was their official launch party & fundraiser. There was a special performance from the brilliant bilingual singer Bronwen Lewis and themed cupcakes to buy. There was a large donation box for pads/ tampons/ liners which was overflowing with period products for the local food bank.

 

About STOPP:
Swansea Takes On Period Poverty (STOPP) was set up with an ambitious vision to make Swansea a ‘Period Positive’ city where menstrual products are freely available in all public facilities such as schools, libraries, community centres and other private businesses. They also exist to campaign politically on this issue as they believe ultimately towels, pads or other things like ‘mooncups’ should be free and that there should definitely be no ‘tampon tax’. They want to raise awareness of ‘plastic free periods’ and sustainable solutions, to improve education about periods and help to breakdown taboos around menstrual health and finally to support international efforts to end period poverty around the world. For more information and to find out how you can help please email stopp.campaign@gmail.com

 

Bronwen Lewis 2

 

Ban The Bedroom Tax!

14 Mar

bedroom tax

This is a monotype I made from an original drawing I did in my sketchbook at a demonstration against the “Bedroom Tax”, or Spare Room Subsidy, introduced by the government in 2012. It resulted in hardship for many people. It’s one of the artworks I’m exhibiting at Swansea’s Cinema & Co in a joint show with fellow artist Patti McJones. It’s called Revolting Women.

Revolting Women

Tent City II

12 Mar

st paul's 2

Here’s another monotype I did recently with chine collé from an original sketchbook drawing at London’s “Tent City” a few years ago, 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. The paper is vintage from the W. H. Saunders mill; the ink is Caligo Cranfield Safewash oil-based relief ink; and the chine collé is tissue paper.

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 as part of the celebration of International Women’s Day.

Monotype With Chine Collé

10 Mar

Tent City 1

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.

setting up

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 😀

Proud Pads Against Period Poverty

9 Mar

 

laura

Wow, what a fab evening at Cinema & Co last night, celebrating International Women’s Day in style, with art, films and lashings of home-made cake. Here’s the lovely Laura Niehorster, a Swansea designer and entrepreneur, talking about her amazing product “Proud Pads”. Laura is also a campaigner against period poverty.

proud pads

 

Lashings….

7 Mar

Two revolting women just finished setting up our exhibition which opens tomorrow evening (March 8th) at Cinema & Co from 5.30. That’s Patricia McKenna-Jones and yours truly. If you’re out and about in Swansea tomorrow evening, pop in and see us. There’s lots going on and there will be lashings of home-made cake.

setting up

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Rap Hands

3 Jul

rap hands

Husb and I went out on Saturday night to the opening of an exhibition of graffiti inspired art at the excellent Cinema & Co in Swansea. There were also rap performers – Craze The Jack, Unity, Dope Biscuits and Rufus Mufasa and I took the opportunity to have a quick scribble while Craze The Jack performed. His hand movements were really fast and so was my pen. Not easy at all, but good practice.

 

More BogArt

28 Mar

ew knows

More BogArt! The interesting and quirky Cinema & Co in Swansea is more than just a place that shows films, it is a space for comedy, music and art as well. The exhibitions in the main cinema change monthly but there is a great bit of exhibition space in the cinema’s two toilets (also known as the Bogs in British slang). So owner Anna Redfern offered me the space to curate BogArt and I jumped at the chance. It’s a captive audience for the art, after all. The one above is a mixed media piece, based on an original life drawing, called “I Knows ‘Ew Luvs Me Cos ‘Ew Buys Me Chips” which is a bit of a joke here in Swansea….

holocaust

And the one in the smaller bog is an ink drawing on Mylar film, inspired by my wintry visit to Berlin in the snow, where I saw the Holocaust Memorial under a layer of soft whiteness.

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