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Across The Planet

12 Dec

annwyl KATHE

 

It’s lovely to see where artwork can get to when it leaves me and it’s released out in the wild. I did this mixed media piece, “Annwyl Käthe” – stamping, chine collé, stitching and hand written text – in an edition of 15 for the annual Leftovers print exchange organised by Wingtip Press in Idaho, USA. Part of Leftovers is an annual international touring exhibition and this has just featured in a show at the Wharepuke Gallery in New Zealand.

 

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It looks gorgeous. Maybe someday I’ll get across the world for a visit. If you are a printmaker and want to get involved in Leftovers VIII, please click here.

Annwyl Kathe

22 Jan

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Once upon a time, the printmakers of Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, USA were cleaning out their flat files and found dozens of little scraps of expensive printmaking papers jamming up the drawers. Realising they probably weren’t alone with the dilemma of what to do with all those too-precious-to-throw-out leftover paper scraps, they issued an invitation to fellow printmakers around the globe to participate in a print exchange to use all those lovely bits of paper.

Artists submit an edition of 15 miniature prints and received a dozen prints in return. One of the edition is included in a silent auction to raise funds for the Hunger Relief Task Force in the State another edition joins an international touring exhibition. Now in its seventh year, the exchange includes printmakers from Australia to Arizona, Canada to Colorado, Nevada to Norway to New Zealand, Korea to Kansas, Wales to Washington, and places in between! The box of over a hundred little prints recently crossed the Atlantic from Reno to The Rhondda Valley and has just finished its exhibition at Swansea Print Workshop.

I’ve just completed my little edition of 15 for Leftovers VII. It’s inspired by my admiration for German Expressionist artist Käthe Kollwitz and I’ve done some little prints from a rubber stamp I had made from a screenprint I had done of her. The print is on a Japanese Shiohara paper which sews nicely so I have stitched them to J Green & Sons vintage paper (supplied by the Vintage Paper Co) with a strip of ripped hand-made paper, embedded with petals, in between. Finally I wrote in Welsh pencil on each “Annwyl Käthe, ‘dw i’n caru di….” (Dear Käthe, I love you….)

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For more information about entering your prints for Leftovers VII, please contact Wingtip Press. The deadline has been extended to March 15th and the opportunity for two artists to do a residency at Wingtip has been added.

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I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to buy one, you can see them by clicking on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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Chiaroscuro In A Doorway

28 Dec

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After a bit of a break for Xmas and too much good food and gallivanting, it’s head down for a bit more serious work. I’m carrying on with my series of small drawings from photos taken in the old church recently, using the simplest of materials, white conte crayon into an A4 Daler Rowney ‘Ebony’ sketchbook. I’m trying to explore atmospheric mark making and get out of my comfort zone, which is a fine pen into a little sketchbook. These drawings emphasise chiaroscuro and I hope they’ll eventually lead to some more finished work in manier noir style drawings or even some mezzotints. These interiors remind me a bit of German Expressionist film sets, one of my favourite periods of art and printmaking.

Drawing In Darkness

22 Feb

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Husb and I went to Taliesin Arts Centre this evening to see a version of Dreyer’s 1932 silent film, Vampyr accompanied by live musicians. It was fantastic. I had a bash at drawing in the dark, using a complete set of sepia Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens in sizes S, F, M and B and drawing into my A5 clothbound sketchbook. It was a challenge to draw dark subject matter in the dark. I could hardly see what I was doing so I hastily sketched in the light bits when there was a bit of light from the cinema screen and spent most of the time making marks to fill in the dark areas with different size pens. The mark making was also influenced by the music and the film which is full of German Expressionist motifs.

 

 

A Stroppy Cat, Kathe Kollwitz in Berlin, The Best Apple Strudel Ever

26 Jul
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Just enough time for today’s quick blog after having a fight with a small furry cat over a flea comb. She won. Ouch!

 

We visited the Kathe Kollwitz museum during our Berlin trip. I’ve loved her work for many years and I think she’s one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. I defy anyone to go around the gallery and not cry – her work is profoundly moving. She suffered the tragedy of losing her son in World War 1 and her grandson in WW2 and her war memorial, ‘The Grieving Parents’ in the Vladsio German War Cemetery is imbued with a terrible sadness and hopelessness. I did a quick sketch of one of her tragic prints, which she did between the two World Wars; it shows the terrible living conditions in Germany that were partially responsible for the rise of the Nazis. Moving and chilling at the same time.

 

We went out into the sculpture garden at the back of the museum and a path in the deep snow led to the National Institute of Literature next door, which had a conservatory style restaurant. We had hot Nuremburger sausages and sauerkraut followed by the best Apple Strudel we’ve ever tasted, served with sweet, hot vanilla custard. The ancient friendly waiter led us out through the main building to show us the wonderful Art Nouveau hallway and landings that had survived the War, covered in exquisite mosaic and stained glass.

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