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Cleaning Up

26 Sep

cleaning up

 

I was down at Swansea Print Workshop this afternoon, doing loads of monotypes (more about those tomorrow) and as I was cleaning up at the end, the printing inks blended together. I liked it. It was a pity to wash them away.

Technical note: they’re Caligo Safe Wash oil-based relief inks in Process Yellow, Magenta and Cyan.

Tent City II

12 Mar

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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 😀

We Are The Revolting Women

15 Feb

revolting women

The Revolting Women. That’s Patricia McKenna-Jones and me! We’re up to all sorts of arty shenanigans for International Women’s Day on March 8th at Swansea’s Cinema & Co. You are very welcome to join us from 5.30 onwards  for the launch of our exhibition “The Personal Is Political” and an evening of art, film, cake, inspirational women and a pop-up kitchen.

There will be a guest speaker, local entrepreneur Laura Niehorster of Proud Pads will do a short talk about her venture; and two short films from Jen Wilson and Margot Morgan. There’s also delicious South American food from Ele’s Pop Up Kitchen and Patricia and I will be making loads of complimentary cakes.

And if you want more, later on Anna from Cinema & Co is showing the film “Infinity” about the artist Yayoi Kusama. Tickets for Infinity are separate and must be bought in advance – here’s a link.

Patricia and I have been drawing in out sketchbooks for many years and we’ve taken a selection of these sketches and turned them into monotype, cyanotype and woodcut prints based on our ethos that the personal is political. Our observation of everyday life represents a conscious decision to portray ‘ordinary’ people rather than the wealthy and powerful, who we feel are over-represented as subjects in art.

So come along if you’re out and about.

ps – “What about International Men’s Day?” some might ask. Well, it’s every year on November 19th…..

Tent City

13 Feb

tent city

Back in 2012 I was up in London for a couple of days and looked in on the Occupy London camp outside St. Paul’s Cathedral. I had a scribble, it was a higgledy piggledy mass of multi-coloured tents and ramshackle structures and it was great to draw in my little sketchbook. This is a detail of a larger monotype I’ve just done, based on my original drawing. I’ve used Caligo Cranfield Safe Wash relief ink onto a lovely vintage paper by WH Saunders and various tissues for chine collé to add splashes of colour.

This monotype will appear in my forthcoming exhibition, “Revolting Women” with artist Patricia McKenna-Jones, on International Women’s Day, March 8th at Swansea’s Cinema & Co.

 

 

Vintage Paper

12 Feb

demo 2

Here’s another monotype in progress with chine collé to add colour. I’ve used a beautiful vintage British paper by W. H. Saunders that found its way to me from an elderly retired printmaker and bookbinder via a print dealer and connoisseur. The chine collé is hand-made recycled silk sari paper with lovely fibres running through it.

This will be shown at a new exhibition to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th at Cinema & Co in Swansea. More about that here...

Splashes Of Colour

11 Feb

demo 1

Here’s a new monotype based on an en plein air sketch I did a while back. I scribbled it into a sketchbook, a demo outside Swansea’s Waterfront Museum about the working conditions of lower-paid staff. I used tissue paper as chine collé to add splashes of colour. I’m doing a series of prints based on my sketches for an exhibition at Swansea’s Cinema & Co on International Women’s Day on March 8th. More about that tomorrow….

 

The Ghosts Of Drawings

10 Feb

mono plate 1

I’ve been busy making monotypes today, ready for International Women’s Day and an exhibition I’m organising with Patricia McKenna Jones. We have both been drawing into our sketchbooks for many years and we’re working some of our sketches up into prints. Here are the ghosts of the drawings on the inked-up Perspex, the prints will be revealed at the exhibition. More on that later.

 

 

 

Print Explosion at Volcano

4 Jul
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Punjab Storm #1, a monotype by me based on an original drawing from my residency in Pakistan in 2014

There’s a new exhibition at Volcano on Swansea’s High Street called Print Explosion! It’s the annual show for members of Swansea Print Workshop and I have 8 original prints in it. The opening party is on Friday July 6th, 6.30 – 9.00 pm and the show runs until Saturday July 28th. If you’re passing, please drop by 🙂

2018 SPW poster text only

Inspired By Frank

15 Jun

Coming up in August – I’m running a weekend printmaking workshop inspired by Frank Brangwyn , one of my artistic heroes. An outstanding draughtsman, painter, printmaker, muralist who exhibited with the Viennese Secession but unlike Klimt and Schiele, Frank had the mis/fortune to live to a ripe old age and fall out of fashion; he’s due for a reappraisal and revival.

nya course flyer

I am involved in a large immersive arts project that’s climaxing in September called Nawr yr Arwr / Now the Hero, the brainchild of artist Marc Rees, which is centred around the magnificent Brangwyn Hall in Swansea, which houses the beautiful Brangwyn panels. As part of the lead up to the final act, I’ll be running a two day print course at Swansea Print Workshop, inspired by Frank’s panels and the remembrance of World War 1 (he was a war artist too).

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One of Brangwyn’s magnificent paintings

 

Here’s a short film about me, my model, my monotype and Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero

And if you want to see more about the monotype technique I use, please visit the Techie section of my website, here.

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