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Heavy Metal

15 Aug

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I spent a happy afternoon at Swansea Print Workshop, starting to prepare for a new series of printmaking for my artist residency at The FIRE Lab. I’m planning a mixed bag of techniques based on my drawings en plein air of Victorian culverts. I rummaged around in the drawers of my plans chest to find some metal plates and came up with three copper (one partially used) and an aluminium. So my next stage is to prepare them for use. I’ll use Andrew Baldwin’s Sandpaper Aquatint technique for the copper and then a coffee resist combined with spit-bite for the aluminium.

Here’s a short video of Andrew demonstrating how to do Spit Bite.

And here’s one about the Sandpaper Aquatint

The Rainbow Roll

28 Jul

 

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Colour

It’s been years since I did a rainbow roll to put colour into the background of a block print. I’ve been trying out proof prints for my “Streambed” vinyl block and that’s how I ended up doing a rainbow roll. I put out three lumps of Caligo Safewash litho/relief ink – Process Blue on the right, Extender in the middle and Process Blue with Process Yellow on the left and then I rolled them very carefully in one direction until they were blended, with a dark blue merging through an almost-white to green. The colours are very strong and I remembered that I should have used far more Extender and less pigment.

 

 

Masking

I needed to mask out the edge of the coloured area so I ripped a hole in a sheet of newspaper to form a stencil and put it over the rainbow roll.

 

 

Strength

Then I put a piece of Japanese Hosho paper on top of it and rubbed with a baren. The result is reasonable, but I think the pigment is too strong, I need to add far more extender to the colours to make them paler and more translucent. Finally, I overprinted with my “Streambed” block in a black oil-based litho/relief ink from Intaglio Printmaker in London. I like it, it’s different.

 

The FIRE Lab

I based this block on an original sketch I did with colleagues from the FIRELab project at the Zoology Department at Swansea University. Here’s one of the FIRE Lab’s blogs, talking about uses for the saliva of The Tench (it’s a fish).

 

Doubling Up

27 Jul

streambed double

Carrying on experimenting with my vinyl block based on a drawing of a streambed, I printed it up twice in black litho/relief ink onto Hosho paper. I like the negative spaces between the two shapes. This merits some development, I think. I have been developing this work in response to field trips with colleagues from Swansea University’s FIRE Lab.

 

 

A Tryout In Colour

26 Jul

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After I had done the first proof of my vinyl block in black ink, I decided to try out some colour. My first experiment was with some simple chine collé using silk fabric papers, using colours I had seen in the stream bed and landscape. Unfortunately we’re in the middle of a heatwave and my stick of UHU glue had gone really gummy and made it difficult to stick the silk paper to the Hosho satisfactorily, so I just did the one proof.

 

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My block is based on an original sketch that I made on a field trip with colleagues from the Swansea University FIRE Lab, up in the Brecon Beacons back in May.

Proofing The Stream Bed

25 Jul

 

First proof 1c

A few weeks ago I went on a field trip up into the Brecon Beacons with colleagues from Swansea University’s FIRE Lab and while they studied the environment in culverts, I sketched. I really liked the abstraction of this drawing of a stream bed so I cut it into a block of vinyl and today finally started doing some proof prints down at Swansea Print Workshop.

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I used Intaglio Printmakers’ black litho/relief ink and Japanese Hosho paper. It’s very lightweight because I wanted to take the prints by hand, using a Japanese baren rather than the Victorian Columbian press, lovely though it is.

 

I’m pleased with it, I love the level of abstraction, which is really out of my comfort zone. Next I’m going to try to incorporate some colour with chine collé, but that will be for tomorrow.

Looking Forward To It

4 Jul

Kelly's course

I’m really looking forward to Swansea Print Workshop’s one-day course with Edinburgh-based artist Kelly Stewart at Swansea Museum tomorrow. Kelly’s expertise is helping artists to develop our drawings for screenprint , how to take original material into print using layers of colour, which can also be applied to a whole range of print processes.

Swansea Museum Stores has kindly allowed access to items from their collection that are not usually available to the public and Kelly has chosen a selection of small birds from the taxidermy collection. I can’t wait, I won’t sleep!!!!

 

 

 

Printopia

2 Jul

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Shameless!

Another shameless plug for the Printopia exhibition of work by members of Swansea Print Workshop at The Seaside Gallery, Volcano, High Street, Swansea. It opens on Thursday 4th July, with cake and nibbles and a pay bar, and continues until 26th July.

Here Be Dragons

The Big ‘Un

And my great big woodcut, “Here Be Dragons” has finally been framed and is lording it over the little prints nearby. It’s a Big ‘Un alright!

 

 

 

PRINTOPIA

1 Jul

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PRINTOPIA, The Swansea Print Workshop annual member’s show is coming up in a few days, opening at Volcano on High Street on July 4th from 6.30 – 9.30 and running until the end of the month.

It’s not all creativity, being an artist. There’s loads of other stuff to do, like getting things ready for exhibiting. I’ve spent the morning cutting mounts (mattes) and slotting my monotypes into frames. I based the monotypes on sketchbook drawings I did en plein air.

Do drop in and see the show if you’re out and about in Swansea.

 

 

 

Herstory, Heroines and Swansea Satire

21 Jun

Bog Art and MWGA launch: Cinema & Co, Swansea, Tuesday July 9th from 18.30 – 20.30 with art, literature, short films, a pop-up kitchen and FREE CAKE! Please come along.

Rosie Scribblah and Patti McJones (aka The Revolting Women) are officially launching Bog Art alongside the launch of the satirical book “Making Wales Great Again” (M.W.G.A.) by Swansea author “Notsogreatdictator “.

 

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What is Bog Art?

If you want people as in “The People” to see art where’s the best place to put it? Art galleries are where art lives but not everyone see themselves as the sort of person who goes to art galleries which is why lots of people don’t go to art galleries, but everyone has to use the toilet!  So we thought why not let “The People” take in some culture as they take a seat in Cinema & Co.  We put artwork on the walls in the toilet in case you’re not very clear on exactly what we did.  All the work features women artists and heroines and is by me and Patricia McKenna Jones. We are both very interested in the role of women in history and art and take great pains to bring their often-forgotten contributions to light again.  Not just because they are women but also because their work and lives are uniquely inspiring and show a depth of commitment and skill that needs to be seen and recognised.

Herstory

 

My work is a set of silk screen prints of my favourite artists including Kathe Kollwitz. 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 Kathe Kollwitz gallery in Berlin 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.

Heroines

Patti’s paintings are about women who fought to defeat fascism during WWII.  One is Noor Inayat Khan (1914-1944) a half Russian, half Indian Muslim woman who signed up to the Special Operations Executive (a secret army with the aim of helping resist Hitler):  She helped foil enemy operations in occupied France but was eventually captured and shot at Dachau after proving her worth many times over.

 

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M.W.G.A.

Swansea author Notsogreatdictator  (not his real name) is also launching his new book of satirical snippets based on the weirder and dafter aspects of life in Wales and especially Swansea. Copies will be available for sale and he’ll be there to sign them.

 

MWGA

Food, Drink and Cake

There will be a pop-up kitchen from Goggi (including vegan food), the excellently stocked Cinema & Co bar and FREE CAKE made by Patti, Notsogreatdictator and me.

Here’s How It Goes

Here’s the itinerary for the evening, we would love to see you there –

18:30-19:00
Grab some food and drink and Meet the Author and Artists
19:00-19:30
Short films and background to “Making Wales Great Again” and Bog Art
19:30-20:00
Question and answer session with the author
20:00 – 20.30
Book signing and Bog Art viewing

Cutting The Vinyl

20 Jun

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I did a lino cut today, well it was on vinyl, from an original sketch I did in my sketchbook when I was on a field trip recently with the Fire Lab, to study Victorian culverts on the Tafarn Y Garreg road towards Brecon.

The drawing is quite abstracted, I was looking down along the stream bed as it wound its way down the valley wall into the River Tawe. I transferred the drawing, in reverse, onto the vinyl using powdered chalk and a hard pencil and then cut it with my Flexcut tools.

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