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Pandemic Printmaking And A Wheatpaste Dog

7 Apr

 

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I’ve been working on a new art project, a response to the pandemic and lockdown. It’s taken me a while to get ideas coming through but I think this will probably end up being quite a big body of work made up of many components. I’ve carved a little lino block and printed it up today – there’s my workstation (above) ready to go.

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I tried printing the block onto paper and then onto some white cotton fabric, using Cranfield Caligo Safe Wash Relief ink in black with a traditional Japanese baren.

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Here it is – my first word of the pandemic – isolate. There will be more …..

Swansea Jack

Husb and I are not in the vulnerable category so we’re sometimes out getting essential supplies for our family. Today was a walk to the Uplands area of the city, to the pharmacy. While we waited outside (the restrictions are, rightly, very strict) I spotted a wheatpaste artwork of the new Swansea Jack.  I first spotted this little fellow a few months ago in a different part of the city. He’s on Instagram – @theswanseajack and #theswanseajack . Husb and I are reflected in the window.

 

 

My Mojo Is Back

6 Apr

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Today I started what I hope will be one of many small linocuts inspired, if that’s the right word, by the Covid19 pandemic and the extraordinary times we are living through.

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I’m using the hard brown lino with a hessian backing. It’s very, very hard and I should have popped it into the oven to soften it first, but I was too impatient to crack on. It was okay, just a bit tough on my fingers.

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Week one of lockdown put me into survivalist mode; cooking, preserving, shopping for relatives, getting the allotment into shape, DIY around the place, but no creative impetus at all. Week 2 and I slumped, hard to motivate myself to do anything. Now at the beginning of week 3, my arty mojo seems to be back! Tomorrow I print.

 

 

Look What I’ve Got ….

31 Mar

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I’ve got a brand new portable printing press. From the Portable Printing Press Company. It’s lush.

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I’ve put it on top of my antique mangle, which isn’t in good enough condition to turn into a printing press itself, but it’s really solid and sturdy so it’s a good base for my new  press.

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Husb and I went for our daily exercise walk this evening and saw this weird tree with a lovely frill of fungus on it. It’s very, very quiet out walking during the virus lockdown. We saw very few people but a couple of sweet cats crossed our path.

Art In The Bogs

10 Mar

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The new BOGART exhibition is up at Swansea’s Cinema & Co. Patti McKenna Jones and I are installing regular art shows in the cinema’s rather nice toilets – it’s very democratic, everyone needs to wee.

 

 

It’s part of the International Womens Day celebration that includes a new exhibition in the main cinema by artists Esther Ley and Sally Davies. It opens on Thursday night with a free programme of films and music and loads of free home made CAKE from 5.30 to 7.30. It’s followed by the Feminista Film Festival (tickets here) from 7.30 to 9.30. Come and join us xx

 

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Left to right: Sally Davies, Patti McKenna Jones, Rosie Scribblah, Esther Ley.

Natty Handle

9 Mar

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Another little lino block cut and ready for action. I’ve got a natty stamp handle to glue it onto as well. I bought it on a trip to the Modulor store in Berlin a couple of years ago.

Herstory

6 Mar

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International Women’s Day is coming up fast and there are loads of things going on all over the world to celebrate it. Here in Swansea, on March 12th, Cinema & Co is hosting two exhibitions by Esther Ley, Sally Davies, Patti McJones and me followed by the Feminista Film Festival. 

I used traditional brown lino to cut the little block and printed it up with Cranfield Caligo Safe Wash relief ink using a Japanese baren.

 

And by the way, International Men’s Day is on November 19th – for chaps to celebrate being chaps.

Four Females And A Film Festival

5 Mar

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I cut this MDF woodblock a couple of months ago and got round to printing it today, using Cranfield Caligo Safe Wash relief ink in black onto Japanese Hosho paper, using a Japanese bamboo baren instead of a press. It’s my interpretation of the logo of local independent picture house Cinema & Co.

It’s a great place that supports local culture in many ways including giving artists free space to show our work. They don’t charge commission, all they ask is for artists to make a piece of work relating to the cinema. So here’s mine.

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There’s a fantastic evening coming up on March 12th to celebrate International Womens’ Day. From 5.30 to 7.30 there’s the launch of an exhibition by four local artists (above) – Sally Davies, Esther Ley, Patti McKenna-Jones and me (FREE with home-made cake).

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And that’s followed by the Feminista Film Festival from 7.30 to 9.30 (info and tickets here). This series of shorts tells the most inspiring stories about women and girls around the world, from America, Syria, Greenland and more. Here’s the trailer….

 

 

 

Blocking

3 Mar

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I finished cutting a little lino block and made a start on a second. The one that’s finished, I’ve stuck to a commercial handle to make it into a stamp. I got the handle when I visited Berlin a couple of years ago, from the Modulor store. They’re really neat, relatively cheap and available over the Internet here.

 

Here’s a better view of it…..

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The Final Touch

25 Feb

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The mixed media print I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks is now finished! I did the final touches this evening. “Dragon’s Revenge” is designed by Jamie Reid and commissioned by GS Artists and is a combination of archival digital print (the pale blue background and the word DRAGONS), screenprint (the red Welsh dragon and the blue Saint George), lino cut (the word REVENGE) and a separate digital print (the words MAE HEDDWCH YN GALED).

I collaged the final pieces this evening. It’s great to see an artwork in two languages; Mae Heddwch Yn Galed means Peace Is Hard.

 

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An exhibition of the political works of anarchic artist Jamie Reid, is at GS Artists on Swansea’s High Street until March 1st.

 

 

Onto The Next Block ……

23 Feb

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As one art project comes to an end, the next one gets started. I’m cutting a new little lino block – something for International Womens’ Day #IWD2020 . I’m using hard brown lino and I’ll fix the block to a stamp base that I bought in the Modular store in Berlin a while back.

And here’s a very short video of me finishing printing my last little lino block on my antique Sampson Mordan & Co press. It’s a gorgeous chunk of cast iron with lush Victorian styling and rather Steampunk.

 

 

This little block in the video is part of a print I am editioning, designed by Jamie Reid for GS Artists, who are showing an exhibition of his radical art in Swansea at the moment.

 

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