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When The Postman Knocked

13 Jul

My set

For a few years now, I’ve entered the Leftovers international miniature print exchange, organised by the lovely printmakers at Wingtip Press, Boise, Idaho, USA. Printmakers from all over the world send an edition of 14 tiny original prints, done on pieces of leftover paper, and in return twelve are selected at random and sent back, so we can build up our own print collections. I was so excited today when the postman knocked because there was a tough cardboard envelope from America with my 12 lovely little leftovers inside. They’re gorgeous, with etchings, linocuts, digital, screenprint and letterpress. I love them.

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Here’s the one I sent over to the USA, a stitched and stamped piece with chine collé based on my hero, Käthe Kollwitz.

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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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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Luscious Leftovers!

5 Dec

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In its sixth year, this touring international exhibition of miniature original prints is coming to Swansea tomorrow, opening with a Welsh tea from 5-7pm and then daily (except Mondays) until mid-January – but check the website for opening hours over the holiday season.

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Click on the link here to see the write up of the exhibition in our local paper.

I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument one up every day.  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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Luscious Leftovers

22 Nov
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Here I am with over a hundred luscious leftover prints just arrived from The Workers Gallery in The Rhondda Valley

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 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 14 miniature prints and received a dozen prints in return. One print is included in a silent auction to raise funds for the Hunger Relief Task Force in the State and the final one of the edition joins an international touring exhibition.

Now in its sixth year, the exchange include 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 and is now about to be exhibited in Swansea Print Workshop through December and January.

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My collection of twelve prints from Leftovers VI from artists across the world

The show opens with a traditional Welsh tea, with lashings of bara brith and other luscious home-made cakes, from 5 – 7 on Tuesday December 6th at Swansea Print Workshop and runs daily from 10.30 – 4.00 daily (except Mondays) with a break over the Xmas holidays, until January the 8th.

Venue: Swansea Print Workshop, 19a Clarence Street, Swansea SA1 3QR.

For more information please check the Swansea Print Workshop website.

Wingtip Press has just put out a call for Leftovers VII – if you’re a printmaker and you want to participate, please follow this link here.

 

 

S’Up In May And June?

9 May

What am I up to?

I’m working through a load of art events that I’ve been preparing for ages.

I’ve done TRANSITION, a public art event on May 20th and 21st 2016 in Swansea’s Creative Bubble Artspace with the 15 Hundred Lives art collective.

The 15 Hundred Lives art collective

The 15 Hundred Lives art collective

And then May 28th I was in Fringe Arts Bath’s “A FAB Intervention” as part of The Plebeian Scribblers, a public access street-based drawing event.

A FAB Intervention in Bath

A FAB Intervention in Bath

And then June 1st to 24th I am part of the Swansea Print Workshop collective exhibiting and running events at The Welfare, Ystradgynlais during the “Arts in the Tawe Valley (AitTV)” festival.

The Welfare, Ystradgynlais

The Welfare, Ystradgynlais

And in the middle of all that, from June 17th, I will be exhibiting a large drawing as part of a group show in the ‘Divided By The Meltwater’ exhibition in Swansea’s Dynefor Centre.

Photograph by Tim Kelly

The Meltwater between Swansea and North Devon. Photograph by Tim Kelly

Throughout September I will have a solo show at the fabulous Workers Gallery in Ynyshir, Rhondda, showing the work I am developing on the ancient ancestral stones of South Wales.

 

The Hunt Rose Davies poster

I am part of the “Leftovers VI” International Print exchange which is a touring group exhibition of miniature prints from international printmakers. It’s just been exhibited in Boise, Idaho , USA and is destined for Reno, Nevada USA in October. Moves are afoot to bring it to Wales after Reno – watch this space!

And finally I will be running short courses in printmaking at Swansea Print Workshop over the coming months. Check out details here.

My courses at Swansea Print Workshop

My courses at Swansea Print Workshop

 

If you would like to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

Little Lovely Leftovers

22 Feb

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Just finished stitching a set of 15 little prints for the Leftovers VI international print exchange organised by the irrepressible Amy Nack at Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, USA. The premise of Leftovers is to use up some of those scraps of beautiful printmaking papers that are often left over from our projects. I have put together an edition of 15 little rubber stamp prints that I developed from an original screenprint. I printed them onto fragments of Japanese Shiohara paper and then stitched them onto leftover pieces of Somerset, using my antique Singer sewing machine. Artists from all over the world participate in this each year and Amy puts together a touring exhibition of each year’s Leftovers that travels the globe. If you’re quick, there’s still time to enter.

Tasty Leftovers

3 Aug
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Showing visitors the tiny prints

Whew, what a day!!!! So busy, drove four hours up to Abergavenny and back and straight down to Swansea Print Workshop for the opening of the lovely Leftovers V international miniature print show. We went with a traditional Welsh tea opening with home-made bara brith, a classic Victoria Sandwich, scones with home-made loganberry jam (our own homegrown loganberries) and a first for me, a gluten-free vegan carrot cake. Lots of lovely people came to see the show, sip tea or juice and nibble cake. Leftovers V was initiated by Amy Nack at Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, USA as a print exchange to use up all the gorgeous leftover bits of paper that we printmakers always seem to have knocking around. This is its fifth year and includes artists from most States in the USA, Britain / Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Germany and Canada.

The exhibition runs at Swansea Print Workshop, 19a Clarence Street, Swansea for the week, 10.30 – 4.00 daily and on Wednesday the 5th August there is a training day about making miniature drypoint prints with a domestic pasta press. Pre-booking is essential on 01792 464418.

Vegan, gluten-free carrot cake

12 ounces of gluten-free self raising flour;  one and a half teaspoons of Xanthan Gum; 4 ounces of dark brown sugar; 4 ounces of light brown sugar; a teaspoon of ground nutmeg; 8 ounces of vegan margarine; about 8 ounces of carrot pulp (left over from juicing); juice of half a lemon;a good handful of sultanas; some dairy free milk.

A 7 inch square baking tin, 3 inches deep; baking parchment for lining the tin; tin foil; a large mixing bowl.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3 and set a shelf towards the bottom. Line the bottom of the tin with baking parchment. In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, except the sultanas. Rub in the margarine until the mixture is like rough breadcrumbs. Mix in the carrot pulp and sultanas. Stir in the lemon juice and enough dairy-free milk (I used almond) to get a soft dropping consistency.

Turn it into the tin, smooth the top and bake for around one and a half hours until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place a sheet of tin foil over the top of the cake after about 40 minutes to prevent burning. Run a knife around the sides of the cake and turn it onto a cake rack to cool.

 

From Idaho to Ynyshir

29 May

A great artblog from Melanie Ezra with news of an international miniature print show that has travelled from the North West USA to The Rhondda Valley

From Idaho to Ynyshir.

Small Sprogs And Petit Prints

19 Aug

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Husb and I are babysitting two little relatives for a couple of days. It’s completely exhausting. How do parents manage with small sprogs the whole time? We took them to West Wales, firstly to the Honey Farm and then the beach at New Quay on Cardigan Bay. We had fun!

Before we left, I received a parcel from the most excellent Wingtip Press in Idaho, USA. It was a dozen original prints from the Leftovers 5 print exchange. I am so delighted with them. It’s an annual event where printmakers across the planet produce a special edition and in return receive a surprise package of miniature, petit prints.

Lush Leftovers

16 May

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Just back from the opening night of Leftovers 4 and Public Gestures, two cracking exhibitions of international printmaking at The Cove in Swansea.

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Leftovers is the brainchild of Amy Nack , director of Wingtip Press in Bois, Idaho, USA. Now in its 5th year, printmakers from across the world contribute tiny pieces to this travelling exhibition. We’re showing 175 pieces at The Cove.

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Here I am with Gayle Rogers. We both have monotypes on display with the Public Gestures group of prints that were developed in collaboration between 6 USA and 7 Swansea artists. It’s a lovely show, even if I say so myself and it runs until the middle of July.

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