Tag Archives: @WomensArts

Fitting It In

16 Jun

 

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Husb and I were at the preview of the new drawing exhibition, “Hand Drawn Action Packed” at Swansea’s most excellent Glynn Vivian art gallery the other evening. I scribbled of course, which was fitting, given that it’s a drawing exhibition.  I find it difficult to cram an entire subject onto the page – I was always criticised when I was in art college for this. I used to point out that Egon Schiele and Käthe Kollwitz often did the same – and if it’s okay for them ……. Anyway, I solved it by putting the bottom of her legs onto a different part of the page.

A Captive Audience

15 Jun

 

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The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea has a fabulous drawing exhibition, “Hand Drawn Action Packed“, which opened with a guided talk from the show’s curators, Roger Malbert and Antonia Shaw. These events are always good for a quick scribble, people are generally quite still. I always carry a sketchbook – this is an A6 size hardbound one and I prefer to draw in ballpoint pen on this scale.

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And a captive audience is good practice for drawing a crowd, getting the perspective and proportions right, without too much moving around.

There are ten artists featured, Marcel Dzama | Marcel van Eeden | Inci Eviner | Yun-Fei Ji | William Kentridge | Nalini Malani | Otobong Nkanga | Raymond Pettibon | Amy Sillman | Rinus Van de Velde.

I liked them all but particularly William Kentridge, Rinus Van de Velde and Nalini Malani.

A Drawing Exhibition

14 Jun

 

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Husb and I went to Swansea’s Glynn Vivian art gallery this evening for the preview of the latest exhibition “Hand Drawn Action Packed“, an exhibition of artists who draw. It’s fantastic to see a drawing exhibition in a prestigious gallery. Of course, I had a scribble. Well, I would, wouldn’t I?

There are ten artists featured in the show, Marcel Dzama | Marcel van Eeden | Inci Eviner | Yun-Fei Ji | William Kentridge | Nalini Malani | Otobong Nkanga | Raymond Pettibon | Amy Sillman | Rinus Van de Velde.

 

Something Fishy In Boise

13 Jun

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A few years back I did an artist residency at Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, USA. It was a wonderful experience and I keep an eye out on what’s happening in printmaking in Boise. The irrepressible Amy Nack, founder of Wingtip Press sent me some information about “Print Boise River”. It’s a project celebrating the beloved Boise River by building a 150′ paper river with flip flop prints, grant funded by Boise City Department of Arts and History.

Flip Flop Fish Prints!!!!! Brilliant idea!

 

The big PRINT BOISE day will be July 13 at the Anne Frank Memorial.

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Oh The Glamour!

11 Jun

recycling

The glamorous life of an artist – not! Recycling canvasses with gesso. There’s a lot of prep and hard work before anything ends up on a gallery wall.

The Haul

8 Jun

 

the haul

This year I entered the Leftovers IX print exchange, organised through Wingtip Press in Idaho, USA. It’s a great premise; use up all those lovely little leftover scraps of printmaking paper and produce a small edition of miniature prints; send them off to Boise, Idaho; wait a few months; get a dozen prints by other artists through the post to add to your art collection. A nice little haul.

I sent over an edition of my little Mari Lwyd linocut prints with chine collé.

Leftovers

The Huddle

6 Jun

Ecobricks

Husb and I went to an event at the excellent Cinema & Co this evening, a showing of the Leonardo di Caprio documentary, “After The Flood”,  organised by the Swansea Ecobricks Community. The film was really good, there was a pop-up kitchen provided by Goggi – gorgeous vegetable byriani with chick pea curry and a samosa. Of course, I had to have a scribble! These women were in a huddle so I caught them with a ballpoint pen in my little hardbacked A6 sketchbook.

The Menstrual Product Mambo

4 Jun

Chella Quint

The #periodpositive campaign and the concept of period positivity started as a phrase coined by former head of PSHE, comedian and education researcher Chella Quint, grew into a campaign, a trademark, and then a charter programme. I saw her perform at Cinema & Co a few nights ago and she was hilarious. We got up and danced the Menstrual Product Mambo. Of course, I had to have a scribble.

Period Positive

3 Jun

 

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I went to an event, A Bloody Good Night, at Swansea’s excellent independent art centre, Cinema & Co, a few evenings ago. It was organised by Swansea Takes On Period Poverty (STOPP) and it was their official launch party & fundraiser. There was a special performance from the brilliant bilingual singer Bronwen Lewis and themed cupcakes to buy. There was a large donation box for pads/ tampons/ liners which was overflowing with period products for the local food bank.

 

About STOPP:
Swansea Takes On Period Poverty (STOPP) was set up with an ambitious vision to make Swansea a ‘Period Positive’ city where menstrual products are freely available in all public facilities such as schools, libraries, community centres and other private businesses. They also exist to campaign politically on this issue as they believe ultimately towels, pads or other things like ‘mooncups’ should be free and that there should definitely be no ‘tampon tax’. They want to raise awareness of ‘plastic free periods’ and sustainable solutions, to improve education about periods and help to breakdown taboos around menstrual health and finally to support international efforts to end period poverty around the world. For more information and to find out how you can help please email stopp.campaign@gmail.com

 

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Just In Case….

2 Jun

 

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I have been out on field trips up along the course of the River Tawe recently, with colleagues from Swansea University’s FIRE Laboratory project. We spent some time examining culverts under the road that runs alongside the Tawe near its source up in the Brecon Beacons. There were differences between the culverts; different plants, different environments, different creatures. Most of the stream beds were made up of plain grey stones but I came across this one, towards the end, which glowed with speckles of a vivid terracotta orange.

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I pulled out a few pieces and rubbed them against a dry grey rock and the soft pigment marked the surface easily. I collected a few to bring back, checking them for little creatures, and then a threw a few coins into the stream, as a token to appease any Gwragedd Annwn who might be hanging out in the crystal waters. Just in case …..

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