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Reflections from the first ‘What is Water?’ event

10 May

A fascinating SciArt project just getting underway in Swansea

Freshwater Interdisciplinary Research and Engagement Lab

We here at FIRE lab held our first ‘What is Water’ event on 26 April at Copper Bar in Swansea. We created this event in part to start conversations about water, and to engage with different relationships that people in Swansea and surrounding communities have with water. Engaging with diverse relationships related to water, particularly fresh water, is a major focus of our work in FIRE Lab. This first event was made possible by funding from Swansea University’s College of Science—International Visitor Scheme, which also supported Dr. Emily O’Gorman’s  visit and presentations on water cultures.

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Dr. Emily O’Gorman presenting her research reflections on water cultures in Australia (Credit: Geraint Rhys).

Our focus for this event was on poetry and stories, drawing on a strong legacy and history of poetry and spoken word in Swansea. Over the last few months, Tara and Steph attended local poetry open mic nights and…

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Andis Applewhite: New Additions to the AP/RC

2 Nov

I really like these woodcut prints, very contemporary approach to an ancient technique

Artist Printmaker/Photographer Research Collection ● AP/RC ● Art Division of the Museum of Texas Tech University

Andis Applewhite stopped by this summer to visit the AP/RC, talk, and drop off some artwork and related materials for her archive. In addition to six woodcuts and three trace monotypes, Applewhite left with the AP/RC some test sheets exploring colors, textures and shapes as well as several registration prints.  She lives most of the year in Houston but also has a farm and studio in northern Texas where, among other things, she cultivates wine grapes.

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Walnut Husk Ink Revisited

9 Mar

I’ve updated this post about the time I made some walnut ink

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UPDATE:

It’s been about a year since I wrote this post when I made a batch of walnut ink. I’ve been using it regularly and it’s delicious, silky, smooth and rich. It seems to be lightfast, no signs of fading on any of the pieces, although I’ve been careful to use best quality acid-free paper like Fabriano and Saunders.

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Here’s the most recent drawing, in carbon and white conte crayon overlaid onto a background of walnut ink.

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So today I finally finished the walnut ink I started a couple of weeks ago. A friend gave me 4 fresh walnuts (juglans regia) in their husks. I peeled them and left the husks to stand in a basin of water for about a week and a half. They went very black and mushy. I put the basin, covered with tin foil,  into a slow cooker with hot water coming up to half…

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The Eye Wild

13 Sep

News of a fab exhibition coming up at Swansea Print Workshop

15 Years, people and printmaking

A DATE FOR THE DIARY:

The Eye Wild |An exhibition of original prints by Carol Lawrence and Bridget Stevens | Daily 25 -27 September, 11.30 to 4.00 | FREE

where does an idea come from? where does it go? marks on paper from an inner world made visible. Artists Carol Lawrence and Bridget Stevens explore the inner landscape and respond to poetry and myth through printmaking

WITH SPECIAL EVENT | Hear the poems read by some of The Poets, let your eye range wild and see where it takes you. Join us for a Tea Party where Print Meets Poetry meets Cake Sunday 27 September 2015 2.30 – 4.00 pm |FREE

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from bees to bears

26 Aug

Terrific exhibition coming soon to Swansea Print Workshop – oooohhh!!!

15 Years, people and printmaking

An exhibition of prints, drawings and collage

Viv Rhule explores limestone creatures and the plight of bees through ink, pencil and print Kara Seaman creates prints and illustrations about animals from nearby places and faraway lands

PRIVATE VIEW on Friday 4 September from 6 to 9 pm

Continues on Saturday & Sunday 5 & 6 September, 11 to 4 pm

FREE EVENT | ALL WELCOME

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