Wednesday, 15 March 2017


I am still on track for a print a month.
For March here is Four for a Boy.

Saturday, 11 March 2017


Last weekend the yard:ARTspace welcomed back the very talented
Lesley Crawley who facilitated a wonderful artists book workshop. Here is Lesley on the far left sharing her knowledge.
What I love about Lesley's workshops are
the fabulous examples she brings along to inspire everyone.
This workshop was all about concertina book forms and 
all their variations.
Lesley shared everything, knowledge, materials and
Everyone seemed to make lots of books.
I particularly like the flag books, everything looked
so intricate. I can't wait for Lesley to lead another workshop...I'm getting my diary out now!
If this has whetted your appetite, Sarah Morpeth will be running a 2 day workshop on paper cut books, her signature technique. 13-14 May, there are just a few places left.
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017


Silk aquatint is by far the most sophisticated way of making a collagraph. If you like tone, this is for you!
It is collagraphs version of mezzo tint. By applying chiffon to mount board, then working from black to light by glueing a range of subtle tones can be achieved.
This weekend workshop was fueled by chocolate based bickies
Everyone worked so hard.
Here are my workshop examples and the different ways the plates can be printed. Starting with top left:-
Intaglio inked with chine collee.
Intaglio and viscosity inked
Intaglio inked with rusted chine collee
Intaglio inked
Everyone embrassed the idea of having strong dark areas that the chiffon gives.
Experimentation was the order of the day.
There was not a plate that was not
made exciting by the viscosity inking
technique, I do hope
that everyone went home happy?
If you would like to learn collagraph techniques in weekend workshops or a 10 week course, go to for details.

Monday, 27 February 2017


Take 8 creative and skilled women, 8 jam jars and the concept of voids, 
add to that the talented Kathleen Murphy aka Murgatroyd & Bean's
and you have the Sewcial!
I am so pleased to have this concept driven workshop at the yard:ARTspace.
Everyone worked so hard and this is certainly not a fluffy sewing workshop,
Everyone was pushed, gently, to think out of the box and into the jam jar , 
expand boundaries,
and create interesting pieces involving stitch.
Kathleen was there to help,
and above all inspire.
There was an amazing energy in the yard.
You can be part of this unique stitching experience.
Kathleen is back at the yard:ARTspace on 8 September for another Sewcial, but book soon, places are going already.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


I am lucky enough to have 2 places to work. And this morning it is the shed in my garden.
I shared my garden with this little chap. I don't get many birds visitors, which is why it really lifts my spirits when I do.
Walking to work is becoming thrilling, as I stroll to the shed I can see spring 
pushing it's way through.
Organised chaos honestly, I know where almost everything is!
Today I am constructing the next installation project for Echos in Enamel, the Arts Council Funded project I am doing with the Museum in the Park, Stroud
Not enamel this time, but printed feathers. I am looking at the letters sent to and fro from home to the front during the First World War.
I think it will be a soft, emotional piece.
It is packed and ready to install at the Museum at the end of March.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

HOW TO...?

Can't get to a workshop at
Get a leaflet with printmaking top tips.
These 2 'How To' leaflets cover the basics of my signature techniques, Collagraph printmaking and Gum Arabic Transfer. They might not be the same as coming on a workshop, but they might ignite your creativity. 
I am happy to post you a leaflet, cost £6 for one or £10 for both, to include P&P, please let me have your address and as soon as I have the payment I will get it into the post.
Email me at for the details. 

Friday, 17 February 2017


I have once again set myself the challenge of a print a month in 2017,
here I am working on February's offering. I do find myself rarely straying from the original drawing.
The plate is grey board with glue and carborundum giving me a variety of tones.
Hot off the press and
hanging to dry at the yard:ARTspace
Here is the completed collagraph with the odd touch of water colour.
I have been enjoying teaching the 10 week courses at the yard, we have been exploring a dry point technique and
 encouraging everyone to make a couple of plates that can be printed together.
The dry point plate is made from file cover plastic and self adhesive tapes and shapes. Here I have printed with a rusted tissue paper chine collee.
A super flexible technique that can be printed with a collagraph back ground.
the yard:ARTspace is half way through it's 10 week term, if you would like to join the collagraph course take a look at the website for details,