Sunday, 20 July 2014


I decided that today should be edition Sunday, much more fun than paperwork Friday which will be heading towards me next week.
So with my inks and collagraph plates laid out.
My paper soaked, draining and blotted
and trying not to be distracted by the view from my studio window, off I went.
So I have now added some new Marans,
Eider Ducks,
Crows with cage,
and these 2 Ravens to my collagraph stocks.
They are all drying on my marble print hanger waiting to be finished off later in the week.
I couldn't resist this studio for a lie down.

Monday, 14 July 2014


I have had this idea in my head for sometime now. I am fascinated by small garden birds and the idea that they will take advantage of man made nest boxes.
Last year we were honoured to have a family of Great Tits nest and bring up their family in the box we have in our garden.
They have not come back this year, but there have been Gold finches flying around our street.
This has got me thinking and drawing
and will contribute to enough material to keep me going for
several prints.
So for my print this month, here are 2 offerings together with gum arabic printed labels.
Gold Finches.
Blue Tit.
Both made using polyfilla, carborundum, grey board and wood glue.
While I had the gum arabic transfer stuff out to make the labels for the collagraphs I thought I would try out something else that has been on my mind for a while. Inspired by the work of Anna Lewis and Rebecca Jewell I have been intrigued by how they transfer images onto feathers. Well I am not sure that this is the way they do it, but gum arabic seems to work really well, so thankyou to Lesley for the fabulous tropical feathers she got for me ages ago and watch this space...labels and feathers, a heady combination.

Monday, 7 July 2014


It is now the end of the summer term Printmaking for All course at Hampen Factory.
We have had beautiful Wednesday weather and
I can't quite believe how quickly the term
has whizzed by.
During the last 10 weeks I covered
Silk Aqua tint with the morning group and
Viscosity Mono printing with
the afternoon group. 
The end of term was rounded off
making sample books
from the printmaking experiments generated over the term.
For details of all my printmaking classes check out the workshop page, but the morning group is now full and there are just a couple of places in the afternoon.
Thankyou everyone who made it such a lovely summer term.

Monday, 30 June 2014


I am still on target, it is not always the printmaking that I am slow about but the blogging.
I like to compare the drawing with the collagraph, so many people consider collagraph a crude printmaking process, but I hope that from the print below I can prove that assumption wrong.
It is hard to make out the carborundum texture of the rook from this image, there is rich embossed black on black which catches the light. The little female chaffinch and the gold finch are made from skim and repair with glue highlights.
I have called this Look Left, Look Right. But I suspect my chums will call it my second pile of birds.

Friday, 27 June 2014

JUNE 2012

I know as we get older time seems to pass by very quickly. I am trying to be very positive about this. As I have mentioned in a previous post, Hothouse 4 is over and I am about to launch into a new artistic phase...very exciting...very scary. Blogs are brilliant places to look back into and see the personal progress we make, we do not always feel as though we are moving forward, so turning around and seeing the path we have trodden shows us the distance we have come. With this in mind I took a peak at June 2012, this time 2 years ago. Crumbs, is all I can say. An excellent exercise, pop a comment and a link to a past post that you would like to share. Whatever we may think  and whatever speed we travel, I am certain it is forward.
Me at my MA show 2012.

Monday, 23 June 2014


So where exactly did 6 months go? For those of you who regularly follow my blog you will be aware that I have been taking part in the Crafts Councils Hothouse 4 program. Designed to give emerging makers support and strategies, to progress creative businesses. will take you to the Crafts Council Pinterest sight and my fellow makers on the program. We started in January after a vigorous selection process and wow what an intense 6 months it has been. The Crafts Council arranged for a photographer to take this creative portrait. Thanks Tas Kyprianou for this great image. 
Thankyou to the New Ashgate Gallery for the exhibition of Hothouse 4 participants and for using this image of the Ladies and Gentlemen for the publicity.
New Ashgate is showing a selection of my Lost Relative spoons and a gaggle of Ladies and Gentlemen until August.
A big thankyou to the partners of the scheme who hosted us in the Midland Cohort. Nottingham Trent University, The Harley Gallery and Rufford Abbey Country Park and Craft Centre.
And of course all the people who facilitated the program, particularly Madeleine Furness, Sarah Palmer and Pete Mosley, I know I am going to use their suggested strategies for many years to come.
The future now that I am equipped to move my practice forward? There is lots in the pipe line, but most exciting of all will be getting together with my Midlands Cohort in a years time to exhibit work together at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester. So watch this space!!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014


 This time of year my walk to work...yes across the garden to the shed, is taking me longer and longer.
There is just so much to distract me along the way
In particular the emergence this week of my resident Scarlet Tiger moths.
These day time beauties are making my garden look very exotic.
But I am also getting a lovely variety of bumble bees, check out the blog Printed Material for more information about these creatures.
With all this going on, you can see where I am getting my inspiration from.
With my new spot-welder I am experimenting, these domes are about 10cm high.
Inspired by some of the makers at the Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, I could not resist adding a little stitch to the this space for a new line of enquiry.
I am making more light pieces ready for an exhibition in 2015 at the Devon Guild of Craftsmanship.
These moth spoons are ready to be delivered to Walford Mill, for their exhibition, In the Dead of the Night, starting in July.
Back to my collagraph a month challenge, this is the plan for Junes print, I can't wait to have a go at this gold finch. He has been flying around the garden all spring. So lets face it, when asked what inspires, I have to say, it's my walk to work!