Monday, 20 June 2016

LINO MASTER CLASS

This weekend saw the yard:ARTspace hosting it's most ambitious workshop yet
a Lino print Master class.
In 2 days we covered reduction lino cut techniques,
2 block colour separation,
offset registration,
Blended rolls in inking and
chine collee.
Despite the dull weather the Work room
was filled with colour and
vigorous experimentation.
lots of work was made and
the over flow airer was deployed.
It was non stop printmaking all weekend.
Thanks to Hawthorn inks who had sent me samples to try we
discovered that the prints semi dried over night and did not have the sticky quality I usually find with oil based ink when relief printing...worth more experimentation. 
This was the last weekend workshop for this term, for details of more goings on at the yard:ARTspace go to www.theyardartspace.com or join the yard facebook page, or join my mailing list to be updated, details at the top of the post.

Monday, 13 June 2016

THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FESTIVAL WHERE THE FUN IS IN TENTS!!

The lovely Rob and I crammed the car with tent and enamel this weekend to brave the English summer weather.
We were in Bovey Tracey at the Contemporary Craft Festival 
I was selected to show my enamel work alongside over 200 talented and creative makers.
Camping where the fun is in tents, a joke I never get tired of. This was Brown HQ for the weekend, here is the lovely Rob planning a days walking.
There was so much to see at the Festival, Amanda Denison, a fellow enameler,
Ceramic sculptor, Felicity Lloyd-Coombes 
I had a giant budgie moment with the work of Charlotte Miller and I am the proud owner of a brooch thanks to the lovely Sharon McSwiney who was also showing at Bovey
I loved the ideas behind Vinegar and Brown Paper
Sunday morning meant a fried start to the day.
Felt Folk met my needs after I had been given a corsage pattern
by the lovely Hens Teeth aka Viv who made my weekend light and frothy...thank you.
Sunday morning was all about personalities...look who came to visit me? 
My stand neighbors provided none stop banter, thank you Mat and the very stylish
Ben for keeping spirits high.
The super talented Sarah Morpeth was showing work, and I am very excited as she is planning workshops for the yard:ARTspace in 2017...watch this space.
So 3 days sped by, thank you to all the lovely people who visited me and chatted art over the weekend. So this time next month come and see my evil twin at the last ever Art in Action
Waterperry, Oxfordshire where I will be in the printmaking tent and Sarah will be in the illustration tent.

Monday, 30 May 2016

ALL ABOUT ENAMEL

The story of Archie and Dorothy the second project as part of Echoes in Enamel, has been well received at the Museum in the Park, Stroud. 
The feed back I am getting about this Arts Council funded work is emotional.
People are looking at the enamel pieces and then reading the story of the two locked in their suicide pact, (for the whole story) and have been moved.
But as part of this funding I have been able to run an enamel taster workshop at the Museum.
Here are my examples to whet everyone's appetite. A great deal can be achieved in a day.
I wanted to show that enamel can be contemporary and accessible. 
We used simple methods, just using wet enamel.
Drawing into it when the wet enamel has dried.
Simply cut stencils helped to tighten up the drawing.
Cooking skewers were used as tools.
The group took to layering up the enamel, firing and drawing through in stages.
Everyone went away with 2 or 3 
successful pieces.
Drawing skills were shown to best advantage.
Experimentation was fully realized.
The whole day was lots of fun and it has bought this section of the project to a successful close. 
The enamel book will be on show until 5 June, at the Museum in the Park, Stroud.
Thank you to Northern Kilns for making this workshop possible with the loan of a kiln.



Monday, 23 May 2016

MONOPRINT, THE NEXT LEVEL

Saturday saw a viscosity monoprint workshop at the yard:ARTspace.
I am excited about this workshop as it takes mono print to the next level, from a 
simple effective technique to a complex exciting way of working. 
Using the principles of viscocity inking often used when printing a collagraph,
a runny pale ink stops a thicker ink (the red) from laying down,
then a really thick ink (the black) will not roll onto the pale or (as in this image) blue.
The print is then popped through the press and worked on with more mono printed shapes.
Thin card, textures and wall paper are the low tech, but effective mask starting points.
Hard edge graphic shapes and soft painterly effects can be achieved.
Left over masks can be printed and reprinted to make new work.
This is just a small selection of the days out put.
It is a great way to generate ideas quickly, without thinking too hard. Ideas that can be worked into and taken further.
www.theyardartspace.com for more workshops and courses available for the rest of the year