Thursday, 26 July 2018


The term may be over at the yard:ARTspace, but have been a couple more weekend workshops happening in the lovely sunshine.
I ran my signature workshop Mixed Media Sketch book and Gum Arabic Transfer printing.
In the heat we printed with photocopies
creating layers of 
image and colour.
Then threw paint,
Ink, Wax
and bleach at everything.
Finally folding the sheet of worked paper 
to create these fabulous pamphlet booklets.
I have just had to overwhelm you with the results as
I can't choose my favourite book.
They were all so different and
I feel a bit bad about sending home
several people with a new 
and compulsive gum arabic transfer printing habit.
With the gorgeous weather comes fabulous vegetation. 
Once again I am lucky enough to host the textile artist Claire Cawte for a weekend
of Eco Printing, Rusting and Dying.
Strange things bubbled in cauldrons in the Press room.
Odd packages appeared.
Primitive tableau's were enacted outside.
Looking like mummified exhibits and
works of art in their own right, these packages turned into
wonderful lengths of fabric when unraveled.
Extraordinary colours were produced with fruits, 
flowers and leaves.
Everyone took away a must have accessory.
This academic year the yard:ARTspace has hosted talented artists generously sharing their skills. Next term and 2019 will be no exception, but book early to avoid disappointment, places go fast.
the yard:ARTspace will help you develop your creativity.


The summer holidays are here, but this heralds the end of the 10 week printmaking course at the yard:ARTspace.
It was a very involved term learning to cut and print lino as a feature section to a collagraph background.
The first couple of weeks were spent designing and cutting lino. Printing with oil based ink, including sections of chine collee.
Then off setting the lino print onto a piece of mount board in order to create a collagraph plate that the lino will fit into.
In many cases the collagraph worked equally well with and without the lino print on it.
But as you can see from the following examples the lino makes that extra focus point to 
the over all composition.
There is a morning class,
an afternoon group and
an evening class all running on a Wednesday in term time.
Everyone made beautiful prints, coping with the 
technical challenges I threw at them week
after week.

Next term starts on 19 September and there are now only places left in the morning class. 10am-12.30pm. has details and booking instructions if you fancy an Autumn of learning to make and print collagraphs.