Friday, 23 January 2015


So this being the penultimate week in January...yes where did the month go? I have managed to keep to my schedule of a print a month.
But it is so hard to make one print at a time, I can't help but make batches, so here are 3 small collagraphs made from card, wood glue and tile cement.
Working in my new space with others working around me is proving to be a delight.
I designed these pieces with the plan of cutting the backgrounds out.
I am not going to say that it is quick or easy to do, but
it does add a different dimension to these small collagraphs.
Next month I intend to edition existing plates to build up stocks for Art in Action...have I mentioned that I have been selected for the Printmaking tent at Art in Action this year? so I will not be making a new print, just letting you know really.
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Monday, 19 January 2015


I love my job, I am lucky enough to be able to combine deliveries of work with short breaks to lovely places. I had to drop work off to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen for the forth coming exhibition, Spotlight, so, the lovely Mr Brown and I took the opportunity to have a little time off in Bovey Tracey.
We got the chance to go to the private view of the biennial exhibition, Get Fresh, show casing the work of emerging designer-makers from the South West. I caught up with fellow Hothouse 4 participants, Angie Parker- textiles, Alex McCarthy- ceramics.
and Jenny Ayrton- glass.
Sarah Brown- glass is also exhibiting as are 12 other talented makers. It is well worth the trip to Devon to see this exhibition.
If you go after Jan 23 you can take in Spotlight, new work from a selection of Associate Members of the Guild and
get the chance to see a group of my Moth Experiment lights.
This is a beautiful part of Devon and the lovely Mr Brown and I had a wander around the Tors, despite the chilly conditions and encountered                                       
some of the friendly locals.

Friday, 16 January 2015


What a week it has been, the start of a new venture in a new venue!
This has been the first week of courses at the yard:ARTspace, Cheltenham and I woke up to a dusting of snow. Wednesday is full on with 3 classes, am, pm and an evening group.
Here is the morning group in the Work room. Everyone made a collagraph plate with tapes and sticky shapes and printed at least 2 images, so it was hustle and bustle from start to finish. 
Everyone went home with a print and ink in their finger nails.
I love this instant plate making process.
We were watched by the Ladies and Gentlemen in the Space In-between.
This space has an exhibition of enamel work this term.
In the Press room the afternoon group were getting to grips with the press
and as with the morning group
produced lovely collagraphs.
The atmosphere changed in the evening, soft romantic light and jazz in the background
did not change the fact that there was a printmaking frenzy and
lots of lovely collagraphs being produced.
We all survived Wednesday, but this is not the only thing happening at the yard:ARTspace in the week. On Tuesday and Thursday between 2-5pm there are Solo workers using the ARTspace to make there own work with just very light technical support from me. It is also a chance for you to pop into the yard and see what we are up to.
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Monday, 5 January 2015


2015 has arrived with a 'bang' for me. I have been talking about my last classes at Hampen Factory in previous posts and a new start at The Yard:ARTspace in Cheltenham.
I found a building to rent at the end of the road I live in and with the
support and enthusiasm of my landlady, Jen,
a great deal of hard work,
lots of this,
several days of painting from 
friends and family...not all of them liked their photos being taken.
Thankyou to all these lovely people who kept the project on time.
Lots of help and hard work from my ace builder, the lovely Mr Brown and Toby, who was often the other side of the camera.
And gallons of this kept the workers smiling.
Just before Christmas my press was moved out of the shed by
the lovely chaps from Art Equipment, fuelled by coffee and freshly made mince pies.
So just like Grand Designs or make over programs, here is the result after lots of hard work from so many lovely people.
The press room.
The yard.
The work room.
And the space in-between.
I have started to work in my new studio this week and my classes start the week of the 12th January. Check out the workshop page on my blog or like my facebook page, for up to the minute news and details about courses and workshops. If you find yourself in Upper Bath St., Cheltenham, GL50 2AU on Tues or Thur between 2-5pm, pop in and see what is happening at the Yard.