Thursday, 5 July 2018

Corita Kent: Get With The Action

Back home after a whirlwind tour of East Sussex visiting galleries including Farleys House and Gallery and the Jerwood Gallery. The reason for the trip and definitively the highlight was a screen print pilgrimage to see Corita Kent: Get With The Action at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Sister Mary Corita Kent was a nun who screen printed bright bold posters and banners during the 1960s and 70s. Her work was a combination of protest and religion which also incorporated elements of popular culture. She was an important part of the Pop Art movement but doesn't seem to get the same recognition as her more famous male contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. 
Seeing Corita Kent's colourful screen prints is always so inspiring and uplifting. I was surprised there were so many on display at Ditchling Museum and it is well worth traveling to visit the exhibition But if it's too far to go I've posted photographs of almost all of the work on my facebook page!

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Artwork at Artlink Hull

In January I was invited to have a selection of my limited edition screen prints, greetings cards, tote bags and tea towels on display in the shop at Artlink in Hull. My work was only meant to be there during March and April but luckily this coincided with the launch of Artlink's new website and online shop. I was pleased to be their first featured seller
My work is still available at Artlink and also from their online shop

Monday, 18 June 2018

Summer Screen Printing Workshops for Adults!

This summer there will be lots of opportunities to learn to screen print on either tote-bags or paper! I am running several different workshops in Birmingham including;

14/07/18 Dinosaur & bird inspired tote bag printing with hand-cut stencils at BM&AG
11/08/18 Dinosaur & bird inspired tote bag printing with hand-cut stencils at BM&AG
25/08/2018 Screen printing on paper with hand cut stencils at the RBSA

We will be creating bold designs and patterns, hand cutting stencils using scalpels and screen printing with silk screens, squeegees and bright coloured water based inks. All materials and equipment will be provided as well as hand outs with instructions. For more information about these workshops and to book places please use the links above.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Limited Edition Posters for Oscillate

Earlier this year I was commissioned to design and screen print a series of limited edition posters commemorating Oscillate for a retrospective exhibition at Centrala Space in Birmingham as part of Flatpack Festival 2018 It was a challenge as Oscillate was a club night I went to back in the 1990s... quite some time ago! I drew the artwork for the posters by hand in black and white before screen printing it in two or three colours using fluorescent inks. The designs and colours were inspired by Oscillate at Bonds and electronica from the early 1990s. The particular tracks that defined the experience for me and which influenced the posters are Chatter by Autechre, Simon from Sydney by LFO, De-Orbit by Speedy J and The Fires of Ork by The Fires of Ork. Music like this was the reason I went to Oscillate. At the time it was new, exciting and seemed to be about the future. It sounds as good today as it did back then and instantly reminds me of those nights at Bonds.

Made by Hand Cheltenham 2018

In March I exhibited at Made by Hand England in Cheltenham The organisers also run The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey and Made by Hand in Cardiff. This was their first time in Cheltenham and it was also my first time taking part in such a large high profile event. I wasn't sure what to expect and  I didn't have much time to prepare but I did my best to make new work as well as take part in the social media campaign in the run up to the event.
My stand was only a small one but it was still much more expensive than the events I had previously participated in. Added to this was the cost of getting prints framed, travel, accommodation and food. It was alot of work to get ready for such a large event and also took quite a few hours to install everything on the day.
It was a great opportunity to exhibit my collection of limited edition screen prints at a high quality event alongside many well know established designer makers. I am glad I was able to take part though I am still not sure it was right for my work. With hindsight there were things I could have done to display my work better and make more of the experience. Perhaps one day I will try again!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Brighton Print Fair

I am back screen printing in Birmingham after spending a few days at the first Brighton Print Fair which was held in the Phoenix Brighton. It was organised & curated by Tutton & Young who did an amazing job of publicising the fair as well as all the individual exhibitors. The exhibition style format & display of unframed work suited my screen prints just fine. It was great to be part of such an exciting show & to exhibit my work alongside so many printmakers I admire.
There was alot of work at the print fair which I am already familiar with including Belinda Chen's wonderful screen prints. Belinda was exhibiting as part of East London Printmakers where she prints her work. I've been a fan of her illustration & printmaking since seeing it when we both exhibited at the 'Handmade and Bound' artists' book fair many years ago. Her screen prints are so colourful, imaginative & full of detail!
I also love Jane Walker's reduction lino prints & it was a real treat to see an entire collection of them displayed together. I am drawn to the uniformity of her designs & the perfection of her printmaking. I like shininess of the inks as well as how smooth & flat the blocks of colour are. I was very lucky to meet Jane at the print fair & find out a little bit more about her work.
It was good to see such a variety of relief printing at the fair. I have only recently come across Bernard Lodge's lino cuts & wood cuts & the fair was a chance to see them close up. He has a very distinctive style & his prints are so unique. I love the bold graphic shapes, striking colour combinations & transparency of the inks.
Another relief printer whose work really stood out was Teresa Winchester. I've not seen her prints before & thought they looked stunning displayed on the black walls of the Phoenix. Her work has such a magical quality. I like the bold animal & bird characters combined with floral & foliage patterns against bright coloured 
Alongside the print fair there were printmaking workshops running at the Phoenix. I booked a place on Jane Sampson's three colour monoprint workshop. It was a great opportunity to learn from a professional printmaker. I really enjoyed the technique Jane taught us & I picked up some good tips. I even managed to avoid mark making for the entire session by using paper shapes instead of drawing! I would love to do another of Jane's workshops & also visit Ink Spot Press, the print studio she runs in Brighton.

I enjoyed my time at Brighton Print Fair & was sad when it was over but I felt like I had made the most of the experience. I was impressed with how well organised & publicised the fair was & from what I saw there were lots of enthusiastic visitors. I hope Tutton & Young decide to put on a second Brighton Print Fair!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Autumn Sunshine

Screen printing these limited edition three colour 'Autumn Sunshine' prints turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated. Often I don't realise there's something wrong with a design until I've printed it. After the first attempt at 'Autumn Sunshine' I had to tweak the artwork, reprint the positives, re-coat & expose screens & mix new colours before printing more sunshines. Unfortunately I wasn't happy with the second attempt either so this one is actually my third! I think it was probably the pressure of creating new work for both Oxford & Brighton Print Fairs. I rushed & didn't do things properly which ended up costing me time & money.