Sunday, 23 June 2019

Last Week of My Screen Print Exhibition!

It's almost the last week of my exhibition in the Coach House Gallery at Winterbourne House and Garden. I've really enjoyed showing my screen prints in the gallery and it's been great to have some red dots next to my work! I'm lucky to live near such a lovely place and to have had the opportunity to spend more time there. Exploring the gardens in sunshine and even in downpours has been lovely, there's so much to see and so much inspiration! 
My screen print exhibition is on until the 2nd of July 2019 in the Coach House Gallery at: 
Winterbourne House and Garden
University of Birmingham
58 Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham
B15 2RT
https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/karoline-rerrie-screen-print-exhibition/

Friday, 14 June 2019

Screen Print Workshop at Winterbourne House and Garden

At the moment I'm busy practising my stencil cutting and printing lots of examples for my screen printing workshop on Saturday June the 22nd at Winterbourne House and Garden in Birmingham. It's part of their Year of Print and there will be plenty of inspiration in the beautiful gardens. 
The technique I will be teaching is screen printing using hand cut paper stencils with drawing materials or paints. The advantage of this is that multiple colours can be printed using just one stencil! The prints have lots of texture and each one is slightly different as you can see from these examples. During the workshop participants will create their own designs and use scalpels to carefully hand cut paper stencils. They will work directly onto silk screens to add colour using different drawing materials or paints. Then they will use their stencils, silk screens and squeegees to screen print a small edition of varied prints on paper.
Information about this workshop and other Year of Print events at Winterbourne House and Garden can be found on their website.
https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/screen-printing/

Friday, 31 May 2019

Screen Print Exhibition at Winterbourne House & Garden

Here's a little tour of the Coach House Gallery at Winterbourne House and Garden. It's a lovely space to show work and I managed to fill all five walls with a selection of folk trees and other folk art inspired screen prints. All the framed work on display is for sale and I also have unframed screen prints available to buy in the shop... but only until July the 2nd!
My screen print exhibition is on from the 24th of May until the 2nd of July 2019 in the Coach House Gallery at: 
Winterbourne House and Garden
University of Birmingham
58 Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham
B15 2RT
https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/karoline-rerrie-screen-print-exhibition/

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Winterbourne House & Garden - Year of Print

Winterbourne House and Garden have made this their 'Year of Print' and I am very lucky to be one of the printmakers taking part. I'll have work for sale in the shop throughout the 'Year of Print' and at the moment I also have an exhibition of framed screen prints in the Coach House Gallery. These are just a few of the prints I have on display. I am showing a colourful collection of folk art inspired prints which have created over the last 8 years. My work has changed over time and it is interesting to see everything together at last!
My screen print exhibition is on from the 24th of May until the 2nd of July 2019 in the Coach House Gallery at: 
Winterbourne House and Garden
University of Birmingham
58 Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham
B15 2RT
https://www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/karoline-rerrie-screen-print-exhibition/

New Dove Screen Print

I've spent the last couple of days working on a new four colour screen print. The design has been on my screens for almost a year. I set my heart on having a dark background which was difficult to print and I also couldn't decide on the colours so it got left and forgotten about. But now I need some new work so this week I rethought the colours and made another attempt! I printed some proofs first but there was too much yellow so I decided to try some pale blue.
I did a little test print to check what the mustard yellow on top of pale blue would look like. It worked OK so I screen printed the pale blue and then added the yellow details.
Screen printing a navy blue gradient for the background was hard work and very messy, I won't be doing that again anytime soon! Finishing the print with gold leaves was easy by comparison and I now have a small edition of 20 prints on 285gsm ivory Fabriano Rosaspina printmaking paper. They'll be available at my next few events in Birmingham.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Spot the Difference!

Here is the proof for a new 'Tulips' screenprint next to the finished print. Printing some proofs first is time consuming but it really helps me work out the right colours & identify any problems with my artwork. When I printed these tulip proofs not only did I realise that the colours were too bright but also that I had printed the layers in the wrong order.
For the finished print I chose to screen print the background with a green gradient. Next I added some peach details to the flowers before printing the deep red. Lastly I screen printed the green leaves & finished a small edition of 25 Tulips on ivory coloured Fabriano Rosaspina printmaking paper.


Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Print Stuff in York

This week I've been frantically printing stuff for Print Stuff in York over the bank holiday weekend. Print Stuff is a celebration of independent print and artists' publishing which takes place at the De Grey Rooms opposite York Art Gallery. It's my first time exhibiting at the fair and also in York so I'm quite excited aswell as little bit nervous! But I'm looking forward to a weekend of print and spending a few days in Yorkshire visiting galleries and eating cream teas. https://www.print-stuff.co.uk/home

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Coffee & Art

Each year I create a new coffee themed screen print usually inspired by vintage coffee pots & crockery. This time I wanted to try something different so I drew a design inspired by coffee growing. In my design coffee plants with red coffee beans & white flowers surround a hand holding some 'Magic Beans'. The hand motif is loosely based on religious folk charms that are used as votive offerings. So in my design the hand holding coffee beans is an offering for the gods to thank them for a good harvest.
I screen printed my design in four colours. First I printed the light green background followed by the red coffee beans & hand. When it came to printing the green leaves I had to remember to add a missing detail using a tiny piece of newsprint. You might be able to spot what is missing from the one of the leaves printed on the clear registration sheet.
After printing the green leaves I added dark brown coffee beans & finished a limited edition of just 15 'Magic Beans' screen prints. Number 1/15 was framed & exhibited at the London Coffee Festival in March. I am selling the other 14 screen prints & proceeds will go to Project Waterfall to help bring clean, safe drinking water, sanitation and education to coffee growing communities. http://www.projectwaterfall.org/

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Design at 44 in Derby

January means it's time for me to restock some of the shops and galleries I supply. So yesterday was the first day trip of 2019 to Design at 44 in Derby. It's a large independent shop on Sadler Gate with two floors full of work by designer makers from Derbyshire, the Midlands and further afield. I've been lucky enough to stock Design at 44 for the last few years and make regular visits to Derby to deliver more work. My prints, cards and tote bags are displayed upstairs on salvaged furniture and old fashioned school chairs. I added some colourful flower decorations and limited edition screen prints to brighten up the cold wet winter days. I also delivered more one colour prints and mini prints including plenty of cats! I even managed to squeeze in some extra animal tote bags... not many though as I haven't started reprinting them this year. Design at 44 can be found at 26/27 Sadler Gate, Derby, DE1 3NL and on Facebook https://en-gb.facebook.com/designat44/