Busy getting work framed up for the Espacio Print Fair 2016 just a couple of weeks away. At the same time (2nd-6th Nov) I will also have 5 pieces in Flux 3, at Old Truman Brewery – in nearby Brick Lane, really excited about that. So….I am still printing and cutting the sprout-shapes……in fact I might just do another one !
Been on a bit of a roll again, doing garden-related lino prints and monotype papercuts, again.
It’s so nice when a theme takes me over.
One bit feeds into the next, which sparks off further experiments. That’s what it’s all about. If everyone just played safe, and did what we know we CAN do – no new discoveries would ever be made.
Several requirements for small/mini prints set me off carving lino blocks again last month – one went in the post today to the 14th Lessedra World Print Art Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria. I also had to get together a portfolio to submit to the RE at Bankside, which required half a dozen drawings in addition to prints.
I then began interpreting the images using cut up maps as collage (for an exhibition called Reuse Refuse) Again, like the bees, things are taking on a life of their own, and it’s just what I love about this job ! It’s called inspiration, and no one knows where it will go next.
So much for writing every 2 weeks eh ! But work seems to take a back seat at this time of year….shopping, eating, visiting friends and family….all more important ! The article that’s going to be in Dec/Jan. edition of Cloth , Paper, Scissors is called ‘When inspiration strikes’ – and it really does surpise and cheer me when that happens, and it frequently does (fortunately).
I’m still cutting curling/entwined shapes – as featured in the watery prints – and couldn’t help interlacing and curling these together, which sparked off even more thoughts for prints….and sculptures. Could also have something to do with a visit on wednesday to the Allen Jones exhibition at the RA, and seeing his cutout figure sculptures. I loved the little maquettes.
I have decided to try and write something on this blog every 2 weeks – so here I am ! A quick update on the ‘Bees’ that took over a couple of weeks ago – I wrote an article for a well-known U.S. magazine, which will be published in their Jan/Feb edition. More news on that nearer the time.
Another spate of new works, on a watery theme, for the Espacio Gallery Wind, Wood & Water exhibition, Sept.4th-9th.
These are all monotype prints, from collagraph plates, or simply hand drawn onto Gelli plates.
I have had a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding couple of weeks, printing and collaging bees & honeycombs. All kicked off by a small hexagonal rubber that I used to print with bleach onto ink. Magic ! Then came some rubber-stamped bees….and that was it. hooked ! I ended up cutting 3 different bee lino blocks, 2 flat honeycombs and a negative honeycomb on a rolling pin to give a continuous repeat. And it does !! (good ol’ Goldsmiths training proving useful again, after almost 40 years !) Some of these will be shown in the Espacio Gallery Original Print Fair, Bethnal Green , London – October 2nd-14th.
I am really enjoying lino printing at the moment, and have almost finished another one – also to be shown in the Espacio Gallery Portrait show 3rd-8th April.