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I’ve been busy!

20 May

I have been really slack at updating my blog lately, but just wanted to show what I have been doing so far this year, on top of teaching and planning new and exciting things at Print to the People (watch this space! http://printtothepeople.com/home)

I have been working on four new etchings, two of which will be on show at this years Norfolk Show. I am working on two copper etchings that will accompany ‘Aidan’s Studio’, these are of closer studies of his workshop and are a combination of hard and soft ground etching techniques. I’ve also just finished two zinc etchings that are part of a new ongoing series of work based on old photos of family in Ireland in the 1930s.

‘A Grand Day Out’ and ‘A Grand Day Out #2’  are now available to buy:£70 mounted, £90 framed – i’ll put them in my portfolio and will also try to get my Etsy shop going again…

 

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Art Car Boot Fair

13 Jun

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Amongst other things I’ve been super busy getting ready for a new event taking place in Norwich this Sunday! The Art Car Boot Sale is taking place at Redwell Brewery, just under the bridge towards Trowse. There will be many local artists selling their goods along with local beer, food and music so spread the word!

 I’ve been busy hand printing some of my lino designs onto tote bags using my own ‘Little Blue Press’ and have been using my garden shed as a studio space! I’ll have some new work on sale as well as most of the prints featured in my ‘portfolio’!

Spread the word, share the link and see you there!

 

Thanks for reading, L

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The Aidan Kirkpatrick Studio

12 May

I vaguely mentioned before now that I have been assisting 82 year old artist-printmaker, Aidan Kirkpatrick, since November 2013. He contacted me through the Norwich Art School to find someone who could help with an order of prints and I have felt very honoured to have the opportunity to work with such an experienced artist. Aidan used to teach etching at Langley School and since retiring several years ago has successfully continued with his own practice, exhibiting throughout the country and also particularly in Bruges – as depicted in many of his works.

I have learnt several new techniques while working with Aidan, for example using a ‘dolly’ to spread the ink across the copper plate, this is when you take a small ball of cotton wool and wrap it in a piece of soft scrim – tying it at the neck with a bit of string or masking tape. I have also been shown how to cut a mount, the best way to dry prints, how to remove unwanted marks and how to cut glass!

I assisted Aidan with an order of around 30 prints, which we completed a few weeks ago. These mostly were his etchings of Bruges as they were then sent off to his contact out there. Since finishing the order, Aidan has kindly let me use his workshop and as it is out in the country, I intend to spend some sunny days producing more work over the summer.

Below are some images of The Aidan Kirkpatrick Studio and Gallery in Loddon, if you pass it – go and have a look!

SPACES AVAILABLE ON PRINTMAKING FOR BEGINNERS COURSE!!

3 Jan

THERE ARE TWO SPACES LEFT ON THIS TERMS PRINTMAKING FOR BEGINNERS COURSE!!

Learn monoprinting, lino cut, collagraph and drypoint!

The course takes place at Wensum Lodge, King Street, Norwich and runs for 12 weeks. 3-5pm on Tuesdays!!

Enrol here!:
https://enrol.norfolk.gov.uk/AvailableCoursesList.Asp

This is why I love printmaking!

6 Nov

I’m not entirely sure why I hadn’t tried printing my plates in colour before now but as I am soon to be teaching colour blending I thought I had better refresh my memory a little.  As it happens I am really pleased with how “With the Spring Comes Wendy” has come out.

The image below is still a colour proof but I will do some limited edition versions using similar colours!

This is the plate ready to print

This is the plate ready to print

 

This is a proof of "With the Spring Comes Wendy" in colour, I am really pleased with the outcome but will try to keep more darker shades around the Wendy house as I think I over wiped the plate around that area. In comparison with the black and white version, this gives a completely different atmosphere and shows a bigger contrast in the dark and light areas of mezzotint. tbc.

This is a proof of “With the Spring Comes Wendy” in colour, I am really pleased with the outcome but will try to keep more darker shades around the Wendy house as I think I over wiped the plate around that area. In comparison with the black and white version, this gives a completely different atmosphere and shows a bigger contrast in the dark and light areas of mezzotint. tbc.

 

Watch this space!!

21 Sep

As my Wednesday evening Printmaking class has been cancelled i’m going to make the most of my time by producing more work before I start teaching in November, so please watch this space!! More lino cuts and collagraphs en route! The printmaking courses are all starting up at Wensum Lodge and i’ve been really excited to meet this year’s learners.  My colleague Gini is off to India soon for adventures and so I will be taking over the beginners, level 2 and level 3 Printmaking courses.. a bit daunting but I’m really looking forward to getting involved!!  It was disappointing this week to hear that the extra Wednesday class couldn’t go ahead but hopefully the 6 learners who did sign up will still have a chance to try printmaking next year.

I made a couple of visits to this year’s Norwich Print Fair and really enjoyed seeing the new work.  I didn’t get in this year but will be applying with my new portfolio in the new year 🙂

Here is the link to the Print Fair website, take a look or even better try and get down there today as it’s the last exhibition day:   http://www.norwichprintfair.co.uk/

 

Thanks for reading

L

Blind embossing

Blind embossing

 

 

Places available on Level 3 Printmaking Course!!

29 Aug

There are still places available on this level 3 course in Printmaking, so if you have any basic experience this is a great course for helping you to develop your skills and techniques!!

Monoprint, Lino cut, Dry Point engraving, Collagraph (and possibly Screen print and Etching)!

The course will be held on Fridays from 9am til 1pm at Wensum Lodge, King Street, Norwich and is run by Gini Hanbury and myself, we just need a few more enrolments to ensure that the course can go ahead! Please take a look at the following link!

https://enrol.norfolk.gov.uk/CourseDetailsView.asp?ID1=1111&ID2=55490&ID3=1

 

Thank you!!