Tag Archives: letterpress

Exhibition Time!

23 Jun

I’ve been more proactive this year in applying for exhibitions and trying to get my work seen by a wider audience, and although it costs to submit work, so far it seems to be paying off as I have three events coming up in the next few months!

I’ll be showing three pieces of work at next weeks’ Royal Norfolk Show, 28th and 29th of June, this is my third year of taking part and as I sold both works last year I have been invited to submit three this time… On show will be my latest etching of Granddad and friends – ‘The MG’, as well as ‘Millicent’- a portrait of my Grandma and an early etching of mine – ‘Granddad’.

I’m excited to have recently found out that ‘The MG’ has also been shortlisted for the Holt Festival – Sir John Hurt Art Prize exhibition, 24th -31st July! A great selection of works by local artists will be on show and the prize will be announced by Lady Anwen Hurt on Sunday the 23rd of July!

'The MG' £195 unframed £230 framed

‘The MG’ £195 unframed £230 framed

I’m also taking part in the 22nd (my 5th) Norwich Print Fair from the 4th – 16th of September. For this I’ve been working on some new prints based on ‘the hand-made’ and so far have produced some portraits of volunteers at the John Jarrold Printing Museum. Below are two new prints that are a combination of etching and collagraph, ‘Bill’ and ‘Jerry’.

I’m still waiting to hear if I have got into the Woolwich Print Fair in London, 20th – 23rd October… Watch this space!

Thanks for reading…

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Courses at Print to the People

17 Mar

There are a number of courses now open for bookings at Print to the People, Norwich, over the next few months. With a bigger team of printmaking tutors, we now have more processes for you to try and some of the courses book up really fast so be sure to book now!

We also have an online ‘shop’ on our website where there is more info and images of each course and you can book directly from there… here’s the link!

http://printtothepeople.com/shop

Courses i’m teaching on include lino printing, muliple block printing, collagraph for beginners, drypoint and etching! Spaces still available !!

Print Run at the John Jarrold Print Museum

1 Jul

(I have a bit of updating to do so this blog was intended for a couple of weeks back!)

Two weeks ago, with the help from the volunteers and experts at the John Jarrold Printing museum, I completed my print run of the poem and lino cut that I have been working on.

The poem, ‘The Printing Press’ by Christopher Pearse Cranch, is about Gutenberg’s press and how the printed word opened up communication across the world! It was the machine that gave us the Gutenberg Bible and all books from then on!

Below are some images of the type setting and lino block in production as well at the machine used at the museum to print the limited edition of 100 copies. These will be available for sale at this year’s Norwich Print Fair and 50% will go back to the Museum!!

Proofing with Progress!

12 Mar

I currently have Wednesdays free to get some of my own artwork done and i’m really enjoying the chance to spend a whole day developing new ideas and working on different projects! I’m still trying to get down to the John Jarrold Printing Museum on Wednesday mornings and am beginning to get my head around type setting!

Below are some pics of a poem I have been setting up… as you’ll see there are some ‘u’s and ‘n’s in the wrong places, this could be because someone put the ‘sorts’ in the wrong place, or more likely I was struggling to read upside down and back to front!

At the workshop, I also took a proof of ‘Grandma’ to see if the soft ground shows when printed. I taught a session on Monday with the intaglio beginners group using a new batch of soft ground solution (copper sulphate) but have resolved that the mix was a tad too weak so I will be testing this again tomorrow to ensure I get better results for the learners. When etching a hard ground the copper sulphate or acid needs to be stronger so that the lines are etched down into the plate and hold enough ink to print a clear line.  There needs to be a weaker solution for soft ground as it can dissolve and break down too quickly, especially if a texture has been used to remove a lot of surface area. However, I do need to make the solution slightly stronger because as you can see by the print below, after 6 minutes it is still quite a light etch. (There are several factors such as time, room temperature, solution, plate type and ground that can affect this!)

I am pleased with how this etching has printed so far, particularly some of the free lines, but I want to draw into it more and work into the background to give it more depth…

I also proofed and actually started editioning the ‘rocker’ print as part of the tools of the trade project! It’s a mixture of etching, mezzotint, collagraph and as it turned out, a bit of chine colle! I had a really clear idea of how this might work in my head and i’m really excited about the result as I’ve been meaning to try combining methods in this way and think it will work really well in future work!

Thanks for reading, L

PRINT TO THE PEOPLE !!!!!!

10 Mar

Print to the People are an artist led organisation that was started up in Norwich by two super keen screen printmakers, Jo Stafford and Vicky Johnson back in 2009.  They provide facilities and workshops on a pay as you go basis, giving the people of Norwich and beyond the chance to develop their printing techniques either as complete beginners, recent graduates or experienced fanatics!

Up until recently the organisation, ‘STEW’, was based on Fishergate and primarily focused on paper and textile screen printing. However, they will very soon be moving to new premises on Pitt Street where they will be offering a wider range of printmaking facilities and events including relief printing, letterpress with Paul McNeill and also I will be getting involved to provide intaglio!

Check out the website and look out for upcoming events! I’ll keep you poste on here too!

http://www.printtothepeople.com/index.htm

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Mezzotint Progress!!

26 Feb

It took me a good while to prepare my latest mezzotint plate (approx. 30x30cm) but having started working into it I have realised that my ‘rocking’ skills have some what improved! The main thing is that I didn’t rush it so the surface is less rough than my previous works…although I have left the edges of the plate, partly because it takes further patience to do them neatly, but it also makes the rocker marks more visible so that when it’s printed you can see that it’s been rocked by hand and not by a machine!

I started rocking the plate last summer but at the time didn’t have a solid idea for the image I wanted to use.  In the end I have chosen this image I took of one of the letter press machines at the John Jarrold Printing Museum:

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So far I have transferred the image in reverse using carbon paper (amazing stuff) and started scraping back some of the mid-tones using a scraper and burnisher, thing is even when it looks like you’re getting somewhere it’s so hard to tell how it’s going to print!

The idea behind this print is not only to draw from my visit to the JJarrold Museum but highlight the lengths it can take to produce an original print.  All the machines and presses on show have a specific purpose and it’s fascinating to know that they were in use every day but nowadays many would be surprised to know how it took a team of people to make sure the morning headlines were physically printed and on the streets between 11.45 and 12.15 every day. (Even the fact that the machines are still functioning and being maintained is a real indication of quality engineering!)

Basically I felt that this image suited working with mezzotint as it involves manipulating the metal surface and being quite methodical. It’s going to be quite a challenge but i’m particularly inspired by Carol Wax’s sewing machines and want to continue developing a wider range of tones and even experiment with mixed media!

This what I have done so far, slow progress but watch this space!!

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John Jarrold Printing Museum

26 Feb

Goodness knows why it took me so long to check out the old John Jarrold Printing Museum in Norwich but I went for the first time during half term and learnt so much about letter press and the different stages involved in printing books, posters and publications!

The museum is right by the river and is within the original Jarrold building (Whitefriars).  It’s run by volunteers who have a wonderful passion and desire to continue spreading the legacy of hand printed type and it’s so important that these old methods are appreciated, especially as we take for granted how computers changed everything.

The museum is open every Wednesday morning from 9.30am – 12.30pm, you’ll meet all sorts of characters and printmaking enthusiasts as well as learn a great deal, all they ask in return is that you give a small donation!