Monday, 27 June 2011

disaster today

I do go to the gym and my arms are relatively strong but this was certainly unexpected.
It caused a halt to printing today - I contacted the supplier who confirmed that I have a faulty press!  A replacement should come within a week and I can carry on - otherwise it's back to using the baren.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

New press for lino printing

I got a new press today - just tested it and it works well - I got a good print with little effort. It's not my dream press, as that would be able to print A3 prints, but it  is a good small press. It only weighs 10 kg and is made of beech wood. It's 500mm high, 460mm long and 230 wide.  Hope it lasts ok.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

More photos in Morville Church

Nadia sent me these photos which give a good idea of the beautiful church - a lovely location if rather
challenging for Lis and Paul who hung the work so well.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Some recent lino and wood cuts - plant and garden themes

Launch of 'Shropshire Butterflies' at the Dower House, Morville Sat 11 June 2011

Shropshire Butterflies book, an artistic and poetic guide, contains poetry and artwork relating to Shropshire butterflies.  Much of the artwork was exhibited, and the poetry read, yesterday in Morville Church, next to the Dower House gardens. It was a lovely day and I was very pleased that two of my illustrations were published (a drypoint of the Comma and a lino print of the Ringlet butterfly).
This book is the imaginative idea of the editor - Nadia Kingsley.

Extracts from the back cover:
`This is one of the most delightful 'green' poetry projects I have heard of in recent years.'

'This book will take you through a year of butterflying in Shropshire. Starting in early spring with the species that have over-wintered as butterflies like the
Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, and Comma butterflies we meet each of the species as they emerge. Many people reveal their personal encounters, in poetry and
in images. You'll find acrylic and watercolour paintings, prints, glass, computer-manipulated images and also sculpture. There are many types of poems, but what
they all have in common is an expression of how unique each of the thirty nine Shropshire butterfly species are, and how it can be when we connect with them.
The caterpillars (larvae) and eggs (ova) are not forgotten, for even when we can't see any butterflies they are always there, in one form or another - and long may
it continue to be so. The book ends in winter, but with the thought of the next Spring and the next year's butterflies in the minds of us all. I understand the language
of science. But for me, and many others, nothing speaks the truth more clearly than poetry and art. '
Link to the Dower House Gardens, Morville.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Cyanotypes (blueprints)

I haven't used a blog for a while, so plan to get back into it today, inspired by a good day at the Dower House, Morville where Shropshire Butterflies book,  was launched.  I had a few prints and some cyanotype bunting on show.   You can see some of the bunting above.

I made some drawings on drafting film, picked some flowers and one of my most vigorous weeds, and exposed those to some light sensitive paper in my ultra violet machine in the studio.  I hadn't used this process for a while, it was a lot of fun and proved to be quite addictive.  I had planned to do a few test pieces, then a short piece of bunting to celebrate my sister visiting at the weekend, until eventually I had between 4 and 5 metres of it and offered to take it to Morville.  I didn't have time to waterproof it but it didn't matter as it hung inside. Wax, lamination or possibly resin could work for that.

Cyanotype (blueprint)  was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842 and  was the first successful non-silver photographic printing process. It was also used for the first photographically illustrated book. Anna Atkins' (1799-1871) brainscapes are interesting too