It's been nearly a year since my last blog...not just because I hate writing, forget to do it etc but also I've had some IT issues.
Been very busy over the last year so will build up slowly and looking forward to reflecting back on what I've been up to as I am bound to have forgotten a couple of things.
Firstly as it took up most of my summer there was Santander with Plymouth College of Art.
I was honoured to be asked to attend Impact 10 (an international printmaking conference) as part of Allieurs 2 with the college.
Taking the theme of food security/food culture we travelled to Santander to Takuhon (a Japanese dabbing printmaking technique) a tablecloth.
We arrive in Santander.
Our venue for the week.
My own research during the summer had been around the growing 'Food to Go' culture in this country and the waste created by it. Using take away containers as my printing plates I Takuhoned disposable table cloths and napkins.
Takuhon workshops on opening night.
Printing the streets! A little time off put to good use.
An end of conference treat and a trip to the Guggenheim. A sunning building and Richard Serra's work was mind blowing.
Graduate Residency Collaboration Day and Exhibition Opening Saturday, 27 April 2019 from 10:00-17:00
Save the date!
I was lucky enough to be awarded a residency at The Clay Factory at my degree show in June last year.
I've been in the studio since September and have been working hard on a number of 25m long prints using my vintage mangle and bits of driftwood found on my walks along the South West Coast Path.
The idea of making these prints came from a number of questions generated by my graduate show work and my attempt to answer a few of them.
Although all the prints are printed at The Clay Factory once the printing is done I have been taking them out and about. Sticking them in trees, letting them blow away in the wind and go for a swim in the sea.
To celebrate the end of the residency I am having a collaboration day on Saturday 27th April, 10am to 5pm at The Clay Factory. I am inviting everyone to come and join me making the last print of my residency.
I am also having a little exhibition, opening on the same day, to show the work done during the residency and experiments inspired by them.
Come and join the fun.
Not a natural writer however I am looking for a way of recording my printmaking journey, so please bare with. In June this year I graduated from Plymouth college of art. I was on the BA Painting, Drawing and printmaking programme.
I began the course with the aim to become a printmaker and after a wobbly start, the printmaker in me rose to the surface.
A breakthrough in my practice happened when I found a bit of driftwood whilst out walking. Being free from the need to find an image to print allowed me to 'play' with print.
In my degree show, Cornucopia, I showed prints and plate, which was a 8x4 piece of plywood I found on Tregantle Beach. I was honoured to be awarded a residency at The Clay Factory, Ivybridge at the show and will be there until March 2019.
Since June we have had three Degree Show Pluses, Ivybridge, Bristol and London. And I was selected to show at the Blue Dot Generation, Arts for Education event at the House of Vans, Waterloo.
In October I started a MA in Printmaking at Plymouth again. And it is this journey that I hope to document in this blog..if I can keep it up!
Looking forward to sharing my experiments, successful and not so.