Sunday, 5 November 2017

Winter Events

I'm now fully ensconced in my new garden studio and it's really wonderful to have everything in one place.  I've been busy working on a new print of two blue tits in autumnal branches and also getting stock ready for my four Christmas shows.

See my events page for full details and links to the various websites.  Hope to see you at one or more of them.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

New Studio Finished!

Fanfare new studio is finished and I'm in the process of sorting through 20 years of accumulated stuff - mostly paper such as rough sketches, colour mock-ups, orders from shops and galleries (from the days before email), paper samples and catalogues.  There's also dried up paint tubes, ink pots and dusty reference books (from the days before google images).  It's taking quite a while, so there's not much in the way of new work taking place.

I'm hoping to be fully moved in by the end of next week.  I'm really looking forward to having a clutter free and more organised working environment but I'm sure it will take me a while to remember where I've put everything.

Big thanks to Mark and Stuart from myspacestudios for doing such a great job.

If you would like to hear about printmaking workshops, starting in the New Year, please let me know.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Hahnemühle Mini Print Exhibition

Wren, Long Tailed Tits and Oyster-catchers

Delighted to have all three pieces I submitted to the Hahnemühle Mini Print Exhibition accepted  and on display from 22nd September, starting in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Cambridge Art Book

I'm thrilled to be able to tell you about a new book which was launched last week at Heffers Book Shop; The Cambridge Art Book.  It features 51 artists who depict Cambridge and the surrounding area in a variety of style and media.  My two Bike prints are on page 109.  The idea was thought of my Emma Bennett last September.  I'm not sure how she managed to get all the artwork together, curate and edit the book as well as get it published and in the shops in such a short time, but she has and it's a really great publication.

I have a few copies, so if you would like one, let me know.  They are £14.99.

New Studio

Cambridge Open Studios is over for another year.  This is the last year I'll be based in our garage as I'm having a purpose built garden studio constructed as I type.  It's been something I've been hankering after for 25 years and I can't really believe it's finally happening.  I'll post regular updates here or on instagram so you can see progress.

I'm hoping to be able to run printmaking workshops, so if you are interested in learning how to make drypoints, collographs or relief printing, contact me and I'll add you to the list and send out details when they have been finalised.

Friday, 2 June 2017

New Baking tea towels

These have been in the planning stage for about a year, so I'm really pleased to finally have them finished.  I was asked to design a bread/flour themed tea towel to sell at Anglesey Abbey National Trust shop.  In the gardens is Lode Mill, a working watermill that produces it's own stoneground flour.  I already sell cards and coasters in the shop that feature the exterior of the mill (just visible top right in above photo), so these make a nice addition to the range.

It was really good fun setting up the photoshoot, with visitors asking if they could buy some bread (they could only buy the flour), listening to guided tours telling the history of the mill and watching the machinery turning every now and then.

I was lucky to be able to borrow some of Nadine Anderson's beautiful rush bread baskets and willow cooling/serving trays which really enhanced the composition.  They are also for sale in the NT shop and details can be found on her website Ely Basketmaker.

My daughter did a great job with photography and editing and hopefully can be persuaded to do some more promo work for me.

The tea towels are screen-printed onto either unbleached or white cotton and the design features lots of hand drawn illustrations showing various types of bread and pastries.  There are also calligraphic words associated with baking, grains and flours.

If any galleries, gift shops, bakeries or coffee shops would like to stock them, please get in touch.  They are also available from my online shop and my etsy shop.