Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Sheffield Print Fair

November is probably the busiest month of my year and over the next few weeks I'll be going to Oxford, London and Nottingham. This weekend I'll be exhibiting at Sheffield Print Fair as well giving a screen print demonstration there. There are printmaking demonstrations throughout the day and they are a good opportunity to learn about different techniques. I've done the print fair once before and was really impressed by the quality of work on show. I'm looking forward to seeing some great prints and meeting lots of other print-makers.
Sheffield Print Fair
Saturday 15th November 2014 10am-4pm
St Mary's Church & Conference Centre  
Bramall Lane  
Sheffield
S2 4QZ
sheffieldprintfair.blogspot.co.uk

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Eye Candy Festival in Birmingham

Girls Who Draw have been offered a commission for this year's Eye Candy Festival in Birmingham. The festival is a great opportunity to promote ourselves and our Marine Life postcard book but it's also quite a challenge. Everyone involved in the book is so busy, we're very rarely in the same place at the same time. Added to which we are based in different parts of the country including Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and even Cornwall. So it's taken a while to organise our contribution but there will actually be four of us at Eye Candy and we'll be running printmaking and drawing workshops throughout the festival. I'm particularly looking forward to a visit from Belinda Chen. She'll be taking a break from screen printing at East London Printmakers to come and help me run a screen printing workshop at Eye Candy on Friday the 14th of November.
Eye Candy Festival 13th - 15th of November 2014
Boxxed
104 Floodgate Street
Digbeth
Birmingham 
B5 5SR  
eyecandyfest.tumblr.com

Monday, 3 November 2014

Witches at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

At the end of summer Girls Who Draw were commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to create another set of characters. This time we each had to illustrate a witch and two humans who had been transformed into animals! I chose to look at Elizabethan woodblock prints of witches for inspiration which is why my characters are dressed in Tudor style costumes. 
        
Once again the characters were printed life size onto vinyl and applied to the same wooden blocks as in the Who Wears the Trousers? exhibition. But this time the blocks were positioned in different places around the theatre and used for a Halloween Activity Trail. I've been waiting a while to see the finished witches and finally got to see them in situ during October half term.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Screen Printing Workshops

Last year I started buying silk screens, squeegees and other equipment specifically for running workshops. Now I have pretty much everything I need and can teach screen printing where ever there's a few tables, a sink and some willing participants! So far I've taught at a stately home, in a shopping centre, an art gallery, a marquee and even outside a folly. As well as investing in equipment I've also been experimenting more with paper stencils and using them for screen printing. The great thing about paper stencils is that they are so quick, easy and cheap to make, they also give surprisingly good results. They don't require any expensive equipment or nasty chemicals, just a kitchen table and kitchen sink. I really enjoy being able to make a few cuts and then printing straight away. I printed this sunshine in less than a day using 5 paper stencils and 5 colours. Another thing I love about screen printing with paper stencils is the thickness of the ink and the different effects that are created by overlapping layers of colour. My next screen printing workshop is this Saturday at Weston Park in Shropshire www.weston-park.com which is a beautiful location and will inspire some great printmaking.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Saltaire Maker's Fair Festival Special!





















In a few days I'll be heading north to Leeds and then to the beautiful World Heritage Village Saltaire where I'll be exhibiting my screen prints at this year's Maker's Fair Festival Special. The Makers’ Fair is a showcase of original, hand produced art and craft in the unique setting of Victoria Hall over the weekend of 13th and 14th of September. 
Maker's Fair Festival Special
10am - 5pm
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th of September
Victoria Hall
Saltaire
http://saltaireinspired.org.uk

New Screen Prints for Autumn 2014




This year's been so busy and stressful that I've had very little time to work on new prints, there just haven't been enough hours in the day. But at last I've managed to screen print two new designs ready for upcoming Autumn and Christmas Fairs. I've switched to using 'Clear Daylight Film' to make my positives for photo screen printing and it's so much better than using acetates. Clear Daylight Film is compatible with ink jet printers and the positives print out perfectly. The black is more opaque than it is when using acetates which means I can expose my screens for longer and I get better quality photo stencils with very few imperfections. 

Friday, 5 September 2014

Girls Who Draw present Marine Life

My summer was spent working on a new Girls Who Draw postcard book, although the preparations actually started in spring. It took quite a few emails to sort out the lineup of 12 illustrators for the book and get it confirmed. Some people said yes straight way, a few said yes and then forgot or dropped out, others said no or just didn't answer. I was worried it was never going to happen but in the end it all came together perfectly. The contributors are all illustrators I know or have met through selling work at fairs and that is really important. They all need to be reliable, professional and also self sufficient... they must already sell and exhibit their own work. I've been very lucky this year and everyone involved has been amazing to work with, in fact it's been the easiest book to do so far.
 



















The theme for the postcard book was Marine Life which was really an excuse for me to draw more mythical creatures. I've wanted to illustrate Greek mythology for quite a while and was spoilt for choice as there are so many ancient Greeks sea deities. There's Poseidon, the Greek king of the sea, Amphitrite the Greek goddess of the sea, their son Triton, aswell as Nereus the old man of the sea and his daughters the Nereids. It's not hard to find images of these characters as they are all represented on ancient Greek ceramics. My illustrations were inspired by these and I chose to use colours similar to the red figure style of vase painting. I decided to draw a hippocampus, which is part horse, part fish and some of them are even depicted with wings. For my second illustration I drew a Nereid or sea nymph riding a dolphin.

Now the Marine Life postcard books are finished and back from the printers I'll be adding more details about them and the illustrators involved to the Girls Who Draw Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/girlswhodraw