Working with clay

I wanted to see what the possibilities are working in clay

Surface imprints

Surface imprints

Textures from natural objects like mesh, lace, twigs.

Textures from natural objects like mesh, lace, twigs.

Taking my shapes into a and working with them three dimensionally

Taking my shapes into a and working with them three dimensionally

Traditional Etching

I have been spending some time this Summer with the very experienced printmaker Mary Gillet. She has been teaching me sugar lift etching at her workshop in Tavistock, Devon. See the pictures for the story.

After applying the sugar lift and drying it I cover the zinc plate with varnish and put in boiling water.

After applying the sugar lift and drying it I cover the zinc plate with varnish and put in boiling water.

in the nitric acid

in the nitric acid

after they have been acid etched

after they have been acid etched

Ink up and ready to print

Ink up and ready to print

My first printed proof - nice and clean!

My first printed proof - nice and clean!

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Show me your glow

Recently I went to Glasgow International Art Festival.

Show me your Glow, Ciara Phillips.

Show me your Glow, Ciara Phillips.

Large scale woodcuts by Ciara Phillips.

Large scale woodcuts by Ciara Phillips.

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Sophie Tauber Arp. Constructing Patterns.

Sophie Tauber Arp. Constructing Patterns.

Mark Making/ Drawing Symposium 2018

Last Friday was all about mark making at Ocean Studios for ‘The Embodied Experience of Drawing’ One-Day Symposium. Thank you to the organisers Marie Taylor & Beth Heaney who posed the questions below:

Drawing as embodied experience: What do we mean by embodied? If we take it to mean simply the union of body and mind, what are the possibilities/limits when this is challenged? Does drawing have the capacity to give us a sense of existence?

Drawing as a voice: If we consider that body and language have the ‘voice’ in common, and similarly suggest that drawing relates to the body and language, how does the use/philosophical theories of the voice relate to the gestural act of performative drawing? Exploring the paradoxical relation between the voice and the body, how might we experience unconscious emotions through voice and drawing – the visible or invisible?

Drawing as performance: Where does it live: as a trace in the mind, an archived documentation or both? 

Drawing as knowledge: Is it tacit knowledge, or a newly encountered embodied experience? Is it a proxy to thinking, can drawing itself think?

Drawing’s place, space and temporality: Considering drawing’s state of flux and ambiguity, what, where or when is drawing’s place? How are spatial temporal conditions contingent to the embodied experience?

 

My body drawing/ drawing the body. My blind marks.

My body drawing/ drawing the body. My blind marks.

Lying down drawing around my body accompanied by music and lots of other artists doing the same thing at the same time. Intuitive marks in charcol.

Lying down drawing around my body accompanied by music and lots of other artists doing the same thing at the same time. Intuitive marks in charcol.

the two pieces I chose to discuss. Internal dialogues with my marks and I wonder what they are telling me?   

the two pieces I chose to discuss. Internal dialogues with my marks and I wonder what they are telling me?

 

Kim Nguyen Performance was impactful.

Kim Nguyen Performance was impactful.

Learning and experiencing which parts of the brain engaged when drawing.

Learning and experiencing which parts of the brain engaged when drawing.

Women in flat advertising images. seeing them a living breathing human beings with Lucy Russel RA. Collaborative drawing and considering our role in each image.

Women in flat advertising images. seeing them a living breathing human beings with Lucy Russel RA. Collaborative drawing and considering our role in each image.

Express Yourself T shirt screen printing

Making a positive contribution at Ocean Studios and in my community is important to me.  In the Column Bakehouse Cafe is the Maker Table and they invite artists to run session to engage the community into creative process.  

Yesterday I ran a screen printing session for young people making slogan T-shirts. The results turned out great and I am planning to run a few more sessions with the lead up to summer. 

Visit my shop to book in, limited spaces available.

Florence learning how to print through the paper cut stencils.

Florence learning how to print through the paper cut stencils.

Maggie getting stuck in with her Grandma.

Maggie getting stuck in with her Grandma.

Express your opinions and wear them.

Express your opinions and wear them.

Passing on skills to young people.

Passing on skills to young people.

WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE WORK

Back in September I assisted Turner Prize nominee Ciara Phillips during the multi-venue exhibition We The People Are The Work, in which Plymouth Arts Centre was transformed into a live screen-printing studio.

Here is a film made about the work we all did together. 

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This is a short film about We The People Are The Work with Ciara Phillips. I assisted Ciara throughout this project working with different community groups in Plymouth. Click the link below to watch. Photo Credit Vicki Fear.

This is a short film about We The People Are The Work with Ciara Phillips. I assisted Ciara throughout this project working with different community groups in Plymouth. Click the link below to watch. Photo Credit Vicki Fear.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFHYefStgE...

Photo Intaglio with Chine Colle

Experimental work during a short course exploring image-making combining techniques in photo intaglio and Chine Colle. 

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Close up of the surface

Close up of the surface

Marks made on Tosa Washi Japanese paper using a litho crayon and pencil.

Marks made on Tosa Washi Japanese paper using a litho crayon and pencil.

lots of possibilities here...

lots of possibilities here...

My next project 'Interpretation of the female form'

I was buzzing when creating these marks during a life drawing masterclass at Plymouth College of Art last month. It is interesting for me to see how they relate to my current abstract screen prints and how they might merge together. I am looking forward to pulling it all apart and reconstructing it to see what emerges.

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