Posts made in May, 2015

The Road to Santiago

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Discussion | 0 comments

The Road to Santiago

It seems to be working so I will go ahead. First I will try to reproduce what was last earlier in the week. The picture is  a photo stencil of an image I took on the pilgrimage to Santiago. Like many people I did the last 100 km (70 miles) in 2010. It was a wonderful time and one of the things I loved most was the plants growing by the roadside – and not only by the roadside but in walls, roofs and rocks. They were a sort of succulent plant and I intend to use more of these photographs in screen printing. I worked into the image above when I had printed it onto acetate  – photo stencils work best when there are no grey tones but more black or white – so here I have made the stalks blacker by using a felt pen. More tomorrow about a few lovely days in...

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Photo stencil technique

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Discussion | 0 comments

Photo stencil technique

I said I would talk about photo stencilling yesterday – it is a wonderful technique as it is so versatile -first you coat a  silkscreen with a photo emulsion and allow it to dry. Coating the screen is tricky as the coating needs to be thin and even and the emulsion is put onto the screen from  a trough held against the screen. Getting right the angle of the edge of trough against the screen is essential and takes plenty of practice – I find I need someone else skilled to help me. Once the emulsion is dry (and this is usually done in a drying cabinet protected from light) you can hold objects against it and expose the image in a light box. This is surprisingly quick. The silk screen pictured above  needed two screens and two separate screen printings – the first golden layer is created from a photo stencil made up of lace and necklace and a string shopping bag (amongst other things) ! The second overprinted layer is a peacock feather screen – I have added more layers to similar screen prints. I particularly like building up the screen prints from different layers. I will write about a completely different photo stencil made from a photograph tomorrow – an image which I love and one that others seem to love too.  It was one that sold yesterday (framed) at Design essentials – the lovely shop in Saffron Walden where I have some of my textiles and prints at the...

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Gainsborough House Print Workshop Exhibition

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Exhibitions | 0 comments

Gainsborough House Print Workshop Exhibition

Today I was at the Gainsborough House Print Workshop exhibition at St Peter’s church in Sudbury. I am a member of the print workshop myself and I’m exhibiting myself – here is one of my linocuts inspired by family holidays at Southwold. We have many happy memories of going there with the children when they were small. St Peter’s is a wonderful space for exhibitions and nicely situated for people passing by as it is very near the town square. I was sitting down at the entrance today stewarding and some very charming and interesting people came in. The show is tremendously varied and of a very high standard. The printmakers at Gainsborough are a very supportive crowd and help each other improve their work. The courses are of a very high standard – I particularly love Annabel Ridley‘s annual photo stencilling week – I get so much done  and Annabel is fantastically generous with her time and knowledge. This is a photo stencil I made on one of Annabel’s courses – I will explain more about the process tomorrow – it’s very interesting and very versatile....

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Olsa – beauty enriches, creativity sustains

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every year millions of tonnes of textiles are deposited in landfill across the world. Added to this creating textiles is one of the most resource intensive and polluting industrial processes – surprisingly enough cotton – which seems a pure, natural material, is perhaps the most polluting to create. Olsa uses fine fabrics that would otherwise be thrown into landfill.

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