Tuesday, 10 July 2018

A visit to a vineyard..

Hi there

A few weeks back I was commissioned to create a linocut for a vineyard in North Yorkshire called 'Ryedale Vineyards'. They wanted a print showing their vines, farmhouse and a fox that visits them every so often. Here is the print. 


the vineyard print
They used the print on their posters, flyers and even a special ordinance survey map!

Anyway, they were a pleasure to work with, and seemed very happy with what I produced, and that was that, or so I thought....

..until I received a letter from them saying how much they liked the commission, and asking if I we'd like to come and visit the vineyard, do some wine-tasting and stay in their b&b accommodation for a night, for free!

I thought about this for around ten seconds, and then gladly accepted.










the farmhouse
So about three weeks ago my wife and I travelled up to Westow, North Yorkshire (not really that far Sheffield!). The countryside up there is beautiful, really idyllic rolling hills and big skies.

We were greeting by Michelle and John, the couple who run the vineyard and were given a potted introduction to vine-growing and wine-making and a tour of the vineyard/winery. I had no idea that the climate in the UK was warm enough for growing grapes, but apparently there are several species that thrive in the climate here.







the vines

the winery
We then took a look at the manufacturing part of the process, the big vats that the grapes are squished in, and the bottling process too. It is all bottled by hand, and they produce (and sell) over 9000 bottles of wine a year!


John and Stanley
Next came my favourite part (the tasting of course!). John talked us through the five or so wines they produce, with the addition of some very tasty local cheeses and crackers. The wine was really lovely, and tasted very fresh, perhaps something I hadn't associate with wine before.



At this point, another helper turned up, being Stanley the dog. Now, I'm not really a dog-person, but by the end of our stay I wanted to take him home with us. A lovely hound, he just followed us around hoping for a stroke and maybe a bit of stray cheese.
lovely Stanley

The accommodation was really quite something, spacious, comfortable and very stylish too. Our room was in the eaves of the farmhouse, and named the 'Fox' room. There were quite a few very nice fox prints on the walls. 

the Fox room
We slept like logs, after a hearty meal in the local pub (The Jolly Farmer), and the next morning had what was quite possibly the nicest fry-up I've ever had (again, all local produce).

possibly the best fry-up in the world?
So we left thoroughly impressed with the vineyard and the bed and breakfast too. We bought a couple of bottles of wine too. Why wouldn't you?
a souvenir

Michelle and John were super-friendly and helpful (as were their two sons). It is great to hear such enthusiasm for making their own produce and their plans for developing their vineyards. I hope we'll be back soon.

If you'd like to find out more about them, go to: https://www.ryedalevineyards.co.uk

Thursday, 17 May 2018

(Kind of) like buses....

Hello there

My productivity feels a little like buses sometimes. I try as hard as I can to start new projects each month, but sometimes life conspires against me, then suddenly I create four new prints in the space of three weeks. Where did I get that time? Who knows?!

Anyway, I'm very happy to show you my new prints, plus a bunch of upcoming events and a workshop date too.

NEW PRINTS
This time I present to you two birds and several donkeys! 

I'm very drawn to the corvid bird family, so felt the urge to add to my collection with 'Raven' and 'Rook'. Both are two-colour linocut prints, in the same format as my previous corvids (Crow, Jackdaw and Blackbird(technically not a corvid!)). I really love working out the intricate patterns on these birds, which at first glance seem like a silhouette. They are both editions of 100, and available in my Folksy shop.
























Here is my new donkey print, entitled 'Yellow Donkey Dream'. It is a three-colour reduction linocut (meaning that you cut each layer from the same lino block and can't go back and print any more. Due to the nature of the technique the edition is tiny, only 5 prints, and I have sold all but one print! If you're quick you might catch it in my Folksy shop.











This print might look familiar to some of you. That is because it is the first ever 'donkey' print I created, ten years ago! To celebrate this anniversary, I have a retrospective exhibition at the wonderful Oriel Mostyn art gallery in Llandudno, North Wales. There will be eighteen prints on display, some rare ones, my 'Donkey Jukebox film, and a I have created a new version of 'Donkeys Disturbed By A Meteor Shower', as a two-colour screen-print for the occasion. It will be available to buy from the exhibition (along with various other prints), and possibly online once the launch has happened too. The exhibition, entitled 'Entering Donkey World' opens on 9th June 2018 and runs until September.










EVENTS

Northern Print Fair
Saturday 26th May 2018, 11am-5pm 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds LS10 1HD
It is my first time at this event, an off-shoot of the Northern Craft events in Leeds. I've heard very good reports, and if it is anything like the other Northern Craft events it should be mighty fine.

Summer Arts Market
Saturday 2nd June 2018, Liverpool Cathedral, 10am-6pm
I've not done this event before, but it sounds really exciting, and in a beautiful venue too.

The Contemporary Craft Festival 2018
Friday 8th until Sunday 10th June 2018, Mill Marsh Park, off St John's Lane, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AL
Again, I'm new to this event, but it has a great reputation, and seen by some as the best craft event in the UK, so I'm looking forward to it!

'Entering Donkey World' exhibition
9th June until September 2018, Oriel Mostyn, 12 Vaughan Street, Llandudno LL30 1AB, Wales, UK
Celebrating ten years of making donkey-based prints, I have a solo retrospective exhibition, featuring eighteen works, plus my 'Donkey Jukebox' film. Most print works for sale, plus copies of the Donkey Jukebox soundtrack.



WORKSHOPS
'Introduction to Linocut' workshop

Saturday 29th September 2018
10am-4pm, The Art House, 8 Backfields, Sheffield, S1 4HJ

£40 per place

This workshop is an introduction to linocut printing. There are eight places, and during the day you'll learn how to create a one-colour linocut print (size 10.5x15cm). You'll learn how to compose your image, cut the lino and then print.

All materials are included, and no experience is necessary. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also included. There are eight places in total on this workshop, and all participants must be over 16.

To book, please email me on jgprintworks@hotmail.com

Thursday, 15 March 2018

ermm.. March?

Hello there

Well, I must admit. it hasn't been the most dynamic start to 2018 for me. I caught the flu lurgy that seems to have ensnared most people I know for a good two/three weeks (saved from going a bit crazy by the brilliant Winter Olympics), and that illness seemed to zap my creative impulses for a further while too. And then the snow came (I think I'll stop there).

HOWEVER, I feel that I'm back and almost up to full speed again. I've a new print, a couple of commissions to show you, and some great events coming up, as well as a new workshop date.

NEW WORKS

'Llandudno' is my new landscape print. It is a two-colour A3 size linocut/screen-print. I created the image initially as a linocut, the printed the edition (of 60) manually as a screen-print at Sheffield Print Club

The view is from the seafront at Llandudno looking towards the Great Orme. In the foreground is a little of the Irish Sea, the beach, the seafront with its many hotels, and behind it the mighty headland of the Orme, with its winding roads and houses scattered around. Being part-Welsh, I am very fond of this place and visit as often as I can!

Here is the finished print, and some pictures from the process of making it. I think it was probably the most complex landscape I've ever attempted! It is now for sale in my Folksy shop:


COMMISSIONS
Here are a couple of recent commission I have completed:

The Transports - album/CD cover and inner artwork for Hudson Records.

The Transports is a folk ballad opera, based on the lives of two people sent to Australia as convicts in 1787. The record label asked me to come up with some artwork for a new version of it that summed up the themes within, and also how it relates to human migration in modern times. I found this a fascinating project, and settled on three simple ideas; the relentless sea, a swimming migrant and the vessel that took the first convicts to Australia (HMS Success).


























Ecclesall CE Junior School
I was asked to create this linocut as the school is closing soon, and they wanted something to remember it by. They will be selling prints of it, and other items to raise money for facilities at the new location in Sheffield.










WORKSHOPS
My next available linocut workshop is as follows:

'Introduction to Linocut' workshop
Saturday 16th June 2018
10am-4pm, The Art House, 8 Backfields, Sheffield, S1 4HJ
(Eight places available)

£40 per place

This workshop is an introduction to linocut printing. There are eight places, and during the day you'll learn how to create a one-colour linocut print (size 10.5x15cm). You'll learn how to compose your image, cut the lino and then print.

All materials are included, and no experience is necessary. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also included. There are eight places in total on this workshop, and all participants must be over 16.

To book, please email me on jgprintworks@hotmail.com



EVENTS
Here are the events I have coming up in the next couple of months:

The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair 2018
Friday 23rd March to Sunday 25th March 2018 (preview evening on Thursday 22nd March), The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW
I'm very happy indeed to have been selected again for this fantastic event! It is definitely one of my favourites. This year there will be over 50 printmakers and galleries, and if anything like last year I will be doing a fair bit of shopping myself!
(**Date rescheduled from 2nd-5th March due to the recent snow in the UK)


Print Stuff Saturday 28th April 2018,  The De Grey Rooms,  St Leonards Place,  York YO1 7HD
I took part in this event last year, and was mightily impressed! A great selection of contemporary print and publishing in a really beautiful location.

'Print' exhibition
25th October 2017 until April 2018, The Long Gallery, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TH
I'm very proud to announce that I have been asked to curate a new exhibition at the SCH! It features 18 artist/printmakers, all who have had a big impression on me, in one way or another. All of the work is for sale, and there will be a limited edition of each print available (also to buy online). Some of the featured artists include Marko, Peter Knight, Helen Peyton, Neil Woodall and Sarah Du Feu.



Wednesday, 13 December 2017

a great big....



THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me in 2017!

That is....people who have commissioned me to produce artwork, people who have bought my prints, organisations who have chosen me to be part of their events, people who have come to my workshops, people who have simply emailed me to say they like my work, people who have supported my slightly niche projects(!) and just anyone who has shown an interest in what I do. I never take interest in my work for granted, and I feel very lucky indeed to be able to make a living from being an artist.

Special thanks to Paul at Sonido Polifonico records, for releasing my 'Donkey Jukebox' album, and helping me realise a dream in such a fun way, and to the animation people at Finger Industries for bringing my donkey images to life.

Lastly, thanks to Ben Partridge (of The Owlery) for helping me get around to events all over the place. It is hugely appreciated!

It has been a weird old year, with a lot of political and social upheaval, so here's to a better 2018, eh?!

(The pic above is from the current Kay Mellor TV series, 'Love, Lies and Records'  on BBC1. A couple of my prints feature in the main character's house, including this, my print of 'The Hepworth Wakefield'!)

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Donkey films, music, cats, badges and a new Sheffield view


Hi there

Well November is upon us, and it is well and truly ALL GO!

This month I have a load of new events to tell you about, two new prints, a new badge, a new album and film(!) and a new exhibition too!


NEW ALBUM, FILM AND LAUNCH
Some of you may know that as well as an artist I'm also a musician. On 10th November 2017 my two worlds collide when I release a new instrumental solo album entitled 'Donkey Jukebox', on Sonido Polifonico! It is released as a limited vinyl issue (250 copies), with a lathe-cut 7inch (first 100 copies), an exclusive new risograph print (entitled 'Donkey Gathering'), ceramic token and some badges, plus a digital download, and a bandcamp version (phew!). The album is a designed to be a companion to my donkey prints, and you can have a preview at this soundcloud link or listen more fully on the bandcamp page. To make this even more exciting, animation house Finger Industries have made an animated film of my donkey prints to accompany the launch, and you can see/hear a small section of it on YouTube!

The super-limited album package (LP/7inch//risograph/badges and token) is available to pre-order directly from the Sonido Polifonico label. The standard LP/risograph version will be available from good independent record shops, inc Norman Records), plus I will have some copies in my Folksy shop and at upcoming events.

On Tuesday 14th November the premiere of the full-length animated 'Donkey Jukebox' film will be shown, with a live performance of the music by myself and fellow musician Mark Armstrong. This will take place in Sheffield at Regather Works. Tickets are limited, as the venue is not large, but you can tickets here. Support will be from Dean McPhee and Pefkin.
LP cover

'Donkey Gathering' 2-colour risograph print

LP deluxe bundle





































































NEW PRINTS
I have two new prints available and an enamel badge:



'Otto No.3' two-colour screen-print. Otto is my cat, and the subject of my first ever linocut many years ago. It felt fitting to create an up-to-date portrait of him, now he is a senior citizen!















'Sheffield City View No.8' -  one-colour A3 screen-print and A3 poster print (dark/light blue or orange/grey). My latest Sheffield view is from the city centre looking towards Park Hills flats and the tram bridge over Ponds Forge.


'Terrace' hard enamel pin badge. Previously only available through the pin Drop project, I now have a supply of these in my Folksy shop
















NEW EVENTS

Sheffield Print Fair 2017
Sat 11th November 2017, 10am-4pm, St Mary's Church and Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4QZ
Now in its 5th year, printmakers from all over the UK descend on the city for this one day event. 44 artist/printmakers, plus print demos all day and a print raffle too! I'm one of the organisers of SPF and I'm very proud of what we have put together.

Donkey Jukebox launch
Tuesday 14th November 2017, Regather Works, 57-59 Club Garden Road, Sheffield S11 8BU
film/live soundtrack/album launch event - info as above.

Craft. Fair. Contemporary.
Friday 17th-Sunday 19th November 2017, Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB (Fri  6pm-8.30pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm)
My first visit to this event and venue, and I have heard very good reports! Top quality art and craft in a pretty fine venue.


Welbeck Winter Weekend
Friday 24th November  - Sunday 26th November 2017, The Harley Gallery, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3LL (Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm)
A return to this great event in Worksop, with quality art, craft food and more.

'Print' exhibition
25th October 2017 until April 2018, The Long Gallery, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TH
I'm very proud to announce that I have been asked to curate a new exhibition at the SCH! It features 18 artist/printmakers, all who have had a big impression on me, in one way or another. All of the work is for sale, and there will be a limited edition of each print available (also to buy online). Some of the featured artists include Marko, Peter Knight, Helen Peyton, Neil Woodall and Sarah Du Feu.






Monday, 2 October 2017

Villages, albums, exhibitions and more...

Hi there

October brings a lot of different things to print world, it would seem...

NEW PRINTS
I have a new print available, entitled 'The Donkey Village'. It is a 3-colour A3 size linocut/screen-print. The print is a continuation of my donkey-world theme, this time set in a mysterious village. It is a limited edition of 50 copies, and for sale in my Folksy shop.









































WORKSHOPS
I have a new 'Intro To Linocut' workshop date available and ready to book on Sat 13th January 2018. It takes place (as usual) at The Art House in Sheffield city centre. There are 8 places at £40 per place. All materials are provided and no experience needed. Email me on jgprintworks@hotmail.com to book or for more info

NEW EVENTS

Northern Craft
Sat 14th October 2017, 11am-5pm, Northern Monk Brewery, The Old Flax Store, Marshalls Mill, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 9YJ
I'm back at this quality event. Last time, in August, there was all sorts of great stuff, leatherwork, plants, ceramics, prints and some amazing food and beer too!

Manchester Print Fair
Sat 21st and Sun 22nd October 2017, 10am-5pm, Upper Campfield Market, Manchester, Barton St, Manchester M3 4NN
MPF events have been making quite a name for themselves. Always packed and full of innovative contemporary print work. Please note -  I'm going to be there just on the Sunday.


NEW EXHIBITION
'Print' exhibition
25th October until January 2018, The Long Gallery, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TH
I'm very proud to announce that I have been asked to curate a new exhibition at the SCH! It features 18 artist/printmakers, all who have had a big impression on me, in one way or another. All of the work is for sale, and there will be a limited edition of each print available. Some of the featured artists include Marko, Neil Woodall and Sarah Du Feu.


NEW ALBUM




Some of you may know that as well as an artist I'm also a musician. On 14th November 2017 my two worlds collide when I release a new instrumental solo album entitled 'Donkey Jukebox', on Sonido Polifonico on 14th November 2017!. It is released as a limited vinyl issue (250 copies), with a lathe-cut 7inch (first 100), a risograph print, ceramic token and some badges, plus a digital download, and a bandcamp version (phew!). The album is a designed to be a companion to my donkey prints, and you can have a preview at this soundcloud link if you like. I'll post up a link next month when it is available to buy, and I'm also having a launch event on that date in Sheffield at Regather Works if people are interested, including the premiere of an animated version of my donkey prints! Tickets are available from Regather, and are very limited.

LAST PRINTS
Just to let you know, I only have one copy each of 'Sheffield City View No.6' A3 screen-print, and 'Cromer No.2' linocut!


MORE GREETING CARDS
I now have a selection of eighteen different greeting cards, available from my card publishers Green Pebble, including versions of 'Peloton', 'Blue Donkey Regrets The Adventure', 'Fox In The Snow', 'Blackbirds and Thrushes' and more..oh and you can get a notebook with my 'Donkey and Bird' design on the cover too.