Friday, 17 May 2013


Apologies for the hilarious pun. I try my best.

I'm a bit late with a May update, as we're over halfway through it. I'll get a move on. Phew...

Next weekend, Sat 25th-Mon 27th May 2013 I'm taking part in the Saltaire Arts Trail, at their Makers Fair in Victoria Hall. It is the first time I've taken part in this 3-dayer, and I'm more than a little excited. I've taken part in the one-day events in the Autumn, but this is truly the mothership. Loads of really great contemporary arts and crafts. It runs 10am-5pm each day.

I'm also taking part in an art auction on Thurs 30th May, entitled '10x10'. It is to raise money for the Article 25 Haitian Earthquake fund. For the project, each artist chosen (100 in all) was given a grid reference on a Sheffield map, and told to interpret something within it. I got a place called Clay Wood and created a one-off edition of a new print of a tree I saw there. The event starts at 7pm at Old Sharrow Junior School, with all profits from the auction going to the charity. There is also supposed to be some musical entertainment and food/drinks, so pop down if you're in the area and get your bidding arms limbered up!

I have a couple of recent commissions to show you. 

Firstly, I was recently asked to produce a linocut for the Sheffield Children's Festival 2013, to be used on their publicity. I chose to create a hot-air balloon scene, having always been fascinated by them as a child. I also sneaked a bit of Sheffield in to the picture too. See if you can recognise it!

Alsongside the festival, I have produced a very limited poster-print of the image for the Museums Sheffield shops. I have produced two versions, in slightly different colours, and each are available in Weston Park Museum and the Millennium Galleries, limited to 25 of each design.

Next I was asked to produce a linocut for a benefit music CD to raise money for Portland Works in Sheffield, entitled 'The Sound of Portland Works'. It is where Stainless Steel was invented, so historically a very important place! Recently it was saved from the bulldozer by a group there determined to save its heritage and keep it going for the dozens of craftspeople who still work there, as well as a fair few musicians too. The CD features a selection of music from groups/artists who practice/record there (including my group 'The Big Eyes Family Players').

Lastly, I have created a logo for a new independent record label based in Sheffield, called Little Owl Records. They will be releasing 7-inch singles and putting on shows in the city.

Thats all for now...(Next month, new solo exhibition and The Art Market in Holmfirth!!!)