Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Pin Badges, creatures and further donkey adventures..

Hello there

As ever, it has been longer than intended for a blog update.  Sorry about that. Here goes with some news..


I've always rather liked badges, back from when I was a teenager and sported those little little pop group ones (mostly The Cure, to be honest!), so I thought why not get some made featuring my work? So, the 'donkey badge' was born. They are nickel/hard enamel badges, made in Huddersfield, Yorkshire and feature one of my donkeys (and a helping hand). This one has rather large ears, so they stick out the top of the badge. i had 100 made, but they've gone like proverbial hot cakes. I do have a few left, mind, and they're in my Folksy shop.

I've also created two new donkey prints, one a new 'Happenings..' print, and the other a solo donkey print based on a little sketch I made.

'Happenings in Donkey World No.4' is an A3 size 3-colour screen-print, showing the further adventures of my intrepid donkeys. They're not exactly sure what is going on, but I reckon they're having a good time! They are hand-printed in a limited edition of 30 copies, by myself at Sheffield Print Club. As usual, available in my Folksy shop.

'Donkey Portrait No.3' does exactly what it says on the tin! I was just sketching with a paint brush recently and was a little taken by this little donkey I'd created, so I decided to turn it into a print. It is an A3 size screen-print, in two versions (dark blue & light blue and brown & grey), both small editions of 15 each, printed by myself at Sheffield Print Club. As usual, available in my Folksy shop.

Exhibition at Oriel Mostyn
I'm more than a little bit excited to have been asked to take part in a new exhibition at one of my favourite galleries in the whole of the UK, being Oriel Mostyn in Llandudno. It is a wonderful gallery (with a great cafe and craft shop), with work by all sorts of interesting contemporary artists from all over the globe.

It is a group exhibition, called 'I See A Creature' bringing together printmakers, ceramicists, painters and more to celebrate, well, creatures! I have several of my animal, bird and donkey prints featured in the show, and it'll apparently be part of the The LLAWN Festival (Llandudno Arts Weekend) too. It'll take place from 3rd June to 1st Oct 2017 at Oriel Mostyn Art Gallery, 12 Vaughan Street, Llandudno, North Wales, LL30 1AB. Well worth a visit!

 At the end of this month I'm off to take part in the Saltaire Arts Trail. I love this event. It takes place all over the small historical town of Saltaire in West Yorkshire. I will be in the Makers Fair in the grand Victoria Hall, along with a great load of other artists and craftspeople. The event is on for three days (28th, 29th and 30th May 2017) and there is all sorts of other stuff going on too, craft workshops for kids, music, parades and food/drink. It has a really special atmosphere, and I'm always a bit sad when it ends!

Coming soon...
More badge news, lots more events, workshops and hopefully some more prints!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Birds, patterns, beer and Sheffield waterways..

Should I say Happy New Year? Feels a bit weird in February.

Anyway, I hope you're all well, and past the grey cloud that is January. I've been taking advantage of the relative inactivity of that month (and some of Febuary) and have been working on some new prints.

I've also completed a few commissions which I'll show you too.

Lastly, there are some exciting events coming up on February and March to tell you about.


Firstly there is a 'Dove' that I came across last year when I was taking part in an arts festival in Derbyshire. It was just perched on the windowsill of my b&b room, looking somewhat calm and contemplative. I hadn't thought about it at the time, but with all the global strife that is currently happening, maybe a dove is somewhat fitting as a sign of hope.. The print is an edition of 100, han-pressed in my home-studio.


The other new print is 'Sheffield City View No.7'. It is a view towards the city centre up the River Don. It is available in two poster-print versions, and a hand-printed screen-print/linocut one. I was drawn to this view as it contains such an interesting mix of buildings old and new, including the Old Town Hall, the current Town Hall, the Cathedral Church of St Marie and Exchange Place.


Abbeydale Brewery
Towards the end of last year, I was asked by design agency Field Design to create some linocuts to rebrand the core range of beers made by Abbeydale Brewery. The brewery is based in Sheffield, and makes some pretty fine ales, so I jumped at the chance. The idea of the rebrand was to modernise the look of them, and make them look cohesive, but also retain an element of tradition. Here are four of the designs:

The designs were launched last month and are being used on the 'pump clips' primarily, but there is also talk of them producing bottled versions soon with the designs on the labels. It was a really fun commission to work on, and Moonshine is one of my favourite beers, too!

Sleepy Nico
I was asked to produce a textile pattern for use on a range of baby-carriers by Angeline Braidwood for her company Sleepy Nico. I have to admit, I have never created a repeat-pattern before, but I have always wanted to so gladly accepted the job! The brief was simply to come up with something 'Sheffield'. I've always thought that terraced houses had a 'pattern' look about them, with all the windows, chimneys and rooftops, so took this as my focus.

It took a bit of tweaking, but I got there in the end and was very happy with the result! The carriers featuring my design will be launched at the Northern Sling Exhibition at beginning of March 2017.

I'm taking part in the following events in Febuary and March 2017:
Sheffield City Of Makers Art Fair

Sat 25th Feb 2017, The Art House, 8 Backfields, Sheffield, S1 4HJ, 11am-5pm
A new event, organised by the 'Sheffield City Of Makers' organisation, free entry

The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair
Fri 3rd Mar - Sun 5th Mar 2017, The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 5AW, 10am-5pm
Fantastic event this, and my favourite from last year. 50 printmakers, with some wonderful work, plus workshops and talks from people like Angie Lewin, Mark Hearld and Norman Ackroyd! Free entry

Millennium Galleries Craft Market

Sat 18th March 2017, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, 10am-4pm
Quarterly quality craft fair in Sheffield city centre.