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.
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.
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.
'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 firstname.lastname@example.org