Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The Donkey Monoliths

So, as I mentioned last blog, I have a new exhibition starting very soon, on 13th June 2019. It is entitled 'The Donkey Monoliths', and is a series of eight new linocut-screen-prints.

I had the idea for the series a few months back, when mulling the idea over about further donkey prints and also wanting to incorporated some kind of sculpture in my work. So off I went to buy some Plasticene, and things started happening!

I made several small sculptures on which I imagined the donkeys exploring as a landscape, as a continuation of the donkey-world I've featured previously. I felt it important to actually make the sculptures, rather than just imagine them this time, as I wanted to get a sense of solidity into the shapes, and make them look like convincing 3D-ish landscapes. I love abstract sculpture and I think this is my way of paying tribute to that.

So after I made the sculptures, I then photographed them, created linocuts, added the donkeys and then printed them finally as screen-prints. The large prints (A2) are in a small edition of ten, and the smaller (A3) are an edition of fifteen. If there are any prints left over after the exhibition I'll put them in my Folksy shop. All are printed with System 3 inks on lovely Seawhite Antique White 290gsm paper.

Here are some work-in-progress photos from the project.



The exhibition opening is on Thursday 13th June , 6-9pm at Colours May Vary in Leeds. The exhibition then runs until 2nd July 2019. It is a very lovely book/art/craft/magazine shop in Leeds that also has a gallery space.

I hope you can make it down!

James

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

New donkey exhibition, more new prints, a new workshop date and loads of new events..

Hi there

It is never a straightforward life being an artist, is it? Or being self-employed generally.

Life never trundles along at an even pace. Instead there are periods of calm, followed by mad panicking and self-doubt. It isn't that bad all the time, but the last few months have been a little testing at times. HOWEVER, I bring you news, some quite exciting news, really, oh plus some new prints.

NEW EXHIBITION!


























I'm very excited indeed to announce that I have a new exhibition called 'The Donkey Monoliths' next month! It takes place in Leeds at Colours May Vary, a fantastic art/bookshop/gallery, just near the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

I have created a new series of prints where my donkeys explore a sculptural landscape. Eight new linocut/screenprints, and a small edition of each (between ten and fifteen copies). The exhibition runs from 13th June until 2nd July 2019, with the preview evening on Thursday 13th June, 6-9pm. Any prints left over from the exhibition will be put in my Folksy shop. I'll blog more info soon, with some behind-the-scenes pics!


NEW PRINTS
I have two new prints to show you too.


Firstly I have a new landscape print of 'Polperro' in Cornwall. I visited last year while on holiday, and loved the place. so I have created a two-colour hand-pressed linocut of a view across the bay, in an edition of 100. The print is available in my Folksy shop and at events.


Secondly, and due to popular demand, I have created a poster-print version of my 'Olive The Whippet' linocut.  It is A3 size, printed in a red/brown and grey, and available in my Folksy shop and at events..



WORKSHOPS
I don't do many of these kinds of workshops, but I have one coming up in July:

'Two-colour/Advanced linocut printing' workshop

Sat 20th July 2019

10am-4pm

The Art House
8 Backfields
Sheffield
S1 4HJ

£45 per place

This workshop is designed for people who have already taken part in one of my 'intro' workshops previously, or recently done linocut elsewhere. Participants will learn how to do two-colour printing techniques, or explore one-colour compositions further. 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
While I'm here I might as well let you know the events that I'm taking part in over the next couple of months:


MANCHESTER PRINT FAIR
Sat 11th May 2019, Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX, 10am-4pm
I'm very happy to be returning to MPF after taking part in their brilliant Stockport event. Loads of interesting printmakers and workshops too.

PAPERDOLLS MARKET
Sat 18th May 2019, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham, 11am-5pm
This is my first time at this or any Birmingham event! Loads of lovey craft, plants and workshops. I've heard very good things about this one!

SALTAIRE ARTS TRAIL - MAKERS FAIR
Sat 25th, Sun 26th and Mon 27th May 2019, Victoria Hall, Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley BD18 3JS, 10am-5pm.
I always look forward to the Makers Fair at SAT. The atmosphere is always great at this event, with loads of quality makers, workshops, music, food and drink.

SUMMER ARTS MARKET
Sat 1st June 2019, Liverpool Cathedral, St James Mt, Liverpool L1 7AZ, 10am-6pm
I took part in this last year, and it was a really great event. Loads of stalls and a good mix of art and crafts, plus an amazing venue too.

THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FESTIVAL 2019
Fri 7th to Sun 9th June 2019, Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9NB, 10am-5pm
When they refer to this event as a festival they certainly mean it! I took part in this last year, and was blown away by the size of the event. there are films, workshops, loads of food and drink, live music, talks and not least over 100 amazing artists and craftspeople. The standard is pretty mind-blowing. This year I have a tent to myself, as I am demonstrating linocutting. I will be cutting some new artwork, plus doing some printing (with my portable press). I will also have my prints available to buy too.

NORTHERN CRAFT - SHEFFIELD
Sat 15th June 2019, Trafalgar Warehouse, 120 Trafalgar Street, Sheffield S1 4JT, 11am-5pm
The NC team certain know how to put on a good fair. I've done a few now, and they've always been excellent; Well organised, top-quality art and craft, good food and music too. Sheffield is lucky to have them!

CRAFTED BY HAND
Sun 30th June 2019, Masham Town Hall, Little Market Place. Masham., HG4 4DY, 10am-4pm
This is a pretty well-established event in North Yorkshire. I took part a few years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I thought it about time to revisit. They curate a very wide range of great art and craft, and it is a super-friendly event too.


Thursday, 7 February 2019

Donkeys and dogs (and cats)..

Hi there

I'm not going to apologise for the delay in my blog update. I think you're probably used to it by now. January has proved an interesting month. It is seen by a lot of creative people to be a month to get creative, as it is a fairly quiet time for events and selling in general. However this doesn't always work out. The pressure to create, just because it is January can prove very 'uncreative'. It can make things very tricky, a little like writers-block, I guess. You just have to relax and let the ideas come.

All this said, I have had a pretty creative month (phew)! I have created two (technically four) new prints and a new poster-print too.


NEW PRINTS


Firstly, I have created a donkey triptych (Why, I hear you ask? Why not..), entitled 'The Donkey Trip'. It started out life as one linocut, and I've separated it into three to create the screen-print. They took quite some doing, but I'm very happy with how they turned out. The prints are A5 size, printed with the same grey and orange colours, but with a different blue/green for each print in the sky/foreground. The edition is 50, printed on 220gsm off-white paper. You can buy them individually, or all together (at a slightly cheaper price) in my Folksy shop.



Next there are two versions of a linocut I have made of a friends' dog called 'Woody'. He's a very chilled-out hound, and has that far-away look I wanted to try and capture in print. The first version is the hand-printed one. It is a two-colour screen-print, 56x38cm, printed on lovely 290gsm Antique Seawhite paper. the edition is only 20 prints. The second version is an A3 size poster print. Both are available in my Folksy shop.


Lastly, my 'Otto No.3' print sold out of its original hand-printed edition, so I have decided to create an A3 poster-print version of him, with a duck-egg blue background..
















EVENTS
I've got three events coming up in March...

THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD PRINT FAIR
Fri 1st, Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd March 2019, The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW, 10am-5pm

I'm so excited about this print fair! It has become the one that everyone talks about, over the last few years. The selection of artists there is really wonderful, and it is really a must for any print fans.

MADE BY HAND
Fri 8th, Sat 9th and Sun 10th March 2019,The Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA, 10am-5pm
This will be my first time as an exhibitor to this event, which is connected to the Contemporary Craft festival in Bovey Tracey, Devon. It looks pretty big (100 exhibitors), full of all sorts of quality ceramics, glass, print, metal, paper and textiles. Tickets are available from their website.


MILLENNIUM GALLERY CRAFT MARKET
Sat 30th March 2019, 
Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP, 10am-5pm
I'm back in Sheffield for this event for the first time in a while. Great location, and no doubt a whole load of interesting art and crafts.

WORKSHOPS
I have one workshop currently available for booking

'Introduction to Linocutworkshop
Saturday 13th April 2019
10am-4pm, The Art House, 8 Backfields, Sheffield, S1 4HJ

£45 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 linocutprint (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