Monday, 19 September 2016

Jacqui Dodds at BPN Architects

My new work 'Reveal Conceal' has now been installed at BPN Architects in Birmingham and is available to view there from 19th - 23rd September.  It's been exciting making this series of prints experimenting with composition, colour and exhibition space.

Artist and photographer Amy Lunn has been documenting my work and the processes I have been using which has been helpful to have someone other than myself recording the work from a distance.  Two of her photos are below along with some of mine:

Photo by Amy Lunn

Photo by Amy Lunn

'Library of Birmingham'  this limited edition screen print is of a different view of the Library.  I particularly wanted to include the Brutalist architecture of the car park to provide a contrast to the patterned layers of the Library:

'BT Tower, Birmingham' below is a preparatory drawing for this screen print, test print and final print. The red is an amalgam of two buildings on Newhall Street in Birmingham which were built in the late 1800s.  They are full of character and include arched bays, an oriel tower and are decorated by fabulous beasts:

'Town Hall, Birmingham' this screen print is inspired by a view of the Town Hall from Colmore Row and includes part of the ornate architecture of the Council House in Birmingham on the right of the print: 

Sunday, 4 September 2016

'Reveal, conceal' at BPN Architects, Birmingham

I've been busy over the last few months working on a new collaboration with BPN Architects in Birmingham. 

I'm really excited about this collaboration and the theme of my project which is 'Reveal, Conceal' , inspired by buildings and architecture around the area which the BPN Architects is situated.

I started by walking around the area surrounding Mary Street, taking photos and getting a feel, essence of place.  I noticed a lot of construction work taking place with some buildings wrapped in scaffolding, netting and plastic sheeting, either brightly coloured or devoid of colour.  These wrappings will eventually be removed and reveal new or renovated buildings underneath.

Walking along Newhall Street into the city through the vistas of the side streets I glimpsed some of the iconic Birmingham buildings which were also juxtaposed with other interesting buildings.  One of the views that I've concentrated on is of Birmingham Library is from the side and with a concrete, brutalist style car park in front of it which isn't the view that's it's usually seen from.   At this distance the colours are less saturated with atmospheric perspective, I've included this on some of the prints along with others that are more vibrant and colourful.

The work will be for BPN’s loading bay and inside the building. I am making a series of prints themed ‘Reveal, Conceal’, referencing the changing landscape of building work interspersed with glimpses of iconic buildings around the Jewellery Quarter.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

County Woman Magazine

Very pleased to have a feature about my work in the June issue of County Woman magazine along with an article on their website: Work in Print

Thursday, 16 June 2016

First weekend of Open Studios, Bronygarth

This is one event in the calendar that I really look forward to the Borderland Visual Arts Open Studio where four of us are showing our work at sculptor Judy Greaves' studio in Bronygarth near Chirk.

It's a beautiful peaceful, quiet place and the views from the studio are stunning even though the weather this year is alternating between some quite heavy downpours of rain and sunshine:

As we show visitors around there are refreshments available and artist Diana Baur has been taking advantage of the beautiful light in the studio to do some painting:

Judy carving stone: 

Me with my work in front of John Smout's paintings: 

Me with my artist books and framed prints on the wall behind:

My framed 'Purple Elephant' limited edition screen print:

I also managed to visit the studio of artist Gill Crozier and purchase one of her prints and a ceramic vessel of Dorothy Harrison's for a present:

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Open Studios at Bronygarth

This weekend and next weekend 11th, 12th June & 18th, 19th June, Sculptor Judy Greaves, Artists Diana Baur, John Smout and myself will be showing our work for Borderland Visual Arts Open Studios at Bronygarth 10.00am to 5.00pm

Please feel free to come and visit us and Judy's beautiful garden, refreshments available

Ashfield, Bronygarth, Oswestry SY10 7LY

Monday, 23 May 2016

In the Shadow of Old Oswestry Hill Fort, artist book and prints

My artist book 'In the Shadow of Old Oswestry Hill Fort' that has been in exhibition in the Willow Gallery, Oswestry is now moving to a new exhibition 'The Human Temperament at Blossoms Gallery in Aberystwyth. 

In the middle of the concertina book is a blind embossing of Old Oswestry Hill Fort, the inside covers are screen printed and the outside is covered with beautiful Japanese Moriki Kozo paper.  

I am inviting the viewer to take a closer look at the archaeology and nature that are intertwined with human activity on and around Old Oswestry Hill Fort and its impact on the environment.  This project came about as a result of pressure from proposed development  in the area which could  subsequently wipe away the identity of the Hill Fort. The 'Ghost Trees' print alludes to the human habit of destroying nature to the point of extinction.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Old Oswestry Hill Fort

On one of the beautiful sunny crisp days in March we went for a walk around Old Oswestry Hill Fort so that I could gather some inspiration for a new project and exhibition that I am involved with.  The exhibition was organised to celebrate the heritage of this wonderful place, its archaeology and environment which may be under threat  by new development plans.

Old Oswestry Hill Fort is a very peaceful place to walk around and I was immediately drawn to the ploughed, straight lines and stubble giving structure to the landscape. This contrasts with the smoother organic lines of the ramparts on the Hill Fort.

It's fairly quiet up on the top of the Hill Fort and as you walk around the only sound to interrupt is the birds and there are also magnificent views all around. The winter shadows from the trees in the landscape were long and drawn out on the ground.