Monday, 29 January 2018
The New Year has started well with two lino workshops in different venues, I've started some new work which I will share soon and some other exciting news which will be revealed in due course.
My lino workshops have been well attended and the first one was a Beginners Lino Print workshop at Westhope College, near Craven Arms in Shropshire. This is a lovely venue in the Shropshire countryside and the course includes a light lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The students start off by cutting a test block to enable them to get used to cutting the Japanese silk vinyl that we use, ink it up and print using a small etching press:
Then using an image, drawing or photo of the students own they cut a larger block and then print this in their choice of colour:
A selection of all the prints produced during the day:
The second of my lino workshops took place in a different setting, the workshop at Birmingham Printmakers and this was an intermediate workshop, Introduction to Reduction Lino Printing where one block is used to cut away from and two to three separate layers of colour can be printed from the same block. Although this is an intermediate course I had beginners on this workshop who did very well and coped with the more complicated techniques of this process:
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Looking back at my blog posts I realised that I hadn't included the Holly linocut cards and gift tags that I first printed in 2015! I used Japanese silk vinyl to cut my block above and wanted to create a card with a border onto recycled card and envelopes. This was the second block I cut as I improved on my design in this one.
Firstly I printed my design in a luscious dark green and then printed the same design onto gift tags which are also recycled card:
Later I hand printed the same design with a festive red onto cards and gift tags. All of these cards and tags can be found in my online Etsy and Folksy shops.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Although the summer is long gone I'm catching up with posting photos of my work in the Church Stretton Arts Festival exhibition in which I was an invited guest artist alongside printmakers Paul Hipkiss and David Harbon.
The exhibition was a great success and it always good to stand back and take a look at your work as a whole and reflect on how it all comes together, how the work is progressing and ideas for moving forward. My framed screen prints and blind embossings have been produced for different projects, there is a sense that they complement each other and work well together.
All three guest artists' work together: Paul Hipkiss; David Harbon, Jacqui Dodds
Linoprints and sketchbook by Paul Hipkiss:
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
I am very pleased to have been invited to exhibit as a guest artist at the Church Stretton Arts Festival 31st July 7.30pm to 12th August and also to run a lino print workshop as part of the Festival.
The local Stretton Focus magazine have featured a full page article about me and my work. Included in the exhibition are three of my Birmingham prints which were commissioned last year on a project with BPN Architects in Birmingham.
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
We had a fabulous weekend for our Shrewsbury Open Studios with sunshine and lots of lovely visitors. This was a new venue for me and we were exhibiting in Shrewsbury town itself in a town house built in 1689 where Charles Darwin and his sister went to school. The front has a small garden and Irene had put together a colourful display of plants to welcome visitors:
There are three of us exhibiting our work here and this is Irene Pentelow's wonderful studio at the top of the house, here Irene creates her exquisite jewellery from silver, gold, gemstones, copper, enamel chains, threads and recycled glass:
Next is Russell Parry who has many strings to his bow. Here are his sketch journals on display and he also has some of his beautiful archival hand bound sketchbooks for sale with different ranges of paper to suit your drawing/painting needs:
Russell is also a very talented woodcarver/sculptor and here he is below with some of his beautiful work carved mainly in natural wood:
Here is my work, original screenprints, linocuts, cards and artist books/notebooks/journals, I feel very privileged to show my work in such a beautiful setting and there is a lot of light in the house which helps to show my work. We are open next weekend as well 10.00am to 4.00pm if you would like to come along for a chat and to see our work you are most welcome.
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
I was asked to produce some new work for Staithes Studio gallery inspired by the beach, geology and rocks at Staithes, North Yorkshire. We have been exploring this area of North Yorkshire for a couple of years now as we take family holidays nearby and I have some of my blind embossing prints in the gallery there.
My first steps in this project are exploring the way that the sea has eroded some of the rocks on the beach using drawing, watercolour, linocuts and I have also been making some sugar lift aquatints. These rocks don't usually appear until the tide has gone out and it's a race against time to record what I see before it comes back in again.