Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Shrewsbury Open Studios



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.













Wednesday, 8 March 2017

'Rock, wave, erosion', Staithes, North Yorkshire



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.









Monday, 12 December 2016

Poinsettias




Poinsettias seem to be a plant that is either loved or loathed and seeing the rows of these on sale in the supermarkets at Christmas in their plastic wrappings can be off putting.  For me their red foliage brighten up the house and I bought one last year with the specific intention of making a print.  

I wanted to capture the essence of the plant, rather than a detailed image, so made the continuous line drawing below and then a water colour painting above:







The linocut/vinyl block used to print with:







Printing with dark red/crimson ink using my etching press this is the finished print made into cards:











Thursday, 1 December 2016

Festival of Print, Art Pavilion, London



Two of my blind embossings inspired by the geology collection at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery are included in East London Printmakers exhibition 'Festival of Print' which is open from 2nd December - 11th December 11am to 6pm at the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, E3 4QY


'Brain Coral':



'Tree Fossil':



The Private View open this evening 1st December and all are welcome 6pm - 9pm


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Lino printed cards and gift tags workshop




Earlier this week we were back at Westhope College, near Craven Arms, Shropshire to run another one of our popular lino print workshops making cards and gift tags. Westhope is in the lovely Shropshire countryside and is beautiful at any time of the year and at the moment the autumn leaves are putting on a spectacular show of deep reds, orange, brown and yellow while the meadow is still green.

This workshop is devised for beginners, learning to linoprint for the first time and improvers who want to practice more. Most of the students chose to make Christmas cards and tags but the choice is yours, using a drawing, image or photo of your own to work from. At dinnertime a light lunch is provided and in the afternoon home made cake.

Our next workshop at Westhope is in the Spring on Wednesday 15th March and I'm really looking forward to seeing what new cards and gift tags the students produce.

Here is a selection of some of the designs produced this week:











Beautiful sunset to finish our day at Westhope:





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: