Sunday, 23 April 2017

Getting Ready for an Exhibition

 So in my call to arms I vowed to do something creative at least once a week and post it here as proof that I had done it. Like all good intentions there has been a little slip up and I haven't posted anything here in two weeks. But do not fear for me dear reader, I have been Doing Stuff. I just haven't been posting it! There's been no time - honest!

If you're following me on Instagram, you will have seen that I have been carving, printing, pom-pom making, batik-ing and drawing all in preparation for the Chichester Art Trail which starts next Saturday. Those of you who know me well will know that I'm a little bit of a procrastinator and I tend to do things fairly last minute. So instead of printing and framing a little bit each week for the last several months I am putting together pretty much everything in the last month before the show... I also just had a commission deadline this week but more on that later. The etchings and linocuts that I've shown here on 'life the holly way' will feature plus lots more that I've been working on all year. 

If you've been keeping up with this blog you'll know that I have access to a lovely printmaking studio so almost all of my spare hours have been spent there finishing off prints, editioning prints, making new screens and designing fabrics for new homewares. 

 Here's a preview of one of my new favourite screen prints:

This print is made up of 7 layers and is part of a new series of Egret prints. (The key piece in this series is a unique screen print on a vintage map, commissioned as a wedding present - but this will be in its new home by the time of the exhibition).

If you're local and are able to pop along to the show there will be screen prints, linocuts, etchings, lampshades, cushions and bags... The exhibition opens next weekend on the 29th April and is open on Sunday 30th, Monday 1st and the following weekend on the 6th and 7th May. We're open from 10.30-5.30 on these days at Handprinted in Bognor Regis. 

Before that day I'll be putting in more hours in the studio where I will be mounting, framing, finishing and hanging prints. I also have four lampshades to make.

 It's pretty tiring.


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