I had a lovely surprise this week as I finally won a Crown and Glory giveaway! I entered via their Facebook page, which is definitely worth a follow, and a lovely bunch of goodies were delivered this week! In with my winnings was this lovely necklace and earring set by flonightingale, really pretty!
Please come to see an exhibition of work by Camberwell MA Print students (Camberwell College of Art, Wilson Road, SW5), there is a real mix of work and lots of interesting pieces to see. Here is my work and a selection of some of my favourites...
Reduction lino print by me, and photo by Rachel Johnston
Lino prints by Andrew Carter
Etching and screeenprint Julia Rodriguez Gallego
Lovely blind emboss byCatherine Eland (this picture does not do the print justice!)
I have recently discovered George Shaw, and his paintings of the coventry council estate he grew up in. I love the views of graffitied garages and tower blocks. He has a show at the South London Gallery at the moment, and its well worth a look, its also free!
My friend Barbara asked me to repaint her A board to go outside her shop. I went by one evening this week and started work, she wanted something bold and east to read, I hope I achieved that! I had to do it in two shifts as it get late and I wasn't able to put all of the shadows in. I will post a picture of the finished board in situ as soon as I can!
After a horrible gang incident in East Dulwich, a quiet middle class residential area, which left its residents more than a little shocked, I felt it was important to record this horrendous event. (To find out exactly what happened please click on the link below).
I had a lovely day off on tuesday and paid my first visit to Brixton Village. I am familiar with Brixton Market, and really enjoy shopping there for cheap veg and other bargain treats! My friend Emily told me about Brixton Village indoor market a few months ago, and I have been looking forward to exploring it ever since. In 2009 Lambeth council teamed up with a local social enterprise with the aim of regenerating the vacant units in the once famous market, and it has been really successful. Now there are vintage clothes shops, old fashioned sweet shops, small art galleries, and an amazing selection of cafes. I had a really tasty lunch at a colombian cafe, everyone spoke spanish and there was a lovely friendly atmosphere!
After my first resin experiments I visited Tiranti's Sculpture Supplies on Warren Street (London). Here I picked up some silicone to make moulds with, and some more clear resin. I had found that the cheaper craft resin I was using initially goes cloudy when set in a silicone mould, weird. This new resin does not do this, however I am still not getting a totally smooth effect on the outside of the wee gems. Also I think i have had problems due to adding too much catalyst to the resin, which is making strange patterns on the surface. I am next going to try some polypropylene moulds which i found online, these promise to have good results, we shall see!!
After playing around with some Gedeo craft resin I though my experiment had failing as the resin fused to the make-shift mould. But a few days later and i was playing around with it and a block of resin dropped out! I then managed to pop out all the other blocks too (using brute force and ignorance). The blocks are quite bubbly and have a strange cloudy pattern through them, which i think comes from using vegetable oil as mould release.
I have been working on this big lino cut for a week or so, this is it in progress. I took a proof today to check all was going well and I am quite pleased with the results. After dropping one of my lino tools i had trouble getting many fine lines, but now the lovely technicians at uni helped to fix it, so i can go back in a put lots more detail into the image. I am also thinking of adding some sort of border, hmmmm......