Sunday, 7 July 2013

Preparing for Cambridge Open Studio

No time for blogging recently, life has been extra busy with family and lots of preparations for this yearly event. I am open this weekend (and the next 2) and had some lovely visitors yesterday but know that this afternoon most people will be watching the tennis; so I expect it will be quiet.
Maybe Barney will take up the sport!! I think my raquet is a bit big!
Back to printing, some screen printing in progress, I produce a range of cushions, tea towels and aprons.

 I've done some exciting printing on paper this year after a non-creative phase, I'm proud of the hare print, lino on screen printed backgrounds. When I stay with a friend in Leicestershire we see hares close up in the field at the back of the house and that was the inspiration for this print. The landscape is beautiful, I've shown some favourite trees and the little empty cottage on the horizon. This is the inked up block, a stage I always love as you can see begin to see how it will work out.
It's a variable edition of 35 and I'm using different backgrounds and colours, I think this is my favourite,
but I also like this one.
I always enjoy open studios, it's fun meeting people, gives me a very good reason to dust and make my studio presentable! and it's as if you run a little gallery for a few weekends!
There's a quiet place to sit by the side of the house, just right in this hot sun.

9 comments:

  1. Ahhh so sad I don't live in the UK : would gladly visit your open studio and buy something .....

    Lots of succes and lots of visitors !!!

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    1. Thankyou Els for your good wishes!

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  2. Hi - just seen this. Won't be able to come next weekend, as I have an exhibition myself on that weekend, but hope to come down the weekend afterwards. All looking good - best wishes for a successful Open Studios.
    Lynn

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    1. Great to hear from you Lynn, I look forward to seeing you. Good luck with your exhibition - where is it?

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    2. Sorry - didn't come back to look at reply, so exhibition has happened - it was in conjunction with the Open Gardens in our village - Hilton. Luckily we had brilliant weather, so lots of people wandering around - and it was in aid of Macmillan Trust, so we raised lots of money for them.

      Plan to come over one day this weekend. Hope it is all going well.
      Lynn

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  3. Looks good Anna. I'm just starting to move things around ready for my first open w/e. It does feel like quite an upheaval but always worth it in the end.

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    1. Thanks Gina, let's hope for lots of visitors!

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  4. That hare print is just wonderful Anna. I hope they sell well. May I ask what you are cutting into as it does not look like lino. Is it speedy cut or whatever they call it?
    Both effects using the screenprints work well. You are such a talented lady!

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  5. Hi Lesley, Thankyou for your kind comments, I feel I really know what I'm doing now, one's work constantly develops - or stands still at times!! The lino is what we use at the Curwen, vinyl floor tiles which I now buy in packs of 50, I can send you one to try if you'd like. They are very smooth and quite thin; I prefer them to traditional lino although I use that as well sometimes.

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