Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Lino class

I had a great day teaching lino cutting and printing on Saturday with Jill, Jenny and Clare. I wonder if they were as tired as I was that evening?! I do love this teaching, it's such fun helping people to bring their designs to fruition. You always learn from your students as well, so it's an interesting process for all.
Luckily Jill, Jenny and Clare all liked cats, as Pepper aka Tibbles aka Mr. Tibbs wanted to meet everyone.
Here's Jill cutting her block.

Clare inking up -  a delicate balance to get those really thin layers of ink; Jenny taking a closer look!

Jenny cutting her words, back to front of course so that they print the correct way round.

Jill turned out to be the hand burnishing Queen, taking great care to get an even print. We loved her lady cycling along with a goldfish in a bowl.

Clare looks after hedgehogs in her garden, her little hedgehog was delightful.

Jenny did really well cutting her letters, here's the resulting message in red to match her kitchen.

Pepper was also tired with his day of lots of attention!
It's a hard life!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Stephanie Redfern course

Recently a friend Anne and I went to The Bramble Patch in Weedon, Northamptonshire for a 2 day course with Stephanie Redfern. It was good fun to be working uninterrupted on a project alongside other like-minded people in a lovely environment (fabulous shop!). The title was Into the wildwood.
On the first day we printed, painted or stamped papers and fabrics and started designing our piece. Stephanie is on the left.
My friend Anne having fun!
The colours I chose to work with and a sketch of ideas.
We stayed at a hotel in Weedon and had a great meal at The Narrow Boat pub in the evening, right next to the Grand Union Canal.
The next stage......
Anne at work.
Discussions; sorry I didn't know everyone's names.
A few examples of the lovely work, all different.

My first machining.....using Somerset paper as the background.
I used fabrics I'd printed at home using screens I made using my own photographs.

I finished my piece at home, it's called Six Trees.