Sunday, 21 February 2016

Hand & Heart

Rings & hands & hearts & what I only just realised is the Boy's Brigade emblem. I like the way the right-hand edge curves of the wooden ampersand bend protectively round the ring and trade mark symbol. The old image blocks come from the archive of Large & Sons who were printers and stationers in Byker, Newcastle. The elements all turn around ideas of truth, commitment & promises. In need of reassurance, maybe?

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Dum spiro spero

I heard somebody on the radio the other day make reference to this motto dum spiro, spero: while I breathe, I hope, or while there's life, there's hope. The concise elegance of the latin and the rhyme, rhythm and poetry within these three words got me thinking & printing. My first version included the word 'hope' but I removed it, preferring to leave space for the word 'breathe' alone.
With very little wooden furniture, making do with odd pieces of wood and magnets works fine to lock the wooden type on the press bed.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

'Bare ruined choirs'

Gloucestershire walking with Walking the Land on Friday January 8th, starting from the Weighbridge Inn and going up in the mud to Hazel Wood and on to Avening.

Monday, 23 November 2015

No L in sight

First cards printed on my Adana 8x5. Maybe the 'No Joy' reading betrays my true feelings about the big business that is Xmas. Difficult to get an even print with the wooden type. Rough & ready umlaut cut from a rubber. Getting an even pressure across the print by adjusting the screws on the back is tricky: you can see here that the pressure fades off from right to left. The clinking sound of the inking disc as it moves round is quite festive!

Friday, 13 November 2015

A is for Autumn...

... C is for Colour and O is for Ode.
The first line of To Autumn by Keats was rolling round my head when I made these prints:

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

They will both be exhibited at a show entitled 'Seasons' opening on December 1st at The Old Passage in Arlingham, Gloucestershire.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Every cloud

My last postcard printed on the Vandercook SP15 in the UWE (University of the West of England) Print Centre before the building is demolished, and the print department moves home on the campus, & I finish my Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking MA.