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Update November-December 2022

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

Hi Everyone

It’s a beautiful sunny day and I’ve got the washing hung out. This makes me feel as if I’m multi-tasking.

It has been a busy couple of months in the studio and there’s more coming up:

Anne Waggot Knott’s mini-exhibition is up in my print studio until the 1 January 2023. Her vibrant yet grounded work looks at place, form and connections, using linocut, monoprint, digital printing and screenprinting. There are also mounted prints and greetings cards for sale.

Christmas cards and calendars – as usual I’m selling handprinted Christmas cards in the studio and, if all goes well, letterpress calendars based on Cumbrian recipes. The cards will be £3 each or £12 for 5 and the calendars are £8 each. I’m in the process of printing the calendars with Hilary Harrison @undersolwayskies but we are up to the wire on these!

I’ve got a couple of Christmas events suitable for families. Both are short 2-hour sessions and absolute beginners are warmly welcome:

Christmas Lino, Saturday 12 November, £20pp

Christmas Gelli, Saturday 19 November, £20pp

Finally the Artist’s Development course is back and starting in the cold dark month of January, when all you want to do is snuggle up on the sofa. If you don’t know about this course, it’s for artists of all forms, media and practices, based on Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. It’s not a practical course as such and I won’t teach you how to use two-point perspective or hold a pencil but it looks critically at creativity and gives you practical, proven ways to get you moving forward. Day: Tuesday, starting 3 Jan (9 sessions 3 Jan, 10 Jan, 17 Jan, 31 Jan, 7 Feb, 14 Feb, 28 Feb, 14 Mar, 21 Mar), time 19.00-20.30.

For members only: I’m running a skillshare (ie. I provide starting materials and you can work at your own pace) on printing on Tetrapak/foiled card. We might also chuck in some carborundum. £5 for the day to cover materials and ink. Bring your own lunch. Drop-in Monday 21 November, 10am-4pm, but please bob me an email if you’d like to come so I can keep track of numbers.

Other print-related things

The wonderful Hadrian’s Wall 1900 Print Exhibition will be moving from Northern Print to Florence Arts Centre from 12 November -18 December. 60 artists were each given a section of Hadrian’s Wall as a starting point. Many Cumbrian artists (including me!) contributed to this project and I love how the work is so varied, looking at architecture, ecology, diversity and mythology, among other things. I hope you can make it.

Printfest applications are open!

I very much enjoyed going to the preview of Paul Scott’s exhibition at Blackwell House, and his work is a modern, political take on traditional blue and white ceramics, using traditional and modern methods of printing.

And I know this isn’t print related but the HAIR exhibition at Tullie House is fabulous and thought-provoking. There’s a lovely film made by local filmmaker Rachel Owen about hairdressers in Cumbria.

I think that is all for now! The washing might be dry now…

Best wishes and pinch and punch for the first of the month! (And no revenges!)


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