So Chinese New Year starts on 5 Feb and I’ve decided to make that the start to my own New Year. Summing up 2018, I’ve moved more into artists’ filmmaking and further consolidated my work thematically.

The plan this year is to watch more artists’ films, up my production values, get into a festival….. and upskill my physical printmaking skills as I need the balance between digital and physical.

One’s own zodiac sign is traditionally not a good year but let’s hope I put in place opportunities for the future, however short that may be, and in the meantime fully be in the present.


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I guess there was a certain amount of beginner’s luck with my first ever cyanotype made from a quick and rough drawing on acetate last week. The fact that it was raining and there wasn’t much sun was maybe a factor too.

Yesterday seemed the perfect day thanks to the bright sunshine but most of the prints did not work – I was trying to capture the shadows of moving plants but I guess I washed the paper for too long or left the paper out for too long….or something else.

Anyhow these are the two that sort of worked.

Still lots more trials to do with this work – am going to be combining drawings, photos and real objects.


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So, despite the rain and overcast sky, the members of the Dover Print Club were determined to make cyanotypes so that’s what we did. It was a huge amount of fun especially as we were very inexperienced apart from 2 of my fellow studio holders who were on-hand with loads of advice.

We got the experiments done just in time before it really started to rain and meanwhile studio holder Kate Beaugie gave us all a photogram demo in the dark space, which we are making available to hire.

The devil will be in the approach as opposed to the technique, which on the face of it seems quite easy!

At the weekend I threw my first pot in 40 years! I almost did ceramics when I left school but ended up doing Oriental Studies at Cambridge… Fellow creatives here in Dover have set up Ceramic Art Dover and ran their first event over the weekend – Clay Date – which was hugely successful with so many people trying out modelling, casting and throwing… There was also a team challenge consisting of throwing a set of 4 sake cups and a pourer…

Oh and I also tried to make a Labrador…

Finally, I have decided to try and sell some work at the Parallax Art fair in July and have started packing it all up. If I ever do it again I hope the whole prep process will be easier and quicker.

 

 


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I’ve just added the chemo drawings I’ve done since January this year to my website: Link

This one is from April.

“I am currently on maintenance chemo so since January 2019 I have been doing a drawing every treatment day, which is generally every fortnight. I allow marks to go through the paper from one drawing to the next and use that as the next starting point. By the end of the day, my eyes are rather blurry making it hard to see! These drawings are intuitive and spontaneous, with the marks contained and held by the gridlines of the paper as well as going beyond them at times.”

 


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