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Photopolymer Etching

  In order to have photographic images in my final book edition ‘Hazel House’ I decided I wanted to print them as photo polymer etchings. The process shares some similarities to screen-printing and etching. The course was at East London […]

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Letterpress

    So, those wooden boxes displaying matchstick toys, trinkets and wooden type hung on D’s walls were once all plan chests of alphabets, fonts and points ‘Type Cases’. On this course we got to rummage in stacks of drawers […]

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Single Section Case Bookbinding

    The second course I did at LCBA taught us how to make a slim hardback notebook with a single bound section of paper inside, and with a foil embossed cover. It is advised to do this course before […]

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Round-back Case Bookbinding

  Ever since I was an art student, and a lecturer introduced us to the concept of artist books and gave us examples to pore over, I have stockpiled ideas for artist books I would like to make, but as […]

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Production Space

A 2017 Professional Development Bursary exploring open access production space in relation to my role as co-director to Paradise Works, Salford, and my own creative practice.

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October

10th October Crit with PAC Home Having completed the courses in natural dyes for textile and digital textile printing, I’ve been exploring how the processes complement other ideas that I am working with. I felt that there were a lot […]

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Talk at Bower Ashton

I will be talking about my experience of setting up a DIY screen print studio at La Ceiba Gráfica, visits to other printmaking studios and exhibiting in Mexico City on 26th October 2017. All Welcome. After the talk, there will […]

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Bringing it all back home

Remember how I said it was about sustainability? How I wanted to become more aware of my materials and where they came from? Well, it all got a little exotic, but it has always been on the agenda to explore […]

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A new personal first

I have been so fortunate to be offered the gallery space at La Buena Estrella, a printmaking collective in Mexico City, to show the results of my research, the explorations I made during my residency at La Ceiba Gráfica in Coatepec. […]

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Bringing it all together

And so, with this print (above) I brought together the objectives I set myself for this period of experiential learning. It is a multi-colour photo stencil exposed in my DIY screen printing studio, harnessing the UV in the Mexican sunshine. […]

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Plant colours

Armed with bundles of dried plants and bags of bugs from that serendipitous workshop on arriving in Mexico City, I hit the local market in Coatepec, where I was surprised how difficult something like achiote, that is used on an […]

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Earth colours

Never have I been so excited about being given a whole lot of mud (well, I probably have, but in the context of growing things… which I guess connects all these ideas).   Thanks to ceramicist Elsa Naveda as well […]

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Binding ideas to the page

So, the first question before delving further into the colours, was how was I going to bind them to the page? I wanted to see what I could source from the local market, everyday ingredients that you find in the […]

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Exploring the use of apps – a professional development bursary

I am delighted to have been awarded an A-N Professional Development Bursary to help me explore how the use of a mobile phone app might benefit my practice.  I currently create collaborative drawings by asking volunteers to undertake walks whilst […]

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So much more than just weather

The weather is a great leveller. It doesn’t care how rich you are, your class, race, creed, gender or what ever people identify themselves as and by. True enough, a lot of people don’t really notice the weather or aren’t […]

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Hosting

How many times have we heard “Pop by, it would be lovely to see you”? Probably almost as many as the “How are you?’ which is often said and frequently not meant as the greeter moves on to the next […]

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It’s not always about money

It seems ages ago I received notification of being awarded an a-n Professional Development Bursary. Back in March life seemed so different. I was going through the “Famine of Freelance” – you know – that thing no one really talks […]

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Ma(r)king Time

“I’m confident that with the funding applications out of the way, I’ll be able to make a decision about next priorities and get stuck in!” That was the last sentence of my last blog – two and a half weeks […]

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Treat me like a fool, treat me mean and cruel…

Since my previous post I’ve learnt that my Taylor Wessing portrait prize submission was one of 429 selected for the second stage from 5717 images entered initially, but it didn’t then make it through to the next phase (i.e. was not shortlisted for […]

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August

I went to London for a week to attend a Digital Textile Printing short course at the London College of Fashion. After an introduction and discussion about textiles, pattern, fashion and interiors, we were given a couple of tasks to […]

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July

Here are the results of my first set on bundled silks. Each silk was dyed using natural materials gathered at different locations including seaweed from the coastline (top left hand corner), dirt, weeds and rusted metal found in the car […]

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Gift – the broader picture

In many ways this project has proved not to be what I expected – a simple matter of making a three minute film about a tea set. Project work is often complex. This project carries the weight of a significant […]

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Palm Pebbles

I’ve been making these little things. I made some of them years ago, though they weren’t pink then, and they didn’t really seem to be anything and so they got put in a box labelled “CURIOSITIES” along with some latex pods, […]

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