Friday, 28 September 2018

Kate Watkins

Kate Watkins, Clevedon Pier. Gocco print

Local artist and printmaker Kate Watkins gave a very inspiring talk to the artists' group this week. She spoke about her 'creative journey' to date focusing on her time at Winchester School of Art doing an MA in printmaking. It was here that she developed her interest in coastal themes, making a panorama of Calshot (read about in on her website here).

Kate Watkins, Flip Flop. Solvent transfer and pencil study print

Kate Watkins, Super Strong. Solvent transfer and graphite

Since then, Kate has continued to develop this theme in her work, using objects found on the beach to make solvent transfer prints over which she uses graphite. She has also created a seres of abstarct images based on coastal themes.
Kate Watkins, Weather Worn Circle. Monoprint and ink transfer

Kate Watkins, Weather Worn IX. Monoprint and ink transfer

I really like the fact that Kate mixes different techniques together (something I often do in my own work) to layer up imagery and create rich colour and texture. I was also very impressed by her drive and motivation to create her art, regardless of the various constraints we find ourselves under these days. Wish I could be as focused!

Monday, 24 September 2018

Southampton Wayzgoose

What a great day we had and what a diverse and interesting bunch of people. There were over twenty stalls selling letterpress artwork and equipment, artists' books, an altered book project that people could participate in, antique books, original printimaking (us!) and all manner of print-related goodness. 

Stall holders came from far and wide - even as far as Scotland. There was a queue to get in at 10am so the free goody bags went instantly, and we were busy all day. 

We were selling work by twelve members of Cowprint on our stall - sales were much better than expected. Thanks to Irene who minded the stall with me all day and was responsible for making the stall look so attractive. And thanks to Katherine Anteney and the British Printing Society for organising the event.

I was particularly pleased that all three of my Pop-up Prometheuses sold, as well as one of my folded books. Very encouraging for my first foray into this area.


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Work in progress

Pop-up prototype. Watch this space.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Pop-up Prometheus

Started fiddling about with pop-ups... Here's my first attempt; pop-up Prometheus with a twist. Literally.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings

Gwen John, Self-portrait, 1902, oil on canvas
Tate. Purchased 1942 © Tate, London 2018

Took a trip down to Pallant House Gallery in Chichester last week as I felt the need to look at some paintings and thought the current exhibition, Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings looked promising. 

Hmm. Sadly, it fell somewhat short for me. There were paintings, including the one above which was great to see in the flesh, having seen reproductions over the years, but I didn't feel they were the best examples of those artists' work. There was a lot of contemporary stuff as well which didn't appeal for a range of reasons. I felt the link with Woolf was a bit tenuous too; better to have billed it as an exibition of work by female artists from the 19th and 20th centuries without the Woolf element which didn't really add anything or make the work cohere any better. Just my view though. I find I struggle more and more with contemporary art these days and there was a lot of it in this show. Is this an age thing I wonder...? Yours, Grumpy Old Woman.