Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Open Studios weekend at my studios takes place on the 21st-22nd September, 12-6pm, with a Private View on Friday 20th, 6-9pm. The studios are at Palace Wharf, 56 Rainville Road, Hammersmith, W6 9HS. You can find us on Facebook, as Palace Wharf Studios.
Over 30 artists work in this building, and most of them will be opening their doors to the public that weekend. It is part of the London Open City events programme.
I will be showing small prints. 

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Venice Residency

I was recently fortunate enough to take part in the first Winter Residency programme at the Scuola Internationale de Grafica in Venice, returning in January. It was a fantasic experience, and I feel I really gained a lot by doing it. Artists came from all over the world to take part- from the USA, Canada,and the UK. The Scuola is an excellent centre for Printmaking and Book Arts,with a well equipped print room, a studio (and separate accomodation) for resident artists, and lovely friendly, helpful staff. They are currently looking for more illustrators to take part in the year-round residencies (please see their website for further details if interested).
Whilst there I did some copper plate etchings, and started doing collographs again (in a slightly more experimental way, having watched a workshop).I also started a piece on wood...
The work that I started there is ongoing, and I am currently working on more etchings and collographs based on the trip,alongside my new commission- even though I may not have finished as many plates as I hoped to while there! I hope to do some more imaginative pieces combining my memories of the city, and stories of its past.
 I think that the inspiration and ideas I gained there will influence my work for a long time to come...
This is one finished plate; a copperplate etching with aquatint, showing the view from the back studio of the Scuola.  I didn't work by this window, (another artist did) but I went to visit it to see the view often!
Below are some sketches that I did there, when the weather was good...(I thought I had better make the most of it, while I could)

This post will be added to soon, with further work from and inspired by Venice.