Prize For Illustration 2015

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I thought I would try something different for my entry into The Prize For Illustration 2015 this year. The competition is run by The Association of Illustrators and The London Transport Museum. I have entered the past 2 years with linocut pieces, but have not been successful so far. So this year I decided to do a drawing and colour it digitally using the program Illustrator. I would love to have my images on a transport poster and so I didn’t want to give up entering this competition. So here is a sneak peek of my entry, but I have more printmaking projects lined up if you aren’t very keen on this!

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Cambridge Original Printmakers Exhibition

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During the weekend I also visited the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition. The exhibition includes over 40 local printmakers, both established and up and coming. The event also hosts guest speakers and printmaking demonstrations, for example I saw a demonstration of Chinese Woodblock Printing by St. Barnabas Press.

Highlights from the exhibition include, Andy English, Geri Waddington, Louise Stebbing, Kate Heiss, Nina Sage, John Douglas Piper, Tania Scott Durrant and many more!

The exhibition runs until the 5th October 2014, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about printmaking and even buy original prints!

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Caroline Watson and Female Printmaking in Late Georgian England

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Whilst at The Fitzwilliam Museum on Saturday I saw Caroline Watson and Female Printmaking in Late Georgian England. The exhibition shows prints by Caroline Watson, who is regarded as ‘the first British professional woman engraver’. She worked together with artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds and used the techniques of stipple etching and aquatint.

Highlights include The Death of Cardinal Beaufort, stipple and etching after Sir Joshua Reynolds, (1792)In the exhibition there are two copies of this print, one with revisions made after Reynolds death, where the devil is removed from the image.

The exhibition is on until Sunday 4th January 2015

La Grande Guerre: French Prints of The First World War

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On Saturday I visited The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to see two exhibitions, the first being La Grande Guerre: French Prints of The First World War. The exhibition consisted of colour lithographs and woodcuts detailling the first seven months of World War I.

Highlights include, Dans le Bois de Augustow…, Un soldat allemand en feu... and Notre artillerie lourde… by Eduardo Garcia Benito.

The exhibition has since closed but is available to view online here

My Week

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For me last week was full of artwork, visting several exhibitions and even working on an illustration for The Serco Prize for Illustration. The week began with an unfortunate trip to A&E, but there was a display of several printmakers in one of the corridors, including work by Gail Brodholt (pictured) and Max Angus. Gail’s work includes colourful depictions of London Transport and the medium is mainly linocut, which combines two of my favourite things! I am fascinated by how many colours she manages to include in her prints! Max Angus is also a linocut artist, in contrast to Brodholt his work focuses on scenes of nature, including birds, sea and landscapes. He has produced some lovely graphic prints.

To find out about the rest of my week read the next blog posts.

My New Book Press

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For a little while now I have thought about how nice it would be to have a press. Not having much space or funds for a big press I quite fancied getting a book press to do smaller prints on, so I kept an eye out for one. The ones I saw online were out of my area and price range so I didn’t think I had much chance of getting one. One of my interests is old bottles and breweriana and by coincidence a place was recommended for me to visit. It was The Reindeer Pub in Saxon Street, Suffolk, which is not just a pub but a collectables shop! I was in my element looking at all the great stuff when I came across a couple of book presses tucked away under a table. The pub owner told me he got them from a museum which closed down and after a little research I found out they came from the now closed Sutton Windmill and Broads Museum. I know it isn’t perfect as one of the wings are missing, but it works just as well and I am excited that now have a press of my own to play with! Now to give it a good clean…

A visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum

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Last weekend I visted the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. As well as the vast art collection, I was able to see three exhibitions, ‘A World of Private Mystery: John Craxton’, ‘The Rampant Lions Press: A Letterpress Odyssey’ and ‘From Root to Tip: Botanical Art In Britain’.

The highlight for me was the Craxton exhibition. I had not come across his work before and I was really intrigued by the variation in style…bright and bold paintings to simple pencil drawings, both as impressive as each other. If you have not yet discovered John Craxton’s work I recommend looking him up, you can find out a bit more here.

The Rampant Lions Press exhibition has a lovely selection of letterpress pieces, most of which are typographical. My favourite piece from the exhibition was a book cover design by Sebastian Carter for The Tiger’s Bride. I definitely recommend this exhibition for people interested in printmaking, typography and artist books. The exhibition continues until 18th May.

‘From Root to Tip’ features watercolour paintings of plants by both professional and amateur artists. There are some beautiful images, my favourite was of a purple Iris. The exhibition continues until 11th May.