Bid For My Secret 7″ Sleeve

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My Secret 7″ record sleeve is on Amnesty International UK’s eBay page. So if you fancy an original print by me why not place a bid! You have just over a day left and all proceeds go to the Amnesty International charity. It is a linocut printed directly onto the sleeve so you will be getting an original print. Any bids will be much appreciated!

BID HERE!

Secret 7″ Revealed

 

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I can now reveal the sleeve I designed for this year’s Secret 7″! I created an original linocut and printed it directly onto the record sleeve for Tame Impala’s track ‘The Less I Know The Better’. If you want to know where I got the idea for the image from then watch the video for the song, but be warned it is a bit risque!

 

Secret 7″ 2016

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I’m excited and surprised that my Secret 7″ record sleeve design is being included in the exhibition at Sonos Studio, London! Apparently this year there were a record number of submissions, which is why I’m surprised I am selected! I’m not allowed to reveal the artwork until after the exhibition, which is from 8th April – 1st May, with the sale day being on 2nd May. Each record is for sale at £50, with the money raised going to support the charity Amnesty International UK.

Click here for more information on the Secret 7″ project

Bawden By The Sea

On Saturday I visited The Bedford Higgins, especially to see the Bawden By The Sea exhibition. I had never been to Bedford before, the museum is in an old brewery building and is situated in a pleasant spot near the castle mound and the river (lots of lovely swans on the river!).

I was really looking forward to seeing Bawden By The Sea, especially the original lino blocks for Brighton Pier. The exhibition took you from the initial sketches, to the lino blocks and to the final prints. I loved studying the block in detail and reading about the process. It was refreshing to see that the ‘master’ of linocuts made mistakes and struggled with the process, but still produced excellent prints. There are other sea related etchings and linocuts, including Snowstorm at Brighton, as well as porcelain designed for the Orient Line. There were also other works by Bawden hidden away in vertical drawers and a bench that he designed. I was very impressed and feel lucky to have seen the lino blocks up close.

Aside from the Bawden exhibition, I saw J.M.W. Turner & The Art of Watercolour. There were some great paintings, my favourite being The Great Falls of the Reichenbach, the scale and realism are impressive. This exhibition is joined to another room of watercolours from the museum’s collection and included some very nice works by David Jones and Paul Nash. J.M.W. Turner & The Art of Watercolour runs until 10th April 2016.

The permanent exhibits at the museum are very interesting too, I particularly enjoyed Somewhere In England, which documents Bedford’s agricultural and engineering heritage, and also the display about the history of the brewery.

For anyone interested in printmaking I would definitely recommend visiting Bawden By The Sea!

Bawden By The Sea runs until 29th January 2017

LAND At Martello Tower, Aldeburgh

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In January I went to Aldeburgh for the day and came across this sculpture by Antony Gormley. It is a cast iron, life-sized figure and is one of five sculptures across the UK that make up the piece called LAND. It stands on top of the Martello Tower and faces east across the North Sea. As you can see from my picture, when I finally reached the tower it was almost dark, but I did manage to see it! I studied Gormley at Sixth Form so I was interested to take a look. If you want to catch it I think you have until May 2016.