Want to see some of my first goes at printmaking? Then head over to Instagram for Throwback Thursday!
The other week, whilst showing my sister how to linocut, I made a simple Valentine’s card with a pink poodle on it (not much to do with Valentine’s I know!)
I have been working on a few projects over the last couple of weeks, which I am hoping to be able show you soon, one of which was a submission to the Secret 7″ project, fingers crossed!
A couple of months ago I visited The Polar Museum in Cambridge. Admittedly, I did not think I would be that interested in a museum about polar exploration, but I was very wrong! I did the audio tour, which I think it made more enjoyable and would recommend doing it if you have the time. The museum has hundreds of artifacts from several historic polar expeditions, the main focus being on Captain Scott’s journey. Stand out pieces on display include Captain Oates’ sleeping bag and the letters the men wrote when they knew the end was near. One of my personal highlights are the items of food, including the large sledging biscuits and pemmican. Especially with the audio tour, you get a good sense of what it must have been like at the time in those conditions and the sadness towards the end of Scott’s expedition.
Another thing you get a sense of is what life is like in the Arctic, including the modern day. I was surprised and happy to find printmaking on display, along with other Inuit artworks and carvings. The above picture, ‘Boy Feeding Birds’ is one of the prints I saw. It is created using a stonecut technique. This was the first time I had really looked at Inuit art, I found the simplicity and honesty of some of the pieces refreshing. Being a fairly small museum there is only so much art on display, but the collection is available to view online here.
The Polar Museum is definitely worth a visit, even if you think it isn’t for you, you will be surprised!
I got an honourable mention in Jackson’s Art Linocut Christmas card photo competition. Read about it on the Jackson’s Art blog.
- Edward Bawden Storyteller at Morley College until 26th November 2014
- Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences at Temple Newsam House until 7th December 2014
- Nostalgia & Progress: Illustration After The Second World War at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University Library, Leeds until 28th February 2015
- Emily Sutton: Town and Country at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 22nd February 2015
- Grayson Perry: Who Are You? at The National Portrait Gallery, London until 15th March 2015
- Julian Opie: Collected Works at The Bowes Museum until 22nd February 2015
- Mermaids, Roses, Camels and Cows: Wallpaper By Edward Bawden at The Higgins Bedford until 29th March 2015
- Fatal Consequences: The Chapman Brothers and Goya’s Disasters of War at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 8th February 2015
If you know of any good exhibitions or have been to any of these, feel free to let me know about them in a comment!