Last night I attended the opening of the Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale exhibition. It is a lovely exhibition showing work by over 39 printmakers. There are a range of printmaking techniques on display, including etching, linocut, letterpress, screenprint and wood engraving.
Highlights include A J Blustin’s atmospheric linocuts, Laura Chaplin’s aquatic screenprints, Elizabeth Fraser’s playful letterpress, Celia Hart’s East Anglian inspired linocuts, Alison Hullyer’s floral Chine-collé, Louise Stebbing’s incredibly detailed linocuts and Geri Waddington’s wood engravings of gardens and buildings.
A variety of talks and demonstrations accompany the exhibition. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the art of printmaking and see some fantastic work!
Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale exhibition at The Pitt Building, Cambridge until 28th September 2016, 10.30am – 5pm
Apologies for my lack of posts recently! I have been preoccupied with making new prints and setting up the UK Printmakers community (which you should check out!). I kept meaning to post a couple of things just before Christmas, the first being the Etsy Made Local fair in Cambridge. I went there especially to have a go on Richard Horne‘s new Printvend machine, where I managed to complete my collection of Printvend prints! I previously used the original Printvend machine, which is now a permanent feature in The Book Hive, Norwich. It was great fun and I love the idea of a vending machine with prints inside! It was also nice to actually meet the person behind the prints, Richard Horne.
After the fair I went to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to catch The Power of Paper, an exhibition featuring printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa. The exhibition was described as ‘a revelation of eloquent art made by black and indigenous artists since the 1960s. Inspired by environments from the Arctic to the Australian desert, from the country and the city, it foregrounds visions of place, custom and history, in settings that are at once profoundly different, yet linked by empire and the politics of decolonization.’ There were some great prints, which reminded me of some of the work I saw earlier in the year at The Polar Museum.
A must-see for anyone interested in illustration! The exhibition runs until 31st January 2016
Earlier this month I visited Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
The amusing exhibition features work from James Gillray, Glen Baxter and Hogarth. The show includes both humorous pictures and illustrations with a moral message.
It is hard to pick highlights from the exhibition as there are so many great pieces, but I was especially pleased to see two works by Glen Baxter after having looked at him whilst at art school.
The exhibition runs until 31st January 2016
Earlier this year I created a design for the Cambridge Folk Festival. I chose to do a reduction linocut and to experiment with ‘rainbow rolling’!
Another exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge was ‘David Kindersley – Alphabetician, The Hidden Face of Lettering’. The display was to celebrate 100 years of Kindersley, a letter carver and typographer, who designed British street sign lettering, among many other things.
Although the exhibition is now over, I would recommend looking up the work of David Kindersley!
Visit The Kindersley Workshop website