It seems to be print week around here, well up to a point. No actual printing has been done yet, by me, but hopefully it will be soon. Yesterday the textile group Eclectica of which I am a member met and had a collagraph making session.
This was spurred on by the visit two of the members made to Art in Action in Oxfordshire at the weekend where they were impressed by the print tent. So I gathered up vast quantities of scrap materials, thrilled that at last I was to make time for myself to have a go at collagraph plate making. I bought the books years ago, but have never done it. I started two plates which blossomed rather too much and need a bigger board to sit on, but got well on the way with one, which is unfinished and frankly looks ridiculous but I have hopes it will produce something interesting when I’m back in the studio. I’ll use acrylic paint and print by hand, not by press, as I don’t have one.
Images of the morning follow.
We meet at Forge Mill Needle Museum which also has the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey in its grounds. This is not the same abbey as in the previous post, although it does seem that Cistercian monks feature strongly in my life at the moment.
More printing is to go on during a three day artist’s books and printmaking course my daughter and myself are off to tomorrow at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, so I daresay more print woffle will follow. It’s lino/vinyl cuts and drypoint we’ll be doing, and experimenting with artist book constructions, excellent.
And, phew, to finish here is a completed embroidery, a commission, called, aptly, ‘Summer’.