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Lynn Bailey - Printmaker : Newsletter 3
Lynn Bailey - Printmaker
Welcome to Newsletter 3
 

Since Newsletter number 2 and Devon Open Studios in September I have been involved in much activity at Double Elephant Print Workshop, busy with Christmas and a few bouts of “man-flu”. Happily I have also been able to get on with some artwork between times, but not quite as many new items to carry into Exeter Open Studios as I might like. But at the moment of writing, we are about to enter half term and I have several projects coming into fruition.
 
My FaceBook Page and my Twitter account have both been steadily growing a wide range of followers. Presumably, I must be posting items that people find sufficiently engaging. FaceBook has been particularly helpful in connecting with printmakers and artists around the world - for example some printmakers in Lybia who are actively producing fantastic work in difficult times. Twitter has been helpful for me in connecting with environmentalists and other like minded people. It’s strange to remember that not so very long ago I couldn’t imagine getting involved in either of these modern activities.

 
Here’s a quick list of what’s in this newsletter:-


1. Open Studios: EOS – 22 -24 March
2. Current at Exeter College
3. The hedgehog and what happened next
4. Those Videos
5. How to buy my work
6. Double Elephant News –
  • Editioning
  • Mentoring
  • Cubans are coming
7. One last thing... that I shoun't tell you...


1. Open Studios : Exeter Open Studios – 22 -24 March

My studio is Venue 25 and can be easily found at 46 Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LQ
This is ONLY ONE WEEKEND! – So do please make a note of it in your diary.
Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th my studio will be open 11am-6pm.
I have a number of new pieces lined up for their first public viewing during EOS, including an etching of a Badger and a collagraph Winter Hedgerow. Plus the full range of my back catalogue - framed and unframed. There are also many items that are only ever available during open studio events. These are my photographs of garden critters, bookmarks, fridge magnets and handmade cards. In addition to the one hand printed cushion left from the last EOS, there are also just a handful of silk scarves from Devon Open Studios and this time there are also another special product that I just might reveal on FaceBook & Twitter just before the launch of the event. !!!
Here's a link to the Exeter Open Studios website - if the map still isn't there it will be there very SOON!
 Exeter Open Studios. Lynn Bailey
The Studio
46 Heavitree Road
Exeter, EX1 2LQ
 


2. Current at Exeter College : 24 Jan – 22 Feb
 
Currently – I have work in an exhibition called “Current”. I’m very pleased to have been invited to contribute artwork for this exhibition to launch a new gallery space at Exeter College. This is at the Centre for Creative Industries Building at Victoria Yard, just off Queen Street. The other exhibiting artists are Robert Darch, Susie David, Jenni Dutton, Carol Harvey, Simon Ripley and Ione Racquoi. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the canapés were so good at the gallery launch at Exeter College when Michael Caines is one of the governors. The young people studying hospitality and catering did a brilliant job.
Current at Exeter College. Lynn Bailey

 
3.
The hedgehog and what happened next...
 
You might remember me mentioning that a certain etching of a Hedgehog was attracting an unusual amount of attention? Well, the attention didn’t stop there. AS a direct result of me mentioning in in Newsletter number 2, the image was picked up by Canns Down Press. Being Devon based and with a worldwide distribution network, I was delighted to say yes to having the Hedgehog published as a greetings card. Just a few minutes browsing on their website will show you why I’m chuffed to be included amongst some seriously fab artists. (Some cards will also be available during Exeter Open Studios).
Understandably, I then went a little Hedgehog crazy when I put together my Christmas presents for family. Family are now sporting hedgehog T-shirts, carrying hedgehog bags, and doing their dishes with hedgehog tea-towels! All printed with lino cut hedgehogs. And yes, there are a few of the bags and tea-towels left for EOS...
Hedgehog T-shirts. Lynn BaileyHedgehos Bags. Lynn BaileyHedgehog Teatowels. Lynn Bailey
 


4. Those Videos.

As mentioned in Newsletter number 2, Double Elephant Print Workshop has been working on some demonstration videos. Mono Print, Drypoint, Relief print and Collagraph have all been covered now. Including a shorter “Top Tips” video to accompany each.  I had quite a long wait before my Collagraph videos came out and I was getting quite nervous about how I would come across. I shouldn’t have worried, because although I have to hide behind the sofa to watch it, the Collagraph video has gone down very well. At the time of writing it has been viewed over 1,190 times and the Top Tips 300 times.
To see them all Visit Double Elephant on Vimeo
As a result of this, I am now getting some video training myself, and will soon be able to add short videos of my printing practice on my website and help Double Elephant in its ongoing video needs.
 

5. How to buy my work
 
Most of my work is of a very modest domestic size and of a style that could fit in with a wide range of decors.
So if you have a family wedding coming up or someone’s significant birthday, don’t forget that things like this could be just the job.
If the Devon Guild at Bovey Tracey is local to you, you will always find some examples of my work there.
If Exeter is easy for you, remember that you don’t have to wait for an official Open Studio Event – I am also very happy for people to arrange a studio visit. Mondays and Fridays are usually good for me, but weekend dates and evening can also be arranged if you would like to come and have a look. I wouldn’t be offended if you were just at the thinking about it stage. I have even been known to let someone take a framed piece home and check that it fits the wall!
And if you are miles and miles away, there is always my Etsy shop.
It’s a lovely site and very easy to use. I only list unframed easy to post items in my Etsy shop and you don’t need to have a PayPal account to use the PayPal payment system.
But just supposing you see something on my website that isn’t listed on Etsy? Then contact me and I can list it on Etsy as only for you! That way you will be able to see close up details as well  which could help you make your decision.

 
6.
Double Elephant News
 
a. Editioning:- I have been approached by two people recently to do some editioning at Double Elephant Print Workshop. People request an editioning service for a variety of reasons which could be simply the need for a bigger press or the time and mussel power needed to get the job done. Brian Rice came to see me because he know that I would be able to give a good embossed effect to his lino cuts using Double Elephant’s presses – which couldn’t be done by printing by hand. Having had the thumbs up for the proofs I’ve done for him, I’m now passing the heavy labour on to my colleague Jeremy Speck to produce the edition for a special edition of “Brian Rice a Catalogue Résumé of Prints 1025-2012”.
The second artist, I have printed for before. And again it’s access to a larger press that is needed. These are beautiful etchings and we’re just at the negotiating stage, but I know I shall have great fun making sure that the result looks just the way she wants them.

b. Mentoring:- At Double Elephant we have been running a pilot scheme for artists “designed to help evolve your practice and get to grips with impediments to your development”. We had a training before being set loose on our first mentees. The three session I had were all completely different. One was a very focused question. The artist concerned was looking for help to get her Etsy shop started. The Second artists I had wanted some help finding her artistic direction and the third artist was looking to address the transition from working full time and fitting the artwork in when she could, to being a full time artist and fitting the paid work around that.
These were amazing learning experiences for me too. I’m glad that the artists conserned were happy with the help I gave, but it also highlighted to me what you can fit into a single session and what would be good if you could carry over into a series of regular sessions.
I’m hoping that we will be able to do more mentoring sessions at Double Elephant. By nature the people who would most like to use this kind of service would be by definition “struggling artists”, so it would be good if we could secure some funding to subsidise this. ... If that can’t be done, then maybe I can look into doing this in an independent capacity? Early days yet!

c. Cubans are coming:- Illustrated Talk - All welcome
Wednesday 6th March, 6pm, Thornlea, Exeter University Drama Department (opposite “The Imperial” pub), New North Road, Exeter EX4 4LA
A unique opportunity to attend an illustrated talk about the work and history of the Taller Experimental de Grafica, the premiere printmaking studio in Cuba, by visiting artists/directors, Luis Lara and Yamilys Jorge.
Established in Havana in 1962, by local artists – with the support of the then Minister of Industry, Che Guevara – the studio has played a pivotal role in the development of modern printmaking in Cuba, supporting local artists and writers, and increasingly reaching out internationally. Cuba has a fascinating history that is reflected in the work of its artists and the country is now on the verge of economic liberalisation.
Luis and Yamilys are visiting the UK to launch the first major exhibition of fine art prints to be seen here, as part of Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative’s Impress ’13 International Printmaking Festival, to be held in Stroud in March.
Proceeds from the lecture will go to benefit the Havana Workshop. Double Elephant Print Workshop members £5. Non members £7. Tickets available in advance online from Double Elephant's Website.
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7. One last thing...

I probably shouldn’t say this... but I am planning to submit work to The Royal Academy Summer Show for the very first time. Now we have to remember that this is highly oversubscribed – so if I am rejected... I shouldn’t take it personally.
I’m going to submit two pieces of work. You could help me decide which it should be. Maybe that hedgehog that attracted so much attention? And it’s sister print the Dormouse. But there are also another colour way for each of these now... plus a Badger has wandered along to keep them company.
 
So – which 2 out of these 5 prints?
1Hedgehog Etching with Mono print. Lynn Bailey2Dormouse Etching with Mono print. Lynn Bailey3Badger Etching. Lynn Bailey          4Little Hedgehog Etching. Lynn Bailey5Little Dormouse Etching. Lynn Bailey

Do, please feel free to let me know what you think - about this, my artwork and these Newsletters.

Thank you for taking the time to look through all this.

Lynn
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