Welcome to Newsletter 11
Two projects in particular have kept my pretty busy this summer.
One has been building a new website
(to be honest, a friend built the foundations for me and I have been busy with the content) and the other project has creating artwork to celebrate the Cirl Bunting being brought back from the brink of extinction. This started off as a response to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s summer show, “Celebrate”. To see what this was all about and how I created the artwork, visit this news pag
e on my nice new website.
Here’s a quick list of what’s in this newsletter:-
- Featured in the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s shop
- Doddiscombsleigh Art Show 30 October - 1 November
- Walford Mill Crafts, Winborne – 7 November – 10 January
- Redefining Print – The Exhibitions
- Quick Etsy update!
1. Featured in the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s shop - September
For the rest of this month I have a whole stack of artwork prominently positioned behind the till at the Riverside Mill in Bovey Tracey – home of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen
. With approximately 250 members, it’s quite a treat to be selected for such a prominent position. Much of the work I delivered was developed out of the Cirl Bunting project and related pieces. I haven’t been able to see the work in situ for myself, but I have been informed that “they look soooo pretty” all together. (Thanks to Alison Green for the photos).
If you can get to the guild shop before the end of the month you might catch them. Presuming they haven’t already sold!!
2. Doddiscombsleigh Art Show 30 October - 1 November
I am at this moment selecting my work to take to Doddiscombsleigh Art Show
The event is organised and run by The Friends of Doddiscombsleigh School
. But this is not your average school art fair. With award-winning childrens author Michael Morpurgo
as patron the art show attracts “a selection of the finest Artists in the South West”. Proceeds of the Art Show from previous years have been used to build an outdoor classroom, trim a trail, an amphitheatre, as well as support extracurricular activities such as sports and theatre trips.
Open Friday 30 Oct 10am-5pm, Saturday 31 Oct 10am-5pm, Sunday 1 Nov 10am-1pm.
For the location of Teign Valley Community Hall, Christow - click here
3. Walford Mill Crafts, Winborne – 7 November – 10 January
At the same time as working out what I can take to Doddiscombsleigh, I am also selecting work for Walford Mill Crafts
in Wimborne, Dorset. They expressed a particular liking for my work with Silverweed. I have a couple of medium sized Silverweed pieces available and plan to create a larger framed piece that will compliment these. I shall also be delivering a selection of small, affordable works for the Christmas market. What has particularly pleased me is that they have identified me as someone they would like to have me exhibit with them, rather than me having to ask to be included. I never have the time to travel around approaching galleries and this is a nice way for me to get out of Devon
"Inspire" is Walford Mill's annual selection of art and craft aimed at solving your Christmas dilemmas.
There will be a launch on Saturday the 5th December from 10am to 7pm. For that extra Christmassy feel there will be mulled wine and minced pies to set you up nicely for Christmas shopping.
In addition to their normal opening hours of Mon - Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 11am-4pm, the gallery will be open until 8pm for the first three Thursdays in December and from 10am until 3pm on Christmas Eve.
Find Walford Mill
4. Redefining Print – The Exhibitions
I’ve mentioned Double Elephants
two year project exploring ideas around a redefinition of printmaking a couple of times already in my newsletters. The symposium is now coming up fast - Thursday 19th November 2015
, 10am to 4pm at Exeter Phoenix.
Tickets £40 including lunch and refreshments.
In addition to the symposium, Double Elephant are putting on a series of exhibitions
a) The one in which I shall be exhibiting is at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum - 6 October 2015 to 10 January 2016
This exhibition is showcasing the two portfolios of limited edition prints. One portfolio contains the work by the commissioned Redefining Print artists and the second portfolio has work by ten of Double Elephant’s members (including me). We will also be showing additional supporting work. The portfolio prints illustrate the wide range of processes available to printmakers today including traditional techniques such as linocut, alongside photo etching and other photographic processes. They also show a breadth of approaches to the medium, from landscape and nature study to images influenced by performance and electron microscopy.
The ten Double Elephant members artists are: Lynn Bailey, Virginia Bridge, Catherine Cartwright, Chow Cheung, Jess Davies, Clare Harper, Richard Hodgson, Cathy King, Alison Savic and Martin Staniforth.
The other exhibitions in association with Redefining print include a major exhibitions of the commissioned artists work at the Exeter Phoenix in November.
The artwork produced is in response to the experience of working with Double Elephant by these artists whose practice doesn’t normally include traditional printmaking. One aim of the project has been to see how artists, unfamiliar with printmaking, are able to use the technique to express their ideas and to encourage them to see print as one of the many means of making contemporary art.
The commissioned Redefining Print artists Katy Connor
, Bryony Gillard
, Mark Leahy
, Volkhardt Müller
and Clare Thornton
Double Elephant members George Barron, Janet Sainsbury and Richard Kaye will also be exhibiting at The Yard Gallery, Exeter College - 9th to 28th November.
And if that isn’t enough there will also be some Book-Art being exhibited at Exeter Central Library
as part of the project too…
5. Quick Etsy update!
Just wanted to mention that I have over 100 items in my Etsy shop now! Have you taken a look
Also – Double Elephant
has its own Etsy shop now too…