As we get closer to @cambridgecraftfestival (on instagram on the 5th of June) fundraising has started for Maggies Charity. Raffle prizes have been donated by dozens of the vendors and sorted into bundles that anyone who appreciates craftwork or enjoys crafting themselves will love! Tickets are just £2 from the homepage of cambridgecraftfestival.co.uk
One of my hand burnished lino prints is available as part of bundle 3, one of 4 fantastic prize bundles up for grabs.
My instagram post lists the full contents and the vendors that donated them.
Completed 11 – 24 April 2021 and returned to Babylon Arts, Babylon Gallery, Ely
I expressed an interest in taking part in this project and received a 14 day diary to complete through the post. I took over a week to feel comfortable starting the project. After completing it I had this to say in the notes at the end of the diary:
Diaries are embarrassing; private and personal, they are unedited.
Approaching this project, I first thought of themes on which I could write or draw that would show a developing picture over the 14 days. Instead I just started one day, after coming home from my morning walk, quickly scribbling an impression that had stayed with me.
I have resisted the urge to improve on drawings, edit words, or add subsequent commentary. The pages show a spontaneous snapshot of (imperfect) memory.
I’ve learned from this project, or remembered, the discipline of capturing impressions, of thoughts, of reflecting on what meant something.
I plan to continue with something like this format to keep notes and set myself up for the day by being receptive to playfulness, to what intrigues me, and warming up my hand to make meaningful marks.
Thank you Sid White-Jones and Babylon Arts.
I won’t be including all of the pages here – some of them are embarrassing! And I feel they belong to the project which is now out of my hands. (I have returned the diary to Babylon Arts to make of what they wish for the exhibition.) Below are the notes that I made each day. It’s interesting to me that strung together they have a certain poetry to them.
– DAY ONE –
Swallows soar and swoop
Stop to watch
Art can make me feel this way
– DAY TWO –
Rust coloured catkins falling into the ouse making ripples like huge fish
As part of this I’ll be aiming to promote my signature abstract paintings incorporating emulsion paint as well as smaller abstracts on paper, drawings, prints and my collection of playful jewellery handmade with paint trapped inside delicate necklaces.
I look forward to learning a lot from my fellow makers and the fantastic organisers Camilla and Jem, both independent craft business owners based in Cambridge.
I genuinely couldn’t wait for Cambridge Open Windows to start, so decided to kick off early with a preview weekend this weekend! Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot.
I hope it may have got a few people talking in Huntingdon in advance of the main event throughout July, but it also helped me work out how to most effectively show work in this format. Key points to note:
My contact details didn’t stand out, so they’ll be moving to the top windows!
Having work flush against the windows does work well where this is possible due to the nature of the work and if there’s no risk of condensation… this poses a logistical challenge for a number of the things I am hoping to show during the next month.
I’m setting myself the goal of having a completely new display each weekend in July; though I may repeat the preview weekend’s display for one of them as it includes newer work and lent itself well to being shown in this way.
While I was looking forward to returning to the Artists Marquee at Burwash Manor 2020 had other plans. Instead the lovely creative types that make up Cambridge Open Studios have come together to create Cambridge Open Windows instead.
I’m working hard getting ready for my COS weekend at Burwash Manor next weekend where I’ll be showing my abstract paintings alongside the lino prints I’ve been working on. I love learning new techniques and am really happy with how the final editions have come out. I don’t have access to a press so they are all hand burnished, and I’ve married the fixed quality of the lino print with painterly backgrounds which make every print unique.
It’s always good to try something new. Having attended a lino printing workshop by the fantastic printmaker Nina Sage I’ve fallen in love with the process so will be developing some prints to show at Burwash Manor on 27th and 28th of July alongside my paintings. I’m still at the test print stage but am encouraged by the results so far.
Whereas my paintings (often influenced by the natural world) are usually abstract I’m enjoying sticking with representational images while mastering the printing techniques. The prints also allow me to use my preparatory drawings and observations in a new way.
Using the processes and materials to evoke/capture movement in a print through mark making, as in any medium, is very satisfying.
I’m looking forward to taking part in Cambridge Open Studios again, this year at fantastic Burwash Manor on the 27th and 28th of July. This will be a new venue for me and I’m delighted to be exhibiting alongside other artists at such a great location with the farm, fantastic shops and Art Hound gallery also on site, which will make it a great day out for anyone coming to see the exhibition.
I’m working on some new ideas to show at COS in July at which I’ll be showing paintings and hopefully some lino prints too. I’m 130 in the guide and you can also download the COS app which is brilliant for navigating your way to the artists and makers you most want to see, whether by location or discipline.