I've just spent an inspiring week at Edinburgh Printmakers trying to master the alchemy of stone lithography. This makes it easier to appreciate the title of Michael Papworth's one-man exhibition at Gallery Plus in Norfolk, 'Grease and Water', opening on the 5th of August and running until 21st August 2011.
For several years Michael worked alongside a wide range of artists as a skilled studio printmaker at the renowned Curwen Studio.
Michael's lithographs portray the English countryside and the show will feature new work based on the North Norfolk Coast.
Posted by Angie Lewin on July 30th, 2011
Here are a couple of examples of the work Sophie will be exhibiting - if you're unable to make to Thirsk, we do have copies of 'Home Sweet Home' (printed by Dan Bugg at Pendfold Press) at the gallery.
Posted by Simon Lewin on July 28th, 2011
The post below about Martin Clark's poster for Andrews of Arcadia has prompted me to post about another recent project.
Our friends at Tinsmiths currently have a series of letterpress posters - a collaboration between Martin and poet Nick Alexander.
Twelve lines taken from Nick's work made graphic in twelve limited edition posters.
There are just a few copies of each edition left, available from Tinsmiths.
Posted by Simon Lewin on July 11th, 2011
We managed to catch the last day of Edwin Smith's exhibition of photographs and paintings at Moray Art Centre yesterday.
Having initially trained as an architect, Smith (1912-1971) is perhaps best know for his photography and particularly his exploration of the vernacular in architecture.
But the exhibition also featured a number of Smith's paintings - here is an example, 'Turf Fire', which is on loan from the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden.
Posted by Simon Lewin on July 3rd, 2011
Earlier this week I was at Edinburgh Printmakers working on a new screen print based on my Los Gázquez sketches. On the second evening I was lucky to able to go along to a talk by Paul Furneaux about his current exhibition of beautifully crafted sculptural woodblock prints at the gallery.
Paul uses Japanese papers, enjoying the way the water based inks are absorbed and become a part of the paper itself - but he then takes this onto a different level. Prints on fine but strong paper are then wrapped around wooden box lids and other found objects or in the case of some of his most recent work he has developed his own forms onto which the minimal, abstract images are wrapped.
'Paul Furneaux: Mokuhanga' is at Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street Edinburgh EH1 3LR until July 23rd 2011.
You can also find out more at Paul's website.
Posted by Angie Lewin on July 1st, 2011
Just back from a visit to The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh catching the last day of Ed Kluz's exhibition there.
Amongst a sea of red dots I was surprised this stunning collage was currently without a home. Very tempting to add to the piece we'd already purchased.
'The Dunmore Pineapple' is a large framed collage at £950.00 - and worth every penny. To find out more visit The Scottish Gallery website.
We're currently making some final colourway amends to our forthcoming Ed Kluz fabric, Painswick. More on that soon.
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 29th, 2011
Richard Ardagh and Graham Bignell have just printed a second edition of this wonderful letterpress poster.
First printed in 2008, this print has been sold out for almost two years. A second run of 200 prints is now available to buy from New North Press online shop.
'Oranges and Lemons' is an English nursery rhyme which refers to the bells of six churches, all within or close to the City of London and dates from around the 17th-century.
The edition was printed in three stages: the bell was screen printed in thinned bronze ink on 300gsm Heritage white stock, then the type was printed in two halves on a hand-pulled Albion press.
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 28th, 2011
It features our treasured mug designed by Norman Makinson and produced by Wedgwood to celebrate the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Available now from the St. Jude's online print store.
Posted by Angie Lewin on June 19th, 2011
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 18th, 2011
Our friends at Cortijada Los Gázquez in Andalucia are launching a new creative course this September.
The Food of Art is a creative course for those who enjoy creative activities around food such as food presentation, illustration and photography. As an eco-guest house the food is seasonal, fresh and local.
Activities will include visiting the local markets and the jamon and embutidos emporiums to purchase the freshest and best looking products. Back at the kitchen/studio you'll consider their form and colour.
To find out more, visit the Cortijada Los Gázquez website.
Posted by Simon Lewin on June 17th, 2011