We had the pleasure of printmaker Chloe Cheese's company last week - she was staying with us whilst working on a print for our St. Jude's In The City exhibition in Edinburgh in July.
The week before we'd received of Chloe's mother Sheila Robinson's illustrated book of the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
This was never published in her lifetime but The Centre for Children's Book Studies at Anglia Ruskin University have worked with the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden (who hold the original artwork in their archives) to publish the book for the first time, instigated by Professor Martin Salisbury with additional design and retouching by Brian Webb of Webb & Webb Design.
The illustrations - with skilfully varied weight of line and texture - are just beautiful. Where she has applied colour it is in a simple printmakerly way and the delicate script text and drawings are combined to fit a landscape format. The dust jacket is lined with spreads from her original sketchbooks. It's a beautiful piece of print.
Printmaker Chloe Cheese says of the book…
"The beautiful pen and ink drawings and delicate text of this book fascinated me when I was a child and drew me into the enchanted world of the fairy tale.
Although she hoped for publication at the time, she was still a young woman and I think other things, such as working on The Festival of Britain, marrying and having children, took over her life so that this book was put to one side.
The princesses in the boats rowing across the lake in particular is an image that fired my imagination and inspired me to emulate my mother to become an illustrator myself. Looking at this illustration now I admire the lightness of touch and the use of light and shade. The picture still takes me to the edge of the lake and into the story."
Posted by Angie Lewin on March 11th, 2013
Jonny Hannah's 'Burns Miscellany' landed on our doormat today with spontaneous drawings printed onto vibrant coloured pages. Timorous Sassanachs that we are, we didn't indulge in traditional the haggis fare last night but are big fans of Tunnocks of all varieties - including Mark Hearld's collage, exhibited at Godfrey & Watt in 2011 (see last image).
You can see more of Jonny's printmaking over at St. Jude's Prints.
Posted by Angie Lewin on January 26th, 2013
I've recently been looking through past work in plan chests and folders and came across a number of prints that I produced when I started printmaking again in earnest in the 1990s.
'Beachcomber' is a very early wood engraving and really shows the influence of Monica Poole's work. I've suspected that the subject matter in my prints has always been slow to evolve as I draw and redraw objects, trying to capture variations in the insignificant. And what might help explain the 'clutter' in my studio is that I still have the same stones, driftwood and rope that feature in this print - all collected in the Orkneys in the early 1990s.
Posted by Angie Lewin on January 20th, 2013
Printmaker Christopher Brown is popping-up this Saturday (22nd December 2012) at The Soho Collective, 12 Moor Street, London W1D 5NG between 11am and 5pm.
He'll be exhibiting a range of his limited edition linocut prints (framed and unframed) and copies of his book An Alphabet of London.
Posted by Simon Lewin on December 19th, 2012
Saturday 1st December 2012 sees the official opening of a new gallery in Edinburgh.
Gallery Ten exhibits work by the speKtrum collective alongside the work of studio glassmakers and invited artists.
You'll find the gallery at 10 Stafford Street, Edinburgh EH3 7AU. Visit their website for further details.
Illustrated here (from top to bottom) is work by Gill Tyson, Chris Sleath, Paul Musgrove, Patrizio Belcampo and Catherine Anne Hiley.
Posted by Simon Lewin on November 30th, 2012
For nearly 50 years printmaking courses at Morley College have developed the creativity and skills of artists who find that printmaking offers an exceptional range of possibilities for artistic expression.
16 artists will be exhibiting original prints at The Morley Gallery from 29th November until 13th December 2012.
Do take a look at Mildred Palmer's work - her 'Purple Red Dot 2' print is pictured below.
Posted by Simon Lewin on November 28th, 2012
I was delighted that my Thistle Pot wood engraving was chosen to feature on the invitation to the latest 75th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers.
The Society was founded in 1920 by a group of artists that included Philip Hagreen, Robert Gibbings, Lucien Pissaro, Gwen Raverat and Eric Gill. They held an annual exhibition that attracted work from other notable artists such as David Jones, John and Paul Nash, Paul Gauguin and Clare Leighton. The group thrived until war broke out, disrupted the demand for their work and cut the supply of materials. In the years that followed, there was a return to the annual exhibition but the group and the cultural context had changed.
After a decade in which there were no exhibitions, the SWE was revived in the early 1980's and has built up an international reputation for excellence.
Posted by Angie Lewin on October 19th, 2012
I recently had the pleasure of working with Mark Hearld on this promotional leaflet/poster for The Fry Menagerie - co-curated by Mark - which selects works from the gallery's permanent collection - with work by Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, Chloe Cheese, Sheila Robinson and many more.
The exhibition runs until 28th October 2012 - for full details see the Fry Gallery website.
You can buy a copy of the leaflet/poster at the exhibition - but we'll have some copies to give away in a little prize draw in early October - sign up for our newsletter for details nearer the time.
Posted by Simon Lewin on September 20th, 2012
Julia McKenzie will be taking part in the 2012 Dulwich Festival Artists' Open House programme on 12th/13th and 19th/20th May.
More than 200 artists in over 150 locations across Dulwich and surrounding areas are opening their homes and studios as part of the Dulwich Festival.
Julia will be including these three box works alongside other one-off pieces and limited edition prints.
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 9th, 2012
Work commitments means that we're very reluctantly able to be in London tonight for the opening of Ed Kluz's Theatre Britannica exhibition hosted by Ben Pentreath and Bridie Hall.
The exhibition features drawings, collages and other works by Ed who is fascinated by the objects of our cultural heritage. He seeks out the eccentric, the lost and the overlooked. Follies, curiosities, vanished buildings and folk lore inspire artworks which explore themes of renewal and reinvention.
Ben and Bridie have very kindly let us display Ed's fabrics for St. Jude's in one of their Rugby Street windows. I have to say we're delighted with how Painswick is looking in situ.
Here are some of the works exhibited. From top to bottom: a window display featuring Ed's Painswick fabric, Old London After Canaletto, Dundee Arch, Gothick Cottage, A Norwich Prospect and The Dunmore Pineapple.
Posted by Simon Lewin on May 9th, 2012