Bonfire Night has always been hugely popular in Lewes. I have memories of going as a girl and wearing layers of clothing and hanging around with friends and family in the freezing cold. In recent years it’s certainly got alot warmer (and wetter) with more and more people visiting and taking part in the processions. If I can, I still love going along. It’s a great spectacle! Wonderful costumes, fireworks and atmosphere. A few years ago I shared a studio at Pastorale Antiques in the Cliffe. I was on the first floor so on November 5th I had a good view of Cliffe Bonfire Society assembling before joining the main procession. I missed Bonfire last year as I was in the Netherlands and was reminiscing a little and ended up doing a couple of sketches. Then thought one of the drawings could work well as a linocut. So here it is! It’s printed on beautiful japanese paper which has a warm tone to it so it’s in keeping with the theme.
The print will be included in ‘FIRE! Art inspired by Bonfire Night’ an exhibition at Keizer Frames, Lewes, East Sussex from 20th October until 5th November. Please do visit if you’re in the neighbourhood. The print is also available from my website. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
I have produced a new design ‘Fishing boat and gulls’ inspired by my drawings made on location at Hastings beach. My design has been hand screen printed in two colours onto 100% cotton tea towels. I’m really pleased with the quality of the cotton and the print. The tea towel measures 48cm x 78cm and there is also a handy loop for hanging.
If you’re interested in purchasing, please visit the Jerwood gallery shop in Hastings and/or The Avocet gallery in Rye.
Alternatively please follow the link here or email me.
I’ve just proofed a new linocut. I’ve referenced two drawings I made at a cafe in Hanoi. I wanted to bring together the best bits of each drawing. I really liked the patterns in the armchairs (looked quite Matissey to me) and the woman sitting by the window waiting for her friend to arrive. There was a musical theme evident with the many jazz records on the walls and an eye catching gramophone.
I’ve just finished a new cafe linocut. The scene I composed from drawings I made in a coffee shop in Utrecht. This time when I printed the colour I tried the reduction method. So I worked on one piece of lino and printed 3 tones of cream/yellow and then two tones of grey. I’ve limited the edition to just 20. I really enjoyed the approach and will use it again for my next print.
I really enjoy going to car boot sales and antiques shops. In the summer, there was an outdoor antiques fair in Firle near Lewes. It was a gloriously sunny day with lots of visitors. There was a great atmosphere with music, pizza, coffee and cake too. I enjoyed relaxing on the playing field and did a few v quick sketches. It was a really good view as I could sit behind the sellers. I worked one up into this linocut.
When I was last in Hastings, I did a few sketches of boats and fish. Then this crazy ‘magical’ still life caught my eye on the beach. I’m not sure who set it up, perhaps one of the fishermen? Anyway, I particularly liked the cows head that was made of paper mache. I made him a bit friendlier for my print as the original also included bulbous eyes and red paint for blood! I also changed a few other elements and added seagulls. One of whom is reflected in the mirror on the piano. I also printed it on brown paper to give it a recycled feel.
I’ve been proofing a new cafe scene. I’ve printed a few cafe interiors but I felt I really wanted to do a larger linocut of my favourite Amsterdam cafe. I’ve spent many hours here chatting, drinking and eating cake. I love the central wall with all the colourful posters.
After visiting the Tate Modern, I recently did some sketching on the Millennium Bridge towards St Pauls. I felt a bit exposed sketching at the end of the bridge with people walking towards me. Normally I hide in a corner! This is a larger scale linocut (59x42cm). Here it is hanging in the studio.
I often like working on a few prints at a time. I appear to worry less and not get too bogged down if they don’t work out as anticipated. Here’s a linocut of a view towards the Empire State building. When I visited New York, I did a few sketches at the top of the Rock. I really enjoyed the view and watching people looking out at the Manhattan skyline. I particularly liked it here as there weren’t so many people and I had room to sketch (unlike the Empire State Building!).
The print (below) is based on drawings I made in Camden (walking towards primrose hill). I had to feature the friendly blackbird who kept me company whilst I was sketching.