Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Little Steps

Three views of the allotment in March, April and May this year.
I split my plot in half at the end of last year, as I was having trouble staying on top of weed growth over the Summer.
It was all very demotivating, as soon as the weeds were sort of dealt with, the plots all flooded and all the crops were ruined.
2012 was the worst year at Wheelers Lane since I took on the plot in 2003. Making my plot smaller was a VERY good move. It's so much easier to keep in check, and I have a new neighbour into the bargain!

March 2013. A slow start to the year.

April 2013. Covering up unused areas before weeds start growing.

May 2013. New path laid and apple tree blooming!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Just Bee Cause

This new print is now available from my website for £20.
I will be donating £10 from each sale to 'The Bee Cause', a campaign run by Friends of the Earth to support the dwindling population of British bees.
You can find out more here

Monday, 13 May 2013

Stick to it?

There was a time, back in my student days, when all I made was collages. Lacking the facilities, and the know-how to produce print editions, I would print lots of little bits and bobs on different materials, then spend many a happy hour sticking them all together.

The technique is enjoyable, feeling like you are creating new and unexpected things from existing ideas. But it's also frustrating- glue all over your fingers, never quite enough of  the best bits that are working, not to mention the paper storm mess all over the place!

For a while I've been saving odds and ends from my editions, with the intention of 'doing something with them'. I found myself actually printing a few different papers and wood veneers, with the intention of using them in collages. It took a while, but I've finally had a go this weekend (despite the fact I should really be full speed ahead with show prep for Fulham Palace next weekend).
I'm not sure what I think about them. I like the mixed materials, but wonder if I feel a little like it is moving backwards. I'd love to hear any opinions. I might take them along to the show to see if they get any attention.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Orla Kiely's Mantlepiece.

My friend Karoline Rerrie spotted this picture in 'The Evening Standard' last week. It's feature on the interior of Orla Kiely's house.
Look very carefully at the print on the fireplace in the far lefthand corner. It's my 'Pretty Boy' screenprint!!

What a turn up!
This edition sold out a while ago, the 'Pretty Boy' was very popular. But I do still have this peacock print available here