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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Blackbird Silhouette Rubber Stamp Print

This print has been almost 10 years in the making - if I look at it in terms of the original image used to make it.  The original photograph was taken in 2006. It was languishing on my hard drive and partially written off because it was underexposed.

It all started when my brother visited from Ireland and I was looking on my Mac to find a photo I wanted to show him. We stumbled a across a picture of a blackbird in the trees. I had written it off as too dark and had totally forgotten about it.  I was previewing images and skipped past it quickly. My brother said - hang on a second what's that picture? He thought it was really lovely and said it would make a great bookmark.

This set me thinking so I began to work with the image.  The first thing I liked about it was the lovely silhouette and thought it would make a nice banner for my blog.  I liked the idea of a grey silhouette on white so produced this image and started to use it as a banner.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Kodak No. 1a Pocket Junior

Kodak 1a

This was an early birtthday present from my father.  He has had the camera for many years - inherited from a family friend. I have coveted it for a long time. When I was back in Ireland earlier this year my father very generously gave it to me.

I love it. When he gave it to me I remember thinking I would love to get some photos from this but even if it doesn't work it is such beautiful object in itself - so exqusitely made and designed.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Rubber Stamp - Twinkle, twinkle Little Bat! - Long-Eared Grey Bat

Rubber Stamp Bat Print, Close Up

In this post I showed how I made a copper plate etching and mentioned that I had also made a rubber stamp print of the same image and text - well here it is. This was one of the most difficult stamps I had carved (until I carved one this weekend! More about that soon :-)

I mainly wanted to talk about the difference in the 2 processes - Copper plate etching and Rubber Stamp. I really like that copper plate etching and the course at Cardiff Print Workshop but enjoyed cutting the rubber stamp more. I think this is because I don't like being out of control and at the whim of chemicals and presses. Because I hand carve the stamp if there is a mistake it's mine - I am not at the mercy of something going wrong with the plate, chemicals and lots of other permutations. Maybe this is because I can be very impatient? But then there are those that tell me they wouldn't have the patience to carve a stamp :-)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

RSPB, Puffin Badge - 10 Year Long Service Award - for Volunteering

Puffin, 10 Year RSPB Volunteer Badge

I was volunteering for the RSPB last Saturday and was presented with my special Puffin Badge because I have been a volunteer for 10 years. It sounds like a long time I suppose and I can't believe it has gone so quickly. Because I work full-time I always volunteer at weekends and it can be quite sporadic - especially if I have book project on or am busy with my artwork - weekends are the only free time I have. I also got a badge after 5 years - a swift - below. 

Swift, 5 Year RSPB Volunteer Badge 
I will now be very proud to wear my 2 badges the next time I volunteer - which I hope is soon - I enjoy it very much and am glad to be able to make a contribution in this way for lovely birds & wildlife :-)

Swif t& Puffin,RSPB Volunteer Badges

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Blackbird Rubber Stamp

Blackbird, First Stamps
I originally made a Blackbird Rubber Stamp in 2010. It was the first stamp I ever made. It was carved in very soft rubber and is getting a bit 'tired' so I decided to redo it. I was a little apprehensive - it was very small - about 2cm wide - and I wasn't sure if I had beginners luck in getting right first time. I used Speedball Speedy-Carve this time - the original stamp was made with a Molin eraser which as I said was quite soft.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Offering - Artists Book, In Remembrance of Bombing - Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, 2007

Offering Front of Book
Offering - Front of Book

Another post I have wanted to do for a long time. Coming up to the anniversary of this event I've finally got round to doing it.  Below is the description of the project taken from UWE Website.

"Twenty six people from the USA and the UK were asked to make personal contributions to this artist's book, organised by Angie Butler and Natalie McGrorty. Each artist involved in the collaboration was supplied with the name of an individual who was killed in the 2007 car bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, to whom their work would be dedicated. These names were provided by an Iraqi refugee, Mousa Al-Naseri, who was working at the time of the bombing as a sales representative for a large stationery company in Baghdad. Mousa walked Al-Mutanabbi Street several times a week taking orders from bookstores and stationery shops. He came to know many of those on this list personally. His brother, who still has a stationery shop on Al-Mutanabbi Street, also helped to compile the list. The majority of those killed were married, with children. Others who were killed and wounded but not on the list, were most likely to have been there, picking up a book."

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Copper Plate Etching, Twinkle, twinkle Little Bat!

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!

I have wanted to do a bat image for some time now.  I have always loved bats and finally got round to joining the Bat Conservation Trust in 2014.  I did in an evening class in Cardiff Print Workshop in September 2015 so decided to make a copper plate etching of a bat. I wanted to use some text to go with it and for a while could not think of anything. Then I remembered one of my favourite bits from Alice In Wonderland when the Mad Hatter sings "Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!". 


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