After a couple of weeks where any printing I did had to be spot on and perfect it's been great fun to print a whole batch of new cards, where the print has to come out well, but hopefully nobody is going to be using a magnifying glass to check for imperfections!!
A very satisfying pile of cards resulting from a few hours of work with my roller and my burnishing tool - hurrah. They are off to a couple of galleries now (and not a heart in sight...)
Some of my lino prints are heading off to the Leeds Print Festival this week, including this huge flock of swallows. They are going to be at the Leeds Gallery, Munro House if you are near by.
It's taken me ages to get them all into their pyjamas, they are such a twittery, flittery lot but finally they are packed and ready to go, wearing a mixture of floral, stripes, pacman and some very trendy triangles.
Really excited to be following along after them, but I'll have to wait until the end of the month as the postman won't take me, and actually my pyjamas are a little shabby in comparison (hmm, should I wear my PJs to the Print Festival so that everyone knows that I belong to my work? *wanders off pondering....*)
I did resist the call of lino cutting on Christmas day itself, but managed to tuck in a few little sessions over the last couple of weeks, so now I'm having the fun of a new year printing week!! Hurray.
What better way to begin a year than by creating your very own giant flock of pigeons? I really can think of no better one...but that is probably just me.
I know lots of people design clever interlocking blocks in order to print lovely things like wallpaper and curtains, but I'm starting to think that carving one really huge lino block the size of an entire curtain might be a possibility...is that too obsessive?
As the dark evenings continue my flocks of birds are getting bigger...
There is a direct connection!
I'm really happy to stay in with some jolly tunes on my radiogram, a lino cutting tool or two and a sketchbook filled with summertime doodles...
Some of my armadillos, cats, starlings and assorted friends have gone off to The Bedworkshop in Bristol for a few weeks - I just know they are going to enjoy being there...such an amazing building and really fantastic furniture, so warm and cosy!!
Do go and visit them if you are in Bristol and time soon :)
Girls with unusual pets
A lovely person who is not me and knows about photography and how to do it, even when taking photos of black and white things on a grey background, has made my colour-free work look colourful and lively and very much improved!! Thank you Jo!
Cat in a bubble bath
A great session of lino printing produced all these lovely prints (and many more, but I really am not a photographer!!) all designed and made by a really great, creative group of ladies this weekend.
I was on hand for the odd bit of technical advice, tea making and sweeping up of lino 'peelings' but in the fab surroundings of Makers in Bristol on a sunny Sunday morning there was no stopping the lino production line...
...(and not a Christmas card in sight - surely a lino printing workshop in Nov/Dec must result in a christmas card??? Maybe they can add glitter to the toadstool and tea cups??)