Sunday, 20 September 2009

Angela and Billy study printmaking at FDPW

Angela (who's second name escapes me for the time being) and her chum Billy Justice attend the FDPW print workshop every Tuesday, along with their support worker Maria Ginnerup.
I am not too sure how long they have been coming to the workshop but certainly for the amount of time that I have been a member which is about almost two and a half years now.

These are sketches,  for development into print work.  They  were all  that M.G.  had available,  to let me scan in, as regards the printmaking works that theAngela and Billy have created to date.

I do know they have made lino cuts and collagraphs but am not too sure which other techniques  have been explored yet.

I also know that their works have been in a couple of exhibitions over the past couple of years.

Billy is a great fan of the  BBC television series  "Doctor Who" and somehow manages to eventually link all matters back to the subject, much to our amazement during conversations that take place  on Tuesday mornings. 

Some of his drawings are derived from images to do with the series or to cut outs from magazines that he brings with him to work from, as a starting point.

  I hope to add to this post once I am able to photograph more of their works and perhaps to talk to them about the images and what they enjoy about coming to FDPW to make art in print.


Friday, 18 September 2009

Any One have any theories as to how this Clemente print was made ???

All it says is woodcut and I have seen from looking at the web that there are various opinions or versions as to the size of the edition.  It was printed up by some Japanese master printmaker  and published through Pace Prints in the USA.  I couldn't find any useful info on there.  I know a bit about the `Moku Hanga' method (as in the Japanese traditional approach to carving wood for a print.   But the pigment wouldn't have been put 'into' the lines ?  I would really appreciate your thoughts on this.  It's one of my favorites.

FOLKSY DOT COM website for selling "handmade items"

I came across this website yesterday

They sell all sorts on there although the underlying principle is that it all be handmade.
which I thought might be of interest.  It's like the  UK version of Etsy, which I have mentioned to some of you, at the print workshop although some of you may be quite aware of it, in any event

I have just been looking again at the printmaking section  on Folksy, which is within the 'art and photography' section and found three peoples' works to place here, as a representation of what can be found there.

Firstly I came across the "Flying Fish Boy"  which for some reason I found appealing.  It's by Alan Rogerson who is an illustrator and also does lino cuts.  The price of his prints, is incredibly cheap although they are small but even so.  It may be that he wants to build up a fan base as such and to get plenty of sales onto his profile.
See more about Alan's world, on his website
 which has links to his blog too.

Then there was the fishing huts print which I rather liked (the mark making) by Alison Deed, she made these from sketches from a recent Scandinavian holiday.

She is an archaeoligist and a mum and when she has time........ she enjoys making prints.

This print is by , Sarah Spooner and Jon Gregory,  who  go under the name of "Lapwing Printworks" .  They seem truly passionate about printmaking and letterpress and have quite an interesting blog too.

In my opinion Folksy,  could do with a lot more interesting and varied printmakers on there.  
Unfortunately there are people on there selling 'reproductions' which is OK in itself except that these also  get "lumped" under the generic label "print".

If I was going to sell on Folksy, I would want them to put the category "Original Print" on there with an explanation of the difference between reproduction and original printmaking.


I checked out the deal from the perspective of potential sellers.

It costs 20p to list an item on Folksy and they charge 5% commission on all sales. 

Monday, 14 September 2009

Photos from the Scion House Exhibition at Stirling University

The following photographs are general "in situ" shots,  taken by Charlie  Borthwick.

Open Studios PAT BRAY

Patricia Bray
Open doors day
Pat Bray will be participating in open studios,  on Sunday 13th September 10am - 4pm along with the other artist's studios in the building.
JRD Trust (former YMCA)
9 The Esplanade

I met Pat when myself and Sheila Carnduff went to an artists group to do a presentation on Printmaking.  Since then we have remained in touch.

To see more of Pat's work visit web:

Call for Submissions for Scottish "Arts" magazine

August 28, 2009
Pushing Out the Boat – Issue 9 :   Call for Submissions

Submissions of writing and artwork are invited for Issue 9 of Pushing Out the Boat ,  North-East  Scotland’s acclaimed magazine of prose, poetry and visual arts. Issue 9 will be published in summer 2010, with an online version to follow in 2011.
WRITING: Poetry, fiction and playscript may be submitted; work may be in English, Doric or Scots and must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere. Due to limited space, shorter works are preferable – although we may accept longer items (including self-contained extracts) up to 3,500 words. See …. Please send up to four poems to and up to two prose/playscript pieces to
Submissions should be emailed as separate MS Word or RTF attachments.  Each category of submission should be accompanied by an email cover note, detailing contributor name; postal address; email address; phone number; age if under 18; and the title of each attached piece. The submission attachment(s) should show only the title of the piece, page numbering (if appropriate) and word count.
ARTWORK: a maximum of four images (colour and/or black-and-white) of 2- or 3-dimensional work – including line drawings, illustrations, etc – should be emailed  as separate attachments (max 2MB total), to, accompanied by number and for each attached piece: the title; medium/materials ; colour/b&w.

ALL SUBMISSIONS: To ensure blind selection, no contributor name should appear on any attached submission.  Please do not send multiple copies, which overload our mailboxes – receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by return.

Final date for submissions is 1 October 2009

However earlier entries are especially appreciated. 
Acceptance of contributions will be emailed by 31 January 2010.  
Please note that, due to limited resources, we are unable to notify rejections or to enter into correspondence regarding selection.
Successful entrants will receive a copy of the magazine and an invitation to read or display their work at the launch event to be held in Summer 2010

Call for Artwork: Highland Print Studio

Call for Artwork: Highland Print Studio
Highland Print Studio would like to invite artists to submit original prints for inclusion in its sales stock on a sale or return basis. Please in the first instance send up to 3 jpegs along with details of image size and technique.

For further info e-mail:

Location: Highland Print Studio, 20 Bank St, Inverness. IV1 1QU. Tel: 01463 718999