Sunday, 31 October 2010

Book Making One day workshop for free - Thurs 2nd Dec, 2010

Get on to this fast if you are wanting to get a place!

Fife Contemporary Art and Craft


Craft Pod - 2010/11 Tour

Seven libraries in west Fife; June 2010 - June 2011
After a short spell in St Andrews for a 're-fit', the Craft and Information Pods are back out on tour with a new display. As they will spend the next 12 months in a selection of west Fife libraries (details below), it seemed appropriate to fill them with artworks relating in some way to books.
On display is work by Rachel Hazell, Phiona Richards, and Alix Swan (on the  left : is an image of her work) who all are influenced by books in their work, but in different ways. The accompanying Information Pod shows a continuous playing slide show of images about the 3 artists; there are samples of materials by Phiona Richards and Alix Swan; and a simple DIY guide to making your own book by Rachel Hazell.
Tour venues and dates are:
  • 9 June - 27 July 2010, Dalgety Bay Library (Regents Way, Dalgety Bay, KY11 9UY, tel 01383 602364)
  • 27 July - 20 Sept 2010, Cowdenbeath Library (41 High Street, Cowdenbeath, KY4 9QA, tel 01383 602363)
  • 20 Sept - 9 Nov 2010, Duloch Library (Duloch Schools And Community Campus, Nightingale Place, Dunfermline,KY11 8LW, tel 01383 602208) *
  • 9 Nov 2010 - 5 Jan 2011, Inverkeithing Library & Heritage Centre ( Inverkeithing Local Office Civic Centre,10 Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1PA, tel 01383 602471) *
  • 5 Jan - 7 Mar 2011, Dunfermline Carnegie Library (Abbot Street, Dunfermline,KY12 7NL, tel 01383 602365)
  • 7 Mar - 3 May 2011, Rosyth Library (Parkgate Community Centre, Parkgate, Rosyth, ,KY11 2JW, tel 01383 602370)
  • 3 May - 27 June 2011, Lochgelly Library (2-4 High Street, Lochgelly,KY5 9JP, tel 01592 583381)
Associated activities: Free Adult workshop with Rachel Hazell, Friday 5 Nov 2010,  11am-1pm, Duloch Library (Nightingale Place, Dunfermline, KY11 8LW).  Create simple, clever books from a single piece of paper followed by an intro to basic pop up techniques.  No experience necessary. Places limited - please book by phoning 01383 602208  SORRY -THIS WORKSHOP IS FULLY BOOKED
Free Adult workshop with Rachel Hazell, Thur 2 Dec 2010 11am-1pm, Inverkeithing Library  Civic Centre (10 Queen Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1PA).   Create simple, clever books from a single piece of paper followed by an intro to basic pop up techniques (with a festive twist!).   No experience necessary.   Places limited - please book by phoning 602471
Artists    Rachel Hazell         Phiona Richards           Alix Swan 

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Local Exhibition at Carnegie Library

Central Library, Abbot St, Dunfermline, Fife KY127NL‎ - 01383 602 365

Collage workshop October 2010

I have included this collage  as it is made from 'recycled printmaking elements'  including aquatint, relief monoprint, scan of a collagraph / and of a collaged text house, plus a tinted  scan of some scrim,  (tarlatan)  all applied to a paper surface with archival adhesive.  Finally some water soluble pastel pencil, was added to bring it all together.

Visit Clare's website to find out more about her own artwork

email Clare 

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Velvet and Charcoal

Just visited the blog of Diana Hand member of FDPW and came across new work, that I thought you might like to see.  Check out her website which she has just updated

Introductory Printmaking course at FDPW 2010

This course which took place in August was taught again (as per 2009) by the excellent tutor and FDPW member Colin Beaumont. 

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

* Print Technique Spotlight; Spitbite - Jenny Spain *

I intend to  periodically feature an artist who I feel uses a particular technique or process really well.
I shall start with Spit Bite
I was quite taken with these prints featuring spit bite by Irish print maker Jenny Spain, whose art work I became aware of during the past couple of months.  She is a member of one of the longest established print workshops for original prints in Ireland -  Graphic Studio in Dublin.
  I know only too well how certain issues  arise with doing spit bites e.g.,  when you proof them,  they don't seem very dark which can be disappointing, or the acid doesn't seem to be etching into the plate surface very much....and so on......Some advice, in this respect,  is available from Emily York  on the Magical Secrets website

Although she is using the more toxic resin which of course we no longer use at FDPW the principles are of course the same as in - that the plate is covered with dots which then leave dots of open area,   through which the 'acid' will bite through.
With the acrylic resist set up we now have installed at FDPW,  we would be  using Lascaux acrylic resist,  in place of rosin for the aquatint.   The resist is sprayed on to  metal plate with an airbrush then ferric chloride/ copper sulphate (for which we recently got the recipe from Paul Musgrove)   would be brushed on, dripped on, or applied with a squeeze bottle to create soft tones and watercolour bleed like marks  onto the plate.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Estampe Belgium - Print Exchange ( clo.10th October 2010 )

Angela Heidemann

Just got an update from Angela's blog (I'm  a subscriber)  with a notification  that she had finally had her website updated and very good it's looking too - I had no idea she had done all this work so thought I would share it.
Please if any of you have a blog or website (or a website where you have some work on display)  let me/us know   email:

It would be great  to have  a listing on here, of links to artist members artworks.  I particularly liked this drawing by Angela.

Go check out Angela's website and Blog ( There's a link on the website that takes you to the blog).

Friday, 16 July 2010

Beginners Printmaking Course at FDPW ++ August 2010 ++

Introduction to Printmaking Course

Saturday 21st  & 28th  August 2010
10.30 – 4.00 pm

An introductory course run over two Saturdays from 10.30 – 4.00 pm.

This course is designed to introduce you to the joys of Printmaking within a small group in our Workshop here in Dunfermline. As you learn about various techniques we hope you will also come to appreciate the practical aspects of working with other members of our Artist led organisation and feel comfortable working in this space.

Collagraph by Colin Beaumont

Places are LIMITED.

To book your place:
Phone Colin Beaumont 01333 309223 or email;
COST: £40 (£30 for members) payable by 14 August 2010

Course is generously subsidized with Funding from Celebrating Fife
Participants should bring : work clothes – this is a hands-on practical course, you should expect to get dirty!!

Source Material:  Sketches, photos, pencils, charcoal, pens, brushes etc.
Tea and Coffee provided, bring your own lunch.

Fife (Dunfermline) Printmakers Workshop
Dell Farquharson Centre,
Netherton Broad Street,

KY12 7DS

Friday, 25 June 2010

Mini Print Competition ++ Leicester UK (clo. 1st Nov. 2010)

Leicester Print Workshop - Smallprint: Big impression Touring Exhibition

 Leicester Print Workshop announces a call for artists for smallprint: big impression: a touring exhibition of contemporary prints that measure no more than 100 sq cm.
Exhibition will be selected by an independent panel of experts; prizes include art materials and a cash award. 
Artist may submit up to a maximum of three works

£18 (UK Printmakers)

£15 (LPW members)

£25 (Printmakers based overseas).

 All selected work will be featured in a full colour catalogue

and will tour continuously in a selling exhibition throughout 2011 and will also be available for purchase online. 

For more information and to apply please contact LPW by email or visit our website from which application forms and terms and conditions can be

Deadline is 1st November  2010

Note;  there is a catalogue from the previous time this event was held in 2008, at the Print Workshop if anyone would like to have a look at it..  Should be in the office somewhere.

linocut Image by Carl Harris

Monday, 14 June 2010

Abbot House June 2010

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FDPW Exhibit recent printmaking at Abbot house, Maygate in 

Private View on Friday 18th June 6 to 8. 30 pm

Wine and activities.

Please contact Steve Ratomski 
for further information

If you are interested there is a report, with photos of the event on Colin Beaumont's Blog 

Sunday, 16 May 2010

New Member Introduction Mandy Tait

Here are some images and prints by our newest member: Mandy Tait.

Update re Photo Etch Course Stage 2

Update re Photo Etch Course Stage 2

There are now 5 members registered to take the photo etch course with Paul Musgrove on 12 and 19th June.  There is still room for 1 or 2 more people,  at most.  Be sure and book soon if you are interested.

Above is an example of work made during and subsequent to Photo etch Stage 1 course, by Thora Clyne.

Please Note: there will be a request to participants,  for approximately  £10.00 each,  towards materials.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Small Prints -Triennial of Small Graphic Forms ** Vilnius ** (clo 15th July)

7 th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms 

Vilnius 2010

  Lithuanian Artists’ Association, Vilnius Graphic Art Center, Arka Art Gallery. 

Open to Lithuanian and foreign graphic artists.

Number of participants is unlimited.

Place and time
 the exhibition  will be held in Arka Art Gallery on October 12th – November 3rd, 2010.

Works shall be accepted from May 15 th to July 15th , 2010 at the following address:

7 th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms, 
4/2 01130

Contact: phone (370 5) 2 62 19 96, fax (370 5) 2 62 19 86, 
Curator: mobile phone +370 686 37054, 

Conditions of entry 

Participation fee is 10 EUR payable by payment check or international money-order at the following address: 


Nijol Altenyt, 
Lithuanian Artists’ Association, 
 4/2, LT – 01130 

Each artist can submit at most 6 works made after 2007.

All graphics techniques and digital techniques are accepted. (Except monotype, photographic and photo copy).

The signed graphic works must be submitted without frame and pass? partout.

Legible name of the artists, title, technique and date of creation should be indicated on the overleaf of the work.

The maximum paper size is 30 x 22 cm.

Work failing to meet the above – indicated requirements shall not be accepted.

One work indicated by the author shall be retained by the organisers of the exposition in the collection of the Vilnius Graphics Centre.

 the organizer will publish catalogues featuring all the works exhibited.

All participants of the exhibition will receive the catalogue for free.

Upon agreement of author, the exposed works might be sold out. Amount of royalty shall be fixed by the author, and the sales prices shall be fixed by the organizers of the exposition.

Prizes and jury

Participants of the exposition shall be awarded with monetary and material prizes and diplomas.

 Jury panel shall be comprised of representative’s artists and art critics.

Delivery of works
Upon expiration of the exposition, the works shall be delivered back to the authors.

 Delivery costs shall be covered by the exposition organizers who assume no liabilities for any damage that might be caused to the works during their delivery.

Some of the exposed works might be further used to make a collection to be exposed in other cities and towns of the Lithuania.

Such works will be delivered back to their authors later.

The authors will be kept relevantly informed.

The organizers of the exposition preserve a right to publish the works in press free of any payments to the authors.

The author confirms agreement to the terms and conditions of the organizers by affixing his/her signature.


Culture Support Foundation of the Republic of Lithuania,

Lithuanian Artists’ Association, Vilnius Graphic Art Center, “Petro ofsetas”, “Upartas”.
7 th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms
Vilnius 2010

For further information please see:

or contact:

Lithuanian Artists' Union (Lietuvos dailininku sajunga) 
Mrs. Egle Bertasiene

TEL (+370 5) 262 19 96
FAX (+370 5) 262 19 86

Vokieciu g. 4/2, LT-01130 Vilnius, Lithuania Fax 00 370 (5) 2621986

For full details contact: phone (370 5) 2 62 19 96, fax (370 5) 2 62 19 86, e-mail:
Curator: mobile phone +370 686 37054, e-mail:

HERES the application form for you to download as per a normal jpg image

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Photo Etch Course (2) June 2010

Please have a look at the website of Paul Musgrove if you would like to see some of his artwork

Contact by email

You may also send cheque to

Fife+ Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop
The Basement,
Dell Farquharson Community Centre,
Netherton Broad St.
Dunfermline, Fife,
KY12 7DS


If you would like to participate on this course then please let us know by email or phone.  You can also visit the print workshop in advance if you would like to have a look around and to meet some of the FDPW members.
email:                  Telephone  01383 727873

Click here to visit the website of Catherine King, if you would like to see some of her artwork.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Artists `residency at Swansea Print Workshop (clo 12 March 2010)

 To apply, please send:
  • CV
  • A covering letter detailing your new approach to printmaking; how you would approach this opportunity and highlighting any relevant experience which you feel would particularly support your application.
  • CD with examples of work
If selected for interview you will be required to bring a portfolio of work to the interview.
Applications by: 12 March 2010, Interviews will take place on: 19 March
Residency dates: four months between April 2010 and August 2010

Have a look at the info page re this opportunity on the Swansea Print Workshop Website
"Father Daughter" collagraph by Sarah Hopkins

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

New UK Printmaking Competition in Falmouth, 2010 (clo 30 Jun 2010)

The first International Contemporary Printmakers Competition takes place in Falmouth, Cornwall UK from 27th Sept to 10th October 2010.
This competition is open to all prinkmakers.
DEADLINE 30th June 2010
For further details please go to their website at

Image by Alex Gillies  check his website at

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Courses at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

ESW Sculpture Courses 2009-10
Papermaking Taster Day
With Chrissie Heughan

Saturday 24 April 2010, 10am – 4pm
1 day: £55 (Reductions for: concession £49.50, member £46.75)

This one day taster course introduces you to the ancient skill of handmade paper making.
Recycled cotton clothes and rags are made into beautiful pieces of unique handmade paper, incorporating designs, motifs and trapped objects.
Course cost includes all materials but participants are welcome to bring things to trap in the paper, such as seeds, thread and glitter.
Suitable for all levels of experience, places are limited to 10 participants.
To book your place or find out more, please phone 0131 551 4490 or e-mail

ESW Sculpture Courses 2009-10
Feltmaking into Soft Sculpture
With Chrissie Heughan

Saturdays, 20 &; 27 March 2010, 10am – 4pm
2 days: £100 (Reductions for: concession £90, member £85)

Learn the modern equivalent of traditional techniques of dry and wet feltmaking and methods of constructing these into a small soft sculpture.
Course cost includes all materials.
Suitable for all levels of experience.
Places are limited to 10 participants.

To book your place or find out more, phone 0131 551 4490 or e-mail

Education Exhibition, July 2009

image title: "Second Skin"
hand cast japanese kozo paper, threads
Chrissie Heughan 

Sunday, 24 January 2010

FDPW members - International collaborative exhibition, Nevada, USA

Members Aine Scannell, Catherine King, Sheila Carnduff, Alison Leeper, Clare Yarrington and Maria Ginnerup are currently featured in an International collaborative printmaking project which is on show at --> Western Nevada College, Carson City, Nevada,  USA.  The project and exhibition is co ordinated / curated by Candace Nicol  See more photos on the project blog 

UPDATE:  See recent interview with Candace about this project by  the "Press Play Print" Blog team on