Friday, 28 October 2016

Mexican Illustration

Are you around Mexico city these days? There is a great exhibition about to open as part of the Children's Book Fair. And I am among the exhibitors!  Entry is free, 11th November 12hrs at the Parque Bicentenario.

Two of my pieces will be on display in good company, just take a look at the list of names of my friends and colleagues:

Tuesday, 4 October 2016


My latest ex-libris commission.

Saturday, 1 October 2016


Hooray. It's official. My work is hung at the Royal West of England Academy Annual Open Exhibiton.

The exhibition runs from the 9 October up to the 27 of November in Bristol, which is a really cool town.

I'm so glad this is been selected. It's a technique I really want to develop more. For a while I've been wanting to combine my wood engravings with ceramics.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tiles, many tiles

I got a wonderful commission -from my own husband, that is- to make something fun for our bathroom.

The deadline was very tight so I had to discard many big scale ideas like these bathrooms that my beloved Steinberg illustrated:

So with the limitations I had I decided to make a set of tiles with the Story of Sami the Conqueror -or the Battle of Chaldon-, back in the year of the Lord 1066 came to conquer and became the monarch of Chaldon.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Old news: July, Bild-Werk Frauenau

For the sake of keeping some sense in this blog -and because it helps me remembering when I did what- I shall then update of what I've been doing this Summer.

After our very successful first Open Studio at the Dorset Art Weeks, I only had time to pack and go as Artist in Residence in Bild-Werk Frauenau where I spent a wonderful month in the company of my old friends and where I met some other artists and crazy people, all full of energy. I am so grateful for the invitation. I see my life now as before and after Bild-Werk. What a place!

My friend Vera and I had the whole printing studio to ourselves. She was on fire printing non-stop, but for me, the process is slower. It took me two weeks to start actually making something worth to be hang on the walls.

My idea this year was to dedicate most of the time to create artists books and I did manage to make three with very short editions. I put one of them in the auction at the end of the session and it sold really well.

And of course, a big part of my time in there is dedicated to meditate and experience the excellent Bavarian food and beer.

Now back in the studio at home I have to fight hard to keep the magic going. When Erwin Eisch welcomed us to this wonderful school he created he advised us to be free, to keep the hands connected to the heart. That should be my motto from now on. 
And my heart is in Bild-Werk.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

I'm back!

What the hell? it seems that blogger has finally decided to allow me updating my blog in my old computer.
Just as well. I have some terribly important announcements and past events to talk about.

Announcements first:

I have been invited to take part in the Great Print Exhibition at the Reghed Centre in Cumbria. It's a big and long exhibition starting on the 25th of November up until the 26th of February. So you have plenty of time to organise yourself and come up north, if you are not there already.

I may also be an Artist in Residence there, working with their magnificent Albion and creating a series of prints to show the public about the printing process. I'll keep you inform.

I shall be presenting a new collection of prints I've been working on. Big ones. I sometimes need some variety so I've been resting the wrist from wood engraving and allowing my arm to work on a wider movement.

Also one of the porcelain wood engravings I've been working on was pre-selected at the Royal West of England Academy for the 164 Annual Exhibition, which pleases me greatly. It will please me even more if it gets to be hanged. I shall then be invited in golden letters to attend the varnishing ceremony and all that. Fingers crossed. I'll keep you posted.

 The first one is called Self-Storm and that is the one selected.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Open Studio 2016

I haven't been able to update my blog for a long long time. I refuse to buy a new computer or update my system. Why should I? Grrrr.
Anyway, I shall do it the complicated way, posting sometimes from my iPad. 

And thus, friends, time flies and Dorset Art Weeks are about to start and here I will post a preview of some of the new work Colin and I will have on display, ready for you to admire and acquire. Here to start some of my smoke fired figures.

Friday, 15 January 2016

January prints

The prints are starting to come out from the oven. These are the first two.

Pig Champions

The Poultry Champion

Monday, 11 January 2016

David Bowie

Back in 1995 I got commissioned to illustrate a comic for the released of David Bowie's Outside album. The songs in the album form a story about a futurist cyber detective Nathan Adler who is investigating a series of artistic crimes. I remember that around that time Ron Athey, one of the artists featured in these stories came to Mexico city and we saw the performance which was both terribly gore and fascinating.

I was told that Bowie was very pleased with both the campaign for the release of his album and the comic and also that he requested to have the original drawing of the cover. I don't know if all this is true or that over the years I've made it up, but I like to think that one of my drawings was hanging on one of his walls (or at least resting on a drawer in his house).

And now he is gone! I can't believe it. I love him and through all those years living in London I kept dreaming I would run into him in the streets and would tell him so like any annoying fan.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Imre Reiner

My friend Carsten first dragged my attention to the work of Imre Reiner, a typographer and wood-engraver born in Hungary in 1900, and later he sent me a wonderful book illustrated by him.

I am utterly impressed by the apparently easy and relaxed way he worked on the wood to create images that look like ink drawings. Amazing. I have set up a challenge to try something like that on that beautiful piece of lemon wood that has been queuing to be used for quite some time.