Monday, 14 November 2016

Autumn work

These are some of the new prints I showed at the Affordable Art Fair last month.
I am working now on a very nice Japanese paper, I am printing by hand so some are little engraving blocks and others are wood cuts. I'm loving this way of working.





Monday, 31 October 2016

London

A collection of nice things I saw in London last week:


Two ancient terracota figurines at the British Museum.



An ancient terracota figurine at the V&A.



 A Picasso at the V&A.


 The Death of Munrow. Probably my favourite figurine at the V&A.


Two pugilists at the V&A.


The Beatles at the V&A.


 A very nice Mary Newcomb on display at the Crane Kalman gallery (terrible picture, I know).


Tiles of a pub in Kensington.


Window at the YMCA.


An enormous bookshop in the West End.


A John Maltby at the AAF.


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

ex-libris

My latest ex-libris commission.





Saturday, 1 October 2016

RWA

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.