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.





Thursday, 10 December 2015

christmas card

This year I had the honour to design the Christmas Card for Rowley Gallery.

I chose to use some of the characters of a traditional Mexican pastorela, a play that recreates the biblical passage in which the shepherds are guided to Bethlehem and there are always angels, devils, sheep and funny situations.

If you are in west London go and visit Rowley Gallery, it's full of choices for your Christmas presents. The clock is ticking!



Thursday, 3 December 2015

Advent candles

As an exercise I will be collecting nice things that happen every day from here to Christmas.

I was horrified with this first one, but Sami was so please with his present and was going to such trouble to give it to me that at the end he melted my heart.




This one doesn't sound like a big thing but throwing pots is not my strongest point and each one is a triumph.



Every morning I am reminded of the Hitchcock movie The Birds. When I drink my coffee in the morning and look through the window there are loads, dozens of rooks sitting on the wire. Not today though.


Monday, 16 November 2015

First book. First edition.

This autumn instead of making a calendar I spent my time in a much more ambitious project.

In the name of Chaldon Press I proudly introduced to the world my first hand made book. In a VERY limited edition of 10 copies. It features my Sheep of Britain and along with Shepherd Dove you will learn the ancient and mysterious language for counting sheep. This language varies all around the U.K.

Please come and visit my brand new SHOP where I've also hanged some of my recent prints where you can acquire with just a couple of clicks.





Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Ceramics

We are back from a most agreeable holiday in the south of Spain. It was not only a feast for my stomach (churros, shrimps, etc) but a feast for the eyes as well. First time I've been at the Alhambra, wonderful. All those wonderful tiles.

We also went to little towns in the mountains and in one of them we had the nice surprise of containing a Picasso museum with a handful of his magic ceramics.








All was very nice but I was in a hurry to come back home. Thanks to my excellent husband my ceramic studio is completely set up.

I was very proud of myself that on my first firing I didn't lose a single piece!





So, if anybody needs me I'll be in the shed practising, practising, practising.