This piece is a personal project that I have designed to display in an exhibition based on Harlow Town. The aim is to highlight some of the many creative feature within the town centre which offer inspiration to its public.
Still Life by Fred Watson
I have included many of the sculptures which are dotted around the centre, and some of the architecture which give the town its character such as, the old citizens advice bureau, terminus house, and market square clock.
Relief by William Mitchell, Bird by Michael Chase,
I have also added people into the piece to show the iteration between the town and its people. The two sitting on the bench are enjoying the relaxed environment of the water gardens, The cyclist is passing though due to the many cycle routes that link the centre to the other parts of town, and the guy on the balcony is overlooking Market Square at The Rows.
Harlow Town Home of Art & Culture.
I have tried to create a true and positive representation of Harlow, and look forward to having it on display next month.
This piece will be on display from the 11th of July in Eastgate Gallery, Harlow.
Spent the afternoon at a monoprinting workshop today. Very different from the type of prints I normally produce.
The process is a lot more simple then I'm used to but thats not to say its easy to get results, as you have a lot less control over how your print will turn out.
I started off creating this print of Willow Field Tower using a couple of techniques giving some interesting results. As you can see my registration is a bit off leaving a huge chunk missing from the roof
This print i made is a scene from the workshop where Ellen is inking up a plate with a roller for one of the girls.
Was good fun and found Ellen to be a great teacher, I would definitely like to experiment with monoprint again in the future.
It was really good to meet other printers, and be inspired by their work. Such a wide range of styles and techniques.
I had to buy some handmade cards while I was there, especially after painstakingly designing and printing my own cards over the last month. I felt an increased sense of admiration for their work. It's actually the first bit of christmas shopping I've done this year.
Since printing my previous set of designs, Winter Wildlife, the opportunity has been put to me to have some of my work on sale in this years Christmas shop in Eastgate, Harlow.
So that has motivated me to create a new design to sit on the shelf along side my last set of cards.
I wanted to create something a bit more simple, a one colour print, and what would be better in the theme of christmas then a page full of penguins.
Rather then just having cards stocked in the shop, my aim was to create A5 note/sketch books and a larger artprint too.
The process of printing often generates off cuts and misprints, so rather then throwing them away I decided to print on my off-cuts and cut up my misprints leaving me with loads of little squares of print, which I then turned into gift tags and greeting cards.
The shop opens on the 15th of December in Eastgate Gallery, Harlow.
On the 6th of November I attended the private view of a very inspiring exhibition at the Gibberd Gallery called Xenotopia. I left feeling very excited by all the pieces I could relate to, and quite confused by some of those pieces that I couldn't quite understand.
Today I returned to Xenotopia for a 'Walk and Talk' with the curator Louise Clarke. This gave me, along with many others who attended, the opportunity to see the artworks again. This time with a guided tour explaining the idea behind the exhibition, along with information about some of the pieces on display, and the artists who created them.
And now it all makes sense
The evening was very insightful, with a relaxed atmosphere, giving us all the chance to ask questions about the exhibition. I would strongly advise any one interested in art and print to check out Xenotopia before the 17th of December.