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November 25, 2009 by Martin Pick   Comments (0)


I had a walk round Doncaster Market on Sunday, in the grey damp, because I wanted to get the project started.  Two pictures resulted.  This was a surprise as it was very quiet and almost deserted, lacking its usual energy and noise.  I felt a great inertia and almost gave in and left the camera in its bag.  I think I'll make my next trip on a market day!


November 21, 2009 by Martin Pick   Comments (0)

All a bit of a shock this AA2A web site, contract, fellow artists and great support from Doncaster College.  Not sure I want to write a blog but I seem to have started.

I bought a book on Edward Weston's work yesterday.  As he always does he upsets my view of photography.  I was all set to get the Nikon's out and start work on the project and then you look at the content and quality of his images and you have to stop to have a think and recover.  I was in the middle of this process when I discovered that I can write a blog and now I've got the book out again!

Book is: 'Edward Weston  The form of the nude' by Amy Conger and available from Galloway and Porters in Cambridge for £19.95 or, I hope, any good library

Making progress, taking shape

November 17, 2009 by Sally Robinson   Comments (0)

Hi - had a good day today, starting to grasp my direction after being distracted by so many possibilities. Today did my first lazer cutting and a shower of rain gave me one of those eureka moments as the drops landed on my light reflecting plastic!!! Also loving the textile print although hadn't anticipated how patient I would have to be particularly as I envisage a loooong print.

The best bit was feeling how I am stretching and broadening my skills and practice but today also saw the coherence  working across what I am now planning.

Hope to be more organised and upload some photos with my next Blog - so been through the frustration and distraction now feeling focused and enjoying

Where the idea is from

November 16, 2009 by Andi Chapple   Comments (0)

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The composition idea for series of prints I'm working on is pretty simple ... just two differently-sized circles of colour wandering over to each other on a white background. You can find a lot of precedent for that sort of thing:

Bridget Riley, 'Kiss' (1961)

Bridget Riley's 'Kiss' from 1961, the first painting in her mature style and already a lot bolder than anything I'm planning.

Terry Frost 'Red Black and White' (1967)

Terry Frost's 'Red Black and White' (1967) ...

I think a lot of the impetus for these sorts of pictures comes from Swiss graphic designer Josef Müller-Brockmann, who was doing some superb work with circles in the 1950s. I think Riley would have been aware of him as she was working in an ad agency around then. Here's a 1958 poster by Müller-Brockmann:

Josef Müller-Brockmann, poster for 'Musica Viva' (1958)

Much less 'artistic' perhaps, but very much to my taste.

First weeks at UCLAN

November 15, 2009 by David Henckel   Comments (0)

Having been a member of Artlab, a wednesday night print group based at the Universtity, since February I've already found my feet. Its a great space and the technical staff (both excellent printmakers) are very friendly and helpful. I know a few of the MA students and the coffee is good , so there is plenty of oppurtunity for socialising and talking about work/not work. I'm getting to know some of the first year BA students as well and Its interesting watching them take their first steps in printing.

I've been getting stuck in and have started a piece based on blueprints., and am experimenting with colour and halftone on a series of prints which use shaving foam sculptures as a starting point.

Next week I'm hoping to create a large screenprint of these sculptures.


Still at the drawing board stage!!!

November 14, 2009 by Marie Roberts   Comments (0)

As a sculptor I don't seem to be getting very 3 dimensional! but I have made progress through sketchbook work and drawing. I think this might link to some of my work - 


I would love to hear from any AA2A sculptors!

first print - Hoorah

November 13, 2009 by Dean Melbourne   Comments (1)

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I have finally spent a bit of time in the print workshop just long enough to start to figure out where things live and feel at home. I have a stock of aluminium sheets that I have started to work as basic drypoints. So I thought I would share my first attempt ! Rubbish photo taken on my phone but its good to share isnt it

Print Exhibitions?

November 10, 2009 by Elizabeth Chadwick   Comments (1)

Does anyone know of any good print exhibtions coming up any time soon? :)