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Paintings on shelving units...

February 17, 2010 by Andy Parsons   Comments (0)

The process of making sculpture for this project has inspired another parallel body of work in 2d in my studio in Ireland. I have made a series of paintings on the white boards from the dismantled shelving units of the disused pharmacy where I did a residency in Sligo last year. They are quite crude and look like they have had a tough life. They also have a vaguely comedic feel to them - like the sculptures. I am interested in the way that people might at first laugh, and then be prompted to ask why they are laughing....

Slightly more satisfied

February 15, 2010 by Andi Chapple   Comments (0)

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Today I finished prints of the two designs I have been working on. I was a lot happier once they looked a bit more like something. The various experiments in colour scheme weren't too illuminating; overall I think I prefer them plainer, certainly I don't think the texturing I was getting on the foreground shape did much. I need to do some more really ...

6806 version 2

6904 version 2

Wax resist for screenprint

February 15, 2010 by Andi Chapple   Comments (0)

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Another quite frustrating session today - I am finding it hard to work towards a design I already have in mind because of my low level of skill and experience at this. It seemed easier and more fun just letting the images come out of playing with techniques.

Anyway ... today I was doing some second colours on backgrounds for the dry stone wall images. I wanted to put some texture in and I used something I did the last time I worked on this idea - doing a wax rubbing onto the silk screen from a load of string stuck to a piece of card. It gives a kind of ploughed field effect which is quite nice.

example of wax resist on screenprint screen

This is the sort of thing you get - I tried various methods of doing the rubbing, using harder and softer pressure, covering the string with stuff, and so on. Here is a selection of results:

printed backgrounds


February 15, 2010 by Helen Dearnley   Comments (0)

Since I last wrote, I've suffered a series of unfortunate events that have prevented me from getting much work done.

My father passed away suddenly in the early hours of 20th December 2009 and this came as a shock.

My thoughts have obviously been on that, and have been annoyingly distracted by another problem that arose, which I don't want to bring up here now, because fortunately it's now resolved, it's simply a problem that should never have occurred in the first place.

I'm now getting close to the Alice exhibition and haven't got any animation work done. So to say I'm frustrated by that would be putting it mildly. I haven't been able to make a start on it due to the animation dept having gone away on two trips, one after the other. All I need is to know what software will be best to make my animation in and a brief introduction possibly. 

I can do the rest once I know what I'm doing, but at this rate it'll never get done!

I have all the images finalised and some are here: http://helend-blackbird.blogspot.com/

(have I mentioned before how tedious the image uploader is on here?)

I've booked my son into Kids Club this week so that I can use the time, but I can't afford for that to be wasted now.

Premiere Vision

February 14, 2010 by Joyce Addai-Davis   Comments (0)

Hi All.

Tuesday I travelled to Paris for the Premiere Vision show (it is a hub for all creative designers worldwide to come together and source manufacturers for garment production, fabric weavers, yarns and colour trends for next seasons collections). I was there on business, I needed to find manufacturers and ideas for Jacquard; I even found the company that provided Chelsea's weave department with their Pointcarre TC-1 loom. Frank - one of the advisors, he was very nice and helpful, I asked him questions about Pointcarre and if they had any suggestions for my project.

The show was so gigantic that I and my business partner could not see everything in the three days we were in Paris. We said that in order to enjoy the show one really needs to know what their collection is about, ideas about fabrics, drapes, garment accessories etc. you just need to know what you want otherwise the show could lead you into confusion. We spoke to jacquard weavers, linen spinners, manufacturers in Romania and new technology fabric producers, every meeting gave us new ideas and made us realised we can create anything as long as we knew what we wanted.

The best part was getting a special creative pass, all thanks to Gill my old Premiere Vision boss with whom I worked for in July 2008 and left after having the opportunity to work in Thailand as a textile weaver 6 months, so coming back to the show as a guest and being able use the creative lounge and rub shoulders with creative designers within the fashion industry - was great honour.

Monday, I'm in the Jacquard room, so please if and when you see me don't hesitate and say hi or ask me a question, I'd be more than happy to help.

Love Joyce xxx


full figure print

February 12, 2010 by Andrew Dalton   Comments (0)


Finally got around to making the full length figure that I've been working towards. bit of a nightmare as I got the alignment all wrong on the second sheet and the hand was on the wrong side of the body. but overall, i'm pleased. I was probably rushong a bit to get it finish today as I'll be away from the studio now for 2 weeks. it'll be interesting when I get back we AA2Aers have pretty much had the place to ourselves, but from early march we've got to share the studio on a friday with 10 designers doing an induction into printmaking... might be a good time to try some digital printing!

Bonjour blog

February 10, 2010 by Jo Ball   Comments (0)

Hello there,

First blog post of the year, actually first blog post ever. I've been meaning to say hello for a while now - what can I say? It's been a busy start to 2010. Kingston came into the scheme late in November and it took a while to get health and safety inductions out of the way (I now have my magic green apron) before the proper work could begin. I have a little space in the corner of a ceramics studio and a shelf in a cupboard to store my things. The view from my table looks out over a small river (une riviere - why is it that French has so many more terms for describing rivers than English?). I have been told three times already that it is the river featured in the Pre-Raphelite painting of the Lady of Shallot, (by Millais?) The setting is rather idyllic  - playful shoutings each break from the primary school on the other bank, a pair of wagtails bobbing up and down along the concrete paving outside my window each day. The only downside is the flies - apparently they are connected to the river - students have told me that in the summer you end up with a mouthful as soon as you step outside, ughh.

So what have I been up to the last month? Mostly been playing with ceramics, porcelain in particular. I started off making these envelope/boat forms which I am still doing although the shape of them has  changed significantly from the first ones. Still getting to grips with firing - had a batch of pastel pink last week but fingers crossed the next ones will turn out white, translucent hopefully as the 'slabs' I am building/folding with are paper thin. Ceramics feels like an awfully extended process sometimes - lots of trials and tests but still, I am enjoying the material a lot. Elaine the technician knows a lot which is great and she is really helpful. Also been in and out of the woodshop. Mostly scavenging materials - it amazes me how much the students throw away - I am in scrap heaven! I'll be in again on Friday and will take some pictures to post.

A la prochaine...


Eggs :/

February 8, 2010 by Lynsey Harrison   Comments (0)

I'm being driven mad by the strength of eggs! Balance, tension, gravity, illusion.... Balancing an egg upright, really upright 90 degrees with weight added is proving problematic!

Bricks in the shop

February 7, 2010 by Christine Hurford   Comments (0)

If  anyone  is  near  Penrith  do  come  to  the  Devonshire  arcade  and  say  hello.  We  have  been  in  an  empty  shop  there  for  a  week  and  have  another  week.  We  hope  to  have  an  exhibition  of  the  work  completed  while  we  have  been  there  on  Saturday  13th,  and  then  we  have  to  get  out.

I  was  worried  last  Monday  that  we  would  not  get  everything  in  the  car - bricks,  clay,  boards,  tables  and  chairs  as  well  as  kettle  and  food  had  to  go  in.  It  was  rather  daunting  setting  up  in  the  shop  in  the  centre  of  Penrith  and  opening  the  doors.  Many  people  have  been  happy  to  come  in,  others  have  peered  through  the  windows.  When  enticed  in  they  seemed  to  be  interested.  I  have  started  some  work  on  decaying  bricks  and  finished  other  projects  on  enclosures  that  are  not  held  by  mortar.

Next  worry  is  being  interviewed  on  radio  Cumbria  and  then  getting  all  the  work  home  in  one  piece.  Best  wishes  to  all  on  the  scheme.


Bird Boy

February 5, 2010 by Andrew Dalton   Comments (0)

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Worked on the double sheet lino cut today. Had problems with image registration, but decided in the end that life is too short to be a technical printmaker. A little bit of rock n roll didn't do anyone any harm after all! The images reads quite well across both sheets so that's good enough.

I'm slightly troubled by my recent obsession with bird images and haven't been happy with the way they've worked out. I decided to make a torn lino shape which is an aproximation of a bird-form, but could just as easily be a bin bag. And after railing against ambiguity in an earlier blog I'm much happier with the ambiguous form in this image!