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Photogravure Adventures

December 20, 2017 by Olivia Penrose Punnett   Comments (0)

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Memory, time and the image are what drive my practice, (the dynamic visual status of remembrance and daydream). In print, this means introducing interruption in the way an image is received, through the process of reprinting, and then again in how it is presented in exhibition. Exaggerating the aesthetics of photo etchings, pushing bleed and blur, or ‘error’, as Boym says, ‘errors’, “capture a manual labour of memory and a “personal” touch that imprints in the images like a disruptive signature”.


Because of this it could either be easier, or harder to compare digital and analogue photo transfer to printing plates. Similarly comparing toyobo photo etching plates, and photo polymer laminated plates, may also be harder or easier to see the effects of. But this is where my starting point is.


The visual effects of digitisation such as dpi and pixilation, are often carried across to plate when using digital photography or an acetate aqua tint screen and image (that is digitally printed) to transfer an image & aqua tint to the plate.

There is here, in my opinion, sometimes a loss of the physicality, and the gestural because of this. I wish to use analogue technologies to reconnect with more traditional etching aesthetics in photogravure, to show human ‘error’, and to re explore mark making; intervening in the process of image transfer and exposing plates.


Another ‘spanner in the works’ however is that the photo’s I use often already contain blur, or are close ups, sometimes microscope close ups.


I have started at Derby by using glass plate negatives to transfer an image to toyobo plate so that no digital effects are introduced. But have had to use an aqua tint screen still.


I then went back to ‘Image On Blue Film’ a photopolymer film, which i feel is closer to traditional etching. A seemingly common feature of photo etching with toyobo plate is an almost clinical precision, which looses touch with the material aesthetic of an etching sometimes. But this could also be flipped to show blur in more detail!


I am now in the process of using both toyobo and photo polymer laminated plates to print with to compare. Again, because I intend to use a photo of the prints to expose a fresh plate to, I will exaggerate the effects of the printing in both mediums to compare this also.


Boym, Svetlana, Nostalgic Tecnologies: multitasking with clouds, Photo works, 05/2012, issue

The value of a new medium

December 13, 2017 by Jayne Murray   Comments (0)

For my residency I wanted to learn screen printing. As a photography and public art graduate it is not a million miles away from the mediums I already use but I am finding the process of learning a new medium is focusing my mind on my practice as I consider how to apply it to how I usually work. Invaluable for development and reengaging with practice!

Dotbiz Tips

December 6, 2017 by AA2A Info   Comments (0)

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Hi AA2A artists,

It is great to see so many of you uploading images of your work onto our networking area.

To help you make the most of this here are a few helpful tips.

  • To find other artists use the choose All Artists from the Artists menu 
  • You can make friends with and send messages to any user of the site. Just go to an artists page and choose Add Friend or Send a Message. 

If you want to learn more about how to use our networking area check out Dotbiz Easy Guides (we confess these may need a little updating as we are making improvements to the site).

Best wishes and happy networking!

The AA2A Team 

Potential progress with the question of powering the drone motors

December 2, 2017 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

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I had a useful meeting on Nov 29th with Dr Shabnam Sadeghi-Esfahlani and two of her post-grad students in the Computing and Technology Department who have undertaken to help me to get the drone motors working for the flying lampadario project , and I'm hopeful they will be successful!


Film work

November 30, 2017 by Annette Pugh   Comments (0)

I am currently back in Coventry working on a short film with images sourced from a set of 35mm slides from the late 1960's and inspired in part by a relatively unknown female travel journalist from the same period. I have spent my first few sessions reassessing and re-visualising archive imagery, cropping and repositioning the focus to create new digital photographs within a studio environment. I am in many ways seeking aspects within the images that the original photographer may have overlooked.

AA2A and Who am i?

November 26, 2017 by Joanne Coates   Comments (0)

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After graduating two years ago I went to work at Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam, I found their to be a refreshing attitude a lack of heirachy in the arts that really appealed to me. 

I moved back to rural North Yorkshire for work in April 2016. I missed having access to the arts, to creative networks to the industry, and to my peers. To a creative network. I found out about AA2A from an artist who had taken part previously. It sounded briliant. Jut the peer networking, diverse source of inspiration and work I needed. I am really happy to be accepted by Derby and look forward to what the next months have in store. An opportunity to develop new work, a place where wealth doesn't matter, a breaking down of the barriers and an increase in access in the Arts. 

Now who am i? What is it that I do? 
I’m Jo (http://www.joannecoates.co.uk/) a visual storyteller based in the North of England. My work is a documentary approach to every day stories that are often overlooked. I graduated from London College of Communication in 2015 and have been working freelance for a year and a half.
My mottos both photographic and personal, is never under estimate anyone, and always listen, everyone has a story worth hearing. 

I studied Fine art at The Cass then Photography at London college of Communication. Honestly, you get out of it what you put into it. I always felt lucky to have the opportunity to be studying in London and used my time. The aspects I found most vital were theory and the visiting lecturers. 

I've been working freelance for a year and a half since graduating all over the world and across the UK. I'm just started on my path and am interested in the ways AA2A wil influence me. 


Lens Think Yorkshire

November 26, 2017 by Joanne Coates   Comments (0)

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Lens think is; A creative group, a community of people that can offer advice, a place where people can chat about ideas and work, it helps ease that pressure. It’s also really important to have peers out there, on the more business side to network and to grow an understanding of the industry you work in.

There are so many rejections in this industry we are told we need to be tough, and develop a thick skin. The problem lies in that most creative are sensitive people, the pressures can take their toll. A physical meeting won’t solve any of the problems within the photographic industry BUT what it can do is be a great place, to encourage inclusivity, to allow people to be curious, to meet people that they can form collaborative projects with.  Also to put on some events that allows people to experiment a little with the medium, with other people and with themselves.  I wanted to create a group where it didn’t matter how established people were, where it doesn’t matter what awards they’ve won, what university you attended, what class you’re from, it’s a meet up where everyone is welcome.

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Our launch event was May 11th 2017 in York. The night saw Al Palmer of Publishers Brown Owl Press alongside Speed Creative networking. Amongst the photographers were Graphic Designers, Publishers and magazine editors. Lens think has a Facebook group which is open to anyone to join, a instagram that features interviews with new and more well known work by photographers who have worked in the North.


Facebook Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/281527135607690/




Interview with Fleur and Arbor:




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Thursday November 30th  will see the very last social of 2017  for Lens Think Yorkshire, A bi-monthly social in Yorkshire to meet, share work, ideas, & develop photography in the North. The night will see a trio of talented speakers, talking about how they make it work in Photography. Photographers from across Sheffield will take to the intimate venue of Hagglers Corner for an informal night to celebrate Lens Think’s first year. 

|| Al Brydon || 

 || Al is a UK based photographer and co-founder of the Inside the Outside collective.He currently resides in South Yorkshire, on the edge of the Peak District. This relatively recent move back to his home triggered connections with the landscape in ways he never realised were possible. The landscape and the long departed people who lived and worked within it sing songs. He's trying to learn to listen. || 

|| Darren O’Brien || 

|| Darren is a Sheffield based Documentary photographer and photojournalist currently working for Guzelian Photo agency. His work regularly appears in the national press including the guardian, the times and the daily Telegraph.  Darren has exhibited across the UK and his project "Anywhere But Home" was published as a book by Brown Owl Press.  ||

|| Chelsea Abbot.  || 

|| Chelsea is a recent graduate of  Sheffield Hallam university where she won the Best in Show award for her work.  || 

Alongside the talks will be a festive print swap and the chance to meet talent from across the region. 

 – and you’re invited to come and take a look.

"Flying Lampadario (Take These Broken Wings & Learn to Fly)"

November 24, 2017 by Chris Meigh-Andrews   Comments (0)

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Back in the UK now and beginning to work in earnest on the first of the sky pieces. Plenty of issues: At the moment the technical challenge is to try to find a way to get three drone motors to work, controlled by an arduino. I also have some "flying" video footage I'd like to use as part of this work, but still have no real idea how to integrate it with the sculptural element. I like these problems, or at least I like trying to deal with the challenges they pose.

Back in the Print Room after 20 years.

November 21, 2017 by Emma Davies   Comments (0)



A couple of weeks ago I had my 'refresher' course in the print room led by the brilliant Kevin Holdaway. An 'action packed' hour, crammed with instructions, hints and tips. I frantically tried to write down everything thing he said as we went along, as I did not want to break or ruin any equipment. I then went off for lunch to compose myself and gather my thoughts.

It really is a case of going for it. But sensibly (as in when attempting anything new and long forgotten). I took a deep breath and centered my paper. I followed each and every instruction. Kevin was trying very hard not to directly watch me as he was being busy around the print room, while I was trying not to look an idiot in front of the two students who were very competent around the equipment. I fessed up to one of the students - 'I am just going to watch you and do what you are doing!' 

I am screen printing.

The first muck up was that either I a. didn't add the mixer to the ink or b. I didn't add enough pressure. Either way - I know for next time. I'll do both.

As I got the hang of it my confidence grew. It's like riding a bike Kevin said. You'll never forget. By the end of the session my body was maneovering around the equipment like it was yesterday and I was a lot younger. It reminded me of muscle memory. Place my hips here, stand like this, stretch my arms there, put this amount of pressure on now, flick this like that......

Here is a list of things that I did:

Applied a ground coat of ink.

Applied a second coat - but rough, so it's mottled.

Made stensils of words from newsprint.

Centered them on the paper and ran over third colour.

I am making protest posters. These particular ones will be as my own fine art prints,  inspired by protest posters made by participants during the pilot of the participatory project 'You Can't Shake Hands with a Clenched Fist'.  

The next time I am in the print room is tomorrow. 

My plan is: Experiment mixing my own colours. Create some new grounds. Make new stensils. Experiment with layers of colour - see what works. Practice with the watercolour crayons - do they create the effect that I am looking to acheive? 

My first task is finding the same screen and remembering how to attach it - and if I can't, taping up my own screen to the size I need it. Hopefully there will be a student in there again to come to my rescue..... 

And if I could work out how to put images on this blog I would show you the results....


Background in place

November 17, 2017 by Jayne Murray   Comments (0)

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Getting more to grips with the medium, I had films made for a two screen process and have printed the background colour, waiting for them to dry and printing colour two next week. Understanding the process and trying to think of how it can work as a mobile process out & about; I think the photocopier could be key! What's interesting is understanding how an image can be constructed within this process and the saturation of colour is fantastic, as is the speed at hich copies can be made once it's set up. Meeting more students and staff and looking at Rauschenburg.