Oh my goodness, where has the time gone?! I'm quite shocked that my last blog was in August. I'm hoping to get back into the habit of blogging my printmaking rather than have it all swept up along with other things.
After a quiet end to August after Art in the Park, September has definitely been busier!
Saturday 29th September was my first workshop at The Farthing Workshop in Kenilworth, and it was a fabulous day! I really enjoyed teaching the ladies about linocut, and I don't think I waffled too much! I am very proud of them and the prints that they created. What I am even more pleased with is that they now know methods that they can use to be able to print at home, and that you don't need any fancy stuff to be able to create great prints; I really hope they all keep it up. We had a great laugh at times too, as well as a good supply of tea and cake! I kept having to remind them to eat - especially around lunch time - as everyone was so focused. The day went very quickly.... Here they are in our lovely sunny setting, and their fab prints too...
I have another workshop in October - you can find the details on my Events page. (that should make a link!) If you fancy coming along, it would be worth giving the gallery a call to see if there are any spaces...
I'm also back printing again. I have #projectpuffin on the go currently, which I am going to get finished for my art fair at the beginning of November. If I have time I'm going to be turning him into a layered print as well as a mono-print - pictures to come soon. I've also started my Christmas cards that I'll be selling at my Autumn/Winter fairs.... no sneak peeks of that yet either, sorry! I also have a mega print plan under my hat - I have to draw him first, which I am hoping to do as part of my #inktober challenge (more on that below!).
You may have noticed a few website changes too - there's a button on my homepage now where you can sign up to a newsletter. I promise there won't be many and the first one, as a thank you for signing up, will include a discount code; which brings me very nicely to the next bit of news.... I've taken the plunge and will be opening a new web store on this site. It is much better than the last version I had on here and can offer better prices and separate shipping choices. (I'm sneaking away from Etsy as it's getting more expensive to run things on there) So if you sign up to the newsletter you can get some pennies off in the shop! I'll be selling my cards, digital prints and mini-prints through it; you'll still have to contact me directly to purchase my larger linocuts (the discount should be available on these too!). I finished uploading all of the product pictures today, so it will be launching in a week or so.
The Events page now also includes where you can find me at my Autumn/Winter fairs, kicking off with Discover, Gather, Give in Stratford-upon-Avon at the beginning of November (3rd and 4th) . Then to Craft and Flea at Coventry Cathedral on the 17th November before my final fair at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's Brandon Marsh on the 4th December as part of their Wildfest!
Keep an eye out as you are travelling around Warwickshire to see if you can spot the Discover Gather Give banners.... you might recognise one of the images :-)
And finally, October sees the return of #inktober - a challenge of drawing every day, so if you fancy keeping up to date with what I'm doing you can follow me on instagram, facebook or twitter where I'll be posting my drawings.
That's enough for now. Time to walk the dogs in the sunshine!
Here we go...
The ramblings of a linocut printmaker.... and other artistic adventures!