I know it's been a while, but I've not long sent out a newsletter, and thought I'd share some of the information here about what's been going on and what's coming up too.... it's been quite exciting!
GIANT ADVENT CALENDAR AT COMPTON VERNEY: THE DODO!
Thanks to a fabulous opportunity as part of a collaboration between Warwickshire Open Studios and Compton Verney I submitted some of my print images to be considered for their giant advent calendar. Around 90 artists entered, and I was so happy and proud to learn that Dodo had been chosen! On Thursday (it was grey and Very wet) we went over to visit Compton Verney and see if we could spot Dodo..... you couldn't miss him! Here I am with him for a bit of scale!!! The house and grounds look fabulous, they have installed the 24 images in the windows of the house and they are dressing the winter/Christmas too. It was a real treat to see so much colour on a grey day and well worth a visit! I'm not sharing too many photos as I don't want to spoil it for anyone who is going to visit! You can obviously work out from the picture that it's in a ground floor window 😉 If you click on their picture below it will take you to their website.
NEW CARD DESIGNS ON WEBSITE SHOP
I launched a new greetings card design at the end of November on my website shop which had a suitable theme for the time of year! I also realised some of my other designs were missing - they aren't any more!! The Robin cards are 5"x 5" when folded and can be supplied naked (plastic free) but safely wrapped for postage. There's currently a special offer on my 5"x 5" cards - a set of five robins for £10 or a set of 5 wildlife cards (from a choice of nine designs) for the same price - these are mix and match so you can pick five of one design if you like or a combination of images (or opt for the random choice where I'll pick for you!) All of the cards are professionally printed by a local printer too.
I've also been having a general website update with some new images for my products. there's also my hand-stamped Christmas cards available too which are made to order.
You can get straight to my shop by clicking the SHOP tab above on the menu! Here you can find all of my cards and prints - both mini-prints which would make great stocking fillers - and also my other prints too, both limited and open edition. Plus, there's a new Alpaca in town..... it's now also available in orange! (Click on the picture below to take you there!)
If you ever do fancy one of my single colour prints in another colour, please ask, I'm more than happy to oblige if the edition allows..... Dodo, of course, can be printed in any colour as it is a varied edition 😉
I'll be posting out orders up until the Royal Mail final postage dates before Christmas, but please make sure you get your orders in as soon as you can to make sure that things will get there to you in time.
KOI CARP: LIMITED EDITION MULTI-LAYER PRINT
I've finally got round to starting to print my Koi Carp (I have to be so careful typing that word!!!) Each print will be individual as the two layers are hand-coloured and then printed on top of each other. This gives different colour combinations each time so even though it is a limited edition print, each print made will be totally unique within the edition! I've been using the new addition to my 'workshop' a printing press! This has enabled me to play with different techniques for printing. Do not fear though, the trusty spoon has not been retired!!!
I will be listing them on my website over the next week (definitely by the 10th December!) if you fancy popping over to have a look. So the image below is an example - some are lighter and some are darker in how they print - I'm also open to requests!
With the announcement of #lockdown2 I had to postpone my workshops again for November - the patience and understanding of the workshopees has been phenomenal, with some people having their workshop postponed for the second time. Thank you so much to everyone for their support.
Here's a quick update of availability:
Single colour linocut workshop at Bonds Lifestyle
Saturday 9th January - Fully booked
Friday 29th January - Fully booked
Saturday 13th February - one space remaining
Friday 12th March - two spaces remaining
Saturday 10th April
To book, please e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the link below.
Two-colour reduction linocut workshop at Sew Me Something
Sunday 7th February
Saturday 20th March - Fully booked
WEEKEND LINOCUT WORKSHOP - DATE ANNOUNCED!
Held at Sew Me Something, this whole weekend workshop immerses you in the wonder of linocut printmaking!
Please follow the link below to find booking links for the Sew Me Something and Bonds workshops:
More information about all of the workshops and can be found on the WORKSHOP tab above.
As always you can keep up to date on social media too - I'm currently collaborating with seven other Warwickshire/Coventry artists to promote local craftspeople and artisans to help people to support local businesses with posts appearing for the 12 days of Christmas!
There's also the odd video that appears here or there including a quick tour of my 'studio'! 🙂
Here it is if you fancy a gander: https://fb.watch/2cNVIiPbKq/
You can find me here:
and less often on twitter as @alixalmond
Thank you to all of you who have made it this far through the blog! Thank you all for your support over what has been a really tough year in so many ways; it has been fabulous to receive photos from those of you who have continued to make prints after being on one of my workshops, or for the orders received and the comments of support left on my social media. It really is very appreciated.
I wish you all a peaceful time leading up to Christmas.
Here we go...
The ramblings of a linocut printmaker.... and other artistic adventures!