Monday, 18 June 2012

Diversion in to Jewellery

It was a quiet weekend in the studio as there was a lot going on in the village with the start of feast week so I thought I would share something I made recently. I was inspired to make this brooch after a visit to the V&A in London. In the jewellery collection in amongst the the fabulous Gold, Diamonds etc there is a collection of jewellery made from less exotic materials such as Iron, Aluminium and Brass.  One of the pieces that caught my eye was by Alexander Calder the American artist who invented Dynamic art by creating the first mobiles, and whose work I love.  When I got home I just had to make something. This brooch is made from paper thin brass to which I have given a hammered finish to catch the light the pin is attached to the center which allows the whole thing to vibrate when worn. As a first attempt I am really pleased with it I am planning to make some more designs experimenting with other metals.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012


I am always excited when I go and pick up one of my pictures from the framers. Linzi at L'bidi always does a wonderful job for me I just need to find somewhere to hang it.

The other good news is that Linzi has offered to put some of my work in the gallery at L'bidi so hopefully I might start selling some work.

Monday, 11 June 2012

How to create a Woodcut

The first step is to prepare a design. I like to draw a sketch to start with, which I then copy onto a fine Japanese tissue paper using ink.
I then stick the tissue face down onto the block using wheat glue. I find that as the ink is soluble I can peel the tissue off the block having transferred the image, you can also leave the tissue stuck to the block and carve through it.

You can then begin carving out the image, I use a selection of Chisels and gouges. The areas that you remove will be white on the final print so it is like creating a photographic negative.

Once you have finished carving you can make a test print, I love this bit it takes me back to my days in my darkroom.

I prepare the ink on an old tile and roll it onto the block.
The paper is then placed on the inked block and the imaged is transferred by carefully rubbing the back of the paper using a Barren.
The paper is then peeled off to reveal the final image.
The printed images are then hung up to dry, this can take a few days