Last Saturday I visited a contemporary art space (located in a 19th century former textiles mill just outside the Hepworth Wakefield gallery) which was hosting a print fair. There were 57 stall holders and some really interesting things to see and buy. I thought this would be a good opportunity to feature some of the printmakers that you can support them by ordering directly from their online stores.
Here is the actual gallery building with The Calder located just behind it. Hepworth Wakefield is a fantastic place to visit especially if you’re into modern sculpture. Below is a picture of the actual event – plenty of art to choose from and with prices between £1 and £600+ there was definitely something for everybody.
Prints that really caught my attention were those presented by B&B Gallery (example below). I love the black and white details paired with a geometric gold leaf effect. Colorado by Florence Blanchard is a 2 colour hand-pulled screen print which you can order from the B&B Gallery’s online shop at http://www.bandbgallery.com Sadly it looks like the gold version is sold out but there is a bright yellow one left (unfortunately I’m not a big fan of yellow colour).
Another artist I would like to feature is Jenny McCabe. I think I must have missed her stall or perhaps I was going around the place too quickly only stopping by big displays as they were hard to miss. Anyway I found her business name “Coo & Co” on a stall holders list and fortunately it caught my attention. Visit http://www.cooandco.co.uk to find out more about Jenny and to purchase something from her small online shop.
There was also a stall from Helen Peyton who specialises in limited edition lino monoprint and lino reduction prints. Lino printing is a hand-crafted art and Helen creates her prints on a Victorian printing press that is the complete opposite to high tech, this one is no tech! Visit http://helenpeyton.com/
My favourite stall was located more or less in the middle of the place and it seemed a bit different from the others…there was a table, a laptop and some impressive prints hanging on a wall behind it, from massive to small ones. If I had £1,600.00 to spend on a print I would definitely buy the “Overflow” from Lisa Lee which is an aquatint on Fabriano paper, measuring 1400mm x 590mm so a very tall artwork. I may be wrong but the price seemed much less than online as I don’t recall seeing anything above £1000 there but again I might have misread it. Shame the pic on their website is quite poor and doesn’t really reflect the print quality but believe me his print looks really impressive when framed and the details are stunning. http://www.atelierji.com
The last stall holder I would like to feature is Staithes Studios http://staithesstudios.com. I also published a full scanned list of stall holders below so you can do your own search and discover more. There was so many great artists and a good variety of print techniques and subjects but I wish some prints were displayed better (perhaps in larger scale or perhaps the space was too small) as during my visit I had a strange impression almost every stall looked the same. Staithes Studios definitely stand out and I really liked their long (art deco inspired) landscape prints (by Ian Mitchell – http://www.ianmitchell-art.com which are both interesting and affordable.
I recently signed up for a mixed media and drawing course hoping to explore some techniques they never really teach at Uni. One of my recent projects was about drawing a still life in mixed media (so that includes different tools and different surfaces).
I didn’t really know where to start so I thought: I’d paint a piece of cardboard with black ink and see where that leads me. I then started arranging various paper scraps (I bought some nice selection of papers from Khadi Papers – http://khadi.com) from black sunn hemp fibre paper to magazine pages, on my freshly painted piece of cardboard. While I was going through magazine pages I noticed an advert from a paint company called Marston & Langinger:
I really liked the idea of a vivid floral composition on a dark background, it reminded me of some old still life paintings I recently came across in Taschen’s “Still Life” book. It’s a great publication with separate chapters for each still life subject:
I thought since I have some artificial flower bouquets in my sitting room I could use them to create a similar composition with more modern approach. I decided to use white peonies (as they give nice contrast with a black background), white piece of cloth and a black bowl. I wanted to have as little different colours as possible in order to focus on textures and shapes. I started from sketching peonies using different tools, then quickly drawing the whole set of elements before moving on to the actual exercise.
I started from describing basic shapes (flowers, jug, table, cloth) then covered the jug+flowers with white acrylic paint and leaves with a mixture of green and blue which somehow soaked into the black ink background. I then glued a piece of vellum paper around the jug trying to drape it to make it look like the actual cloth – I ended up using three separate pieces of vellum paper for this job. After that I painted the flowers with a mixture of white, light pink, grey and lime (yellow mixed with green) acrylic paint and glued a large scrap of black sunn hemp fibre paper onto the left side of my painting in order to be able to mix various medias together (as obviously I couldn’t use white chalk on a white acrylic paint surface).
As you can see I let the white acrylic paint drip a bit then added more layers of colour, glued the paper, sketched some petals with white chalk and added details using black pens in 0.5mm and 0.8mm. I also glued another piece of paper (textured page from a magazine) onto the white jug to achieve some pattern effect.
The whole piece measuring 52x67cm which was quite comfortable size to work on. I think this exercise was really useful as it made me realise I shouldn’t limit myself to just one medium or one surface in a single drawing and experiment with different options in order to achieve different effects from line detail to surface pattern or texture. I definitely look forward to drawing more mixed media compositions during my course as working with various tools often results in unexpected (yet exciting) results!
“Beauty is diversity,” says photographer Mihaela Noroc, “and I travel the world to discover it.” After quitting her job in Romania two years ago, Noroc decided to begin a photo project while backpacking across the globe. Called “The Atlas of Beauty,” the project is a collection of portraits of the women Noroc met in her travels and is an attempt to show that “beauty is everywhere.” “It’s not a matter of cosmetics, money, race, or social status,” argues Noroc, “but more about being yourself. Global trends make us look and behave the same, but we are all beautiful because we are different.”