Here’s something I’ve been working on lately – a new commission especially for Oxford University shops. I’ve loved cutting out all the incredible buildings that are unique to the city and trying to fit them in a 10cm bauble.
August 27, 2012
… just got back from two weeks in Transylvania… definitely a fairytale land. This is one of the fortified churches (Viscri)
I’d love to go back in winter. The forests are full of bears, lynx and of course wolves!
drypoint in progress
December 11, 2011
After teaching drypoint in schools for the past few years and never actually doing any myself I’ve decided to go back to this process. I like drawing with a gramaphone needle and I can cope with the scratching noise (which can sound like a flock of herring gulls when it’s a class of 30 year 9s) but not being able to make curved lines is frustrating.
“Come along now, my dear, if you don’t want to be made into wolf-porridge”, he exclaimed with frightening joviality…
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken
Drypoint is an intaglio process like etching. The burr thrown up at the sides of the incised lines scratched into the plate will hold the ink (creating a softer more blurred line than the neat precise marks of etching which uses acid to incise). It’s not finished yet but I hope to print before Christmas.
Sunken Garden Secrets at Kensington Palace
July 17, 2011
I’ve just finished working on my latest project which is an interactive installation in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.
As part of the inTRANSIT festival of Kensington and Chelsea, I’ve created a series of lasercut silhouettes featuring the secrets of former inhabitants of the palace (from the ratcatcher and Peter the wild boy to various princesses and princes). The public are invited to go along and add their own secrets between 22 – 31 July.
While working in Oxfordshire over the past few weeks I’ve been visiting Blenheim Palace to get an idea of Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and to see the statue of Queen Anne commissioned by the Duchess. This inspired the bauble depicting ‘Secret Regrets’ which suggests the remorse the two inseparable friends may have felt after their friendship dramatically fell apart in 1711.
Masque of the Red Death
June 1, 2011
I’ve interpreted the poster of the classic horror based on Poe’s tale for the flicker club who are screening the film this Saturday (4 June) as part of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival.
Although I’m not the biggest fan of Edgar Allan Poe, this is my favourite of his tales and I did enjoy Roger Corman’s luminous film with Vincent Price as a fabulously evil Prince Prospero weaving through the dancing couples in his pursuit of the red masked figure. I’m really looking forward to the screening at Stoke Newington Town Hall, surrounded by Poe memorabilia… and other dark things.
Hooray! after months of being absorbed by J.M. Barrie, the Llewelyn-Davies family and the creation of Peter Pan, I’ve finally finished my new Neverland wallpaper design. Here are some of the cut-paper characters that feature in it. Everything has been hand-cut by a scalpel… it’s like drawing with a knife. This week I’m finalising the colourways so the paper should be ready by next month.
Петя и волк
April 4, 2011
back from 10 days in Georgia and Armenia. Tsminda Sameba, up by the Russian border, is the most fairytale of the churches I saw and it was an amazing day to walk up to it… in the sunshine with fresh deep snow …
Scrooge poster for the flicker club
December 28, 2010
This is my poster design for the flicker club’s screening of Scrooge. I was sad to have missed the film (due to all the Devon snow) and Tom Hollander reading the first chapter of Dickens’ essential Christmas tale – but I’m looking forward to more flicker club events in 2011.
This week I’ve spent some time at UWE in Bristol learning about lasercutting. Here are two cut-paper wolf baubles that I’ll be selling from my website. Both are designs that I cut by hand – but at the moment lasercutting enables me to make a series of them. Maybe I’ll work towards using the method to create something that couldn’t be done by hand …like working into fabric, acrylic or wood?
Wolf and Chandeliers bauble (5cm diam)
Wolf in Woods bauble (10cm diam)
New Beer Print
August 12, 2010
Today is Regatta Day in Beer – the whole village is down the beach and here are some of the amazing rafts that raced this afternoon…
This week I’ve been screenprinting Beer Beach images especially for Devon Open Studios in September. My friend and fellow printmaker Catherine Cartwright and I will be showing our work in the village from 4 – 19 September at The Bomb Shelter next to the Barrel O’ Beer pub.