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Maps II

I’ve been really busy this week, but I’m not sure how much I have to show for it. I’ve printed the first proofs of the three A2 plates I posted about last week, but mainly I’ve been diving in to origami. And that has been causing me to reconsider the J11D project. Images and things are probably going to be a bit thin on the ground until the end of term as all this work is large and requires an A1 folio to cart it about; something London’s public transport isn’t very keen on. Read the rest of this entry »

Cobbles III

Going back to the beginning; round things in a square. Here are twelve pages from a sketch book. How does the circle, the pebble sit in the square? Quantity, proportions and placement.

Next time more of an analysis of what might work and what doesn’t.



squaring the circle, and the rule of thirds


more rule of thirds, but also contrast and control


the dreaded juxtaposition concept


dead centre is boring, and also size and proportions, how does that work?


are you trying to say something with this pair in contrast?


I do seem to like red pebbles, and a graphic stylee


or you could have only parts of a pebble


why are they all at the edge mummy?


now you’re just trying to be clever


sets of things, and the rule of thirds


mix things up, variation is good


definitly time for a tea break

Cobbles II



blotted solvent print with blank block and masks

I’m not sure if you’d call this making progress or its just eliminating wrong turnings.  Read the rest of this entry »

Cobbles I

A couple of weeks ago I was waffling on about my summer printing plans, and here we are. Over the easter Break I made a couple of plates and launched back into term with some experimentation. Some more successful than others. Read the rest of this entry »

Magic Squares?

This post will definitely make more sense when i’ve posted last week’s exciting episode.
Hopefully… Read the rest of this entry »

Making Stars

New term, new opportunities in the print studio. After last years buzzing around chasing butterflies, I would like to settle down and produce something a little more coherent. Last year was a good foundation, but now I would like to go back and pick up some of my dropped stitches and see where they take me.

Enough mixed metaphors. Andiamo! Read the rest of this entry »

Growth and Form

A couple of ideas have come together to make this project something special.

Firstly, I was thinking about Spring and Green and remembered the phrase from the very end of ‘The origin of species’, by C. Darwin.

It is interesting to contemplate tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth,

And then I was looking through some books on Bookbinding and came across something called a meander book, where you make a little book by cutting into one sheet of paper and then folding it up. The spreads of the book occupy different parts of the single page.

Putting these two ideas together would give me a series of related images where I could explore the ecology of darwin bank. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Green – preliminary work

So I had the first idea for a suite of plates: Green ink and plants. But what kind of plants and what kind of drawing? Here are some prints investigating the tools of dry point and the subject matter. Read the rest of this entry »

Samples 3 – Solvents

Subtractive Monotypes are made by removing the ink from a relief plate selectively after the plate has been uniformly inked.

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Samples 3 – Origami

Intaglio printing is all about subtle changes in hight within the plate were you can trap ink. Some origami forms have a great variation in the number of layers across the finished piece. The experiment I did here was with the Pinwheel tessellation. (not technically origami as you have to cut the paper to get the effect.) Looking for a link for you I’ve discovered lots of different Pinwheels so… confusion. Read the rest of this entry »