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Sunday, 24 April 2016

RSPB, Puffin Badge - 10 Year Long Service Award - for Volunteering

Puffin, 10 Year RSPB Volunteer Badge

I was volunteering for the RSPB last Saturday and was presented with my special Puffin Badge because I have been a volunteer for 10 years. It sounds like a long time I suppose and I can't believe it has gone so quickly. Because I work full-time I always volunteer at weekends and it can be quite sporadic - especially if I have book project on or am busy with my artwork - weekends are the only free time I have. I also got a badge after 5 years - a swift - below. 

Swift, 5 Year RSPB Volunteer Badge 
I will now be very proud to wear my 2 badges the next time I volunteer - which I hope is soon - I enjoy it very much and am glad to be able to make a contribution in this way for lovely birds & wildlife :-)

Swif t& Puffin,RSPB Volunteer Badges

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Blackbird Rubber Stamp

Blackbird, First Stamps
I originally made a Blackbird Rubber Stamp in 2010. It was the first stamp I ever made. It was carved in very soft rubber and is getting a bit 'tired' so I decided to redo it. I was a little apprehensive - it was very small - about 2cm wide - and I wasn't sure if I had beginners luck in getting right first time. I used Speedball Speedy-Carve this time - the original stamp was made with a Molin eraser which as I said was quite soft.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Offering - Artists Book, In Remembrance of Bombing - Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, 2007

Offering Front of Book
Offering - Front of Book

Another post I have wanted to do for a long time. Coming up to the anniversary of this event I've finally got round to doing it.  Below is the description of the project taken from UWE Website.

"Twenty six people from the USA and the UK were asked to make personal contributions to this artist's book, organised by Angie Butler and Natalie McGrorty. Each artist involved in the collaboration was supplied with the name of an individual who was killed in the 2007 car bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, to whom their work would be dedicated. These names were provided by an Iraqi refugee, Mousa Al-Naseri, who was working at the time of the bombing as a sales representative for a large stationery company in Baghdad. Mousa walked Al-Mutanabbi Street several times a week taking orders from bookstores and stationery shops. He came to know many of those on this list personally. His brother, who still has a stationery shop on Al-Mutanabbi Street, also helped to compile the list. The majority of those killed were married, with children. Others who were killed and wounded but not on the list, were most likely to have been there, picking up a book."

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Copper Plate Etching, Twinkle, twinkle Little Bat!

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!

I have wanted to do a bat image for some time now.  I have always loved bats and finally got round to joining the Bat Conservation Trust in 2014.  I did in an evening class in Cardiff Print Workshop in September 2015 so decided to make a copper plate etching of a bat. I wanted to use some text to go with it and for a while could not think of anything. Then I remembered one of my favourite bits from Alice In Wonderland when the Mad Hatter sings "Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!". 

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Cardiff Gulls, Night Roost


Every evening I see the gulls flying down the Taff. I've been wondering for years where they go to sleep at night - I have heard it is usually a large body of water - well I finally found out. They have a large roost in Cardiff Bay. It was lovely to see them all here grouped together. As expected there were plenty petty squabbles and jostling for the best place :-)  I have seen gulls at this location before, but this was the largest gathering. It was a particularly cold January evening but they never seem bothered by the cold or the rain. Hard as nails :-)



Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Etsy Pop Up Shop Cardiff, Cardiff & Valleys Etsy Group

Etsy Pop Up Shop Cardiff, Cardiff & Valleys Etsy

Last week I visited the lovely Etsy Pop Up Shop in the Capitol Centre Cardiff. This has been organised by the wonderful Cardiff & Valleys Etsy Group They have done an amazing job with this space with help from the Capitol Centre who provided display cabinets. It is filled with beautiful handmade goods - all made here in Wales.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Making Friends With Your Adana Press, UWE Bristol, Part 2

Hazard Press, Jeremy Dixon
Jeremy Dixon, Hazard Press - First Print from Adana Press

I have been meaning to do this follow up post for a while. I just wanted to show a few photos of some of the work that was made on the Making Friends With Your Adana Press course at CFPR, UWE Bristol. Just waiting for them to post the courses that they will be running next year so I can choose which one to do :-)

Above and below is the work of Jeremy Dixon and  also below is Lucy Guenot and Mavina Baker. I have included links to ther lovely websites/blogs so you can check out all their beautiful work :-) Just click on their names above.


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