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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.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Making Friends With Your Adana Press, UWE Bristol

Adana Press

I attended Making Friends With Your Adana Press  at the CFPR, UWE Bristol on the 2nd & 3rd of July.  I do not own an Adana Press but have been toying with the idea.  All of the other participants brought their lovely Adana's with them. I suppose even if I did have one I couldn't have brought it because I came on the train! The course was led by the Lovely Angie Butler and her husband Si - and there was a lovely Adana there ready for me to use (above).

Monday, 23 February 2015

There's No Such Thing As Seagulls, Work In Progress & Finished Book - Personal Histories Exhibition

There's No Such Thing As Seagulls, Finished Book

This book was made for the Personal Histories Exhibition. It was not the book I first intended to make  - I was going to use the Twinkle Story - however, I just could not make this book work. I wanted it to have a glossy cover but could not get any paper that satisfied all my requirements i.e. the look and the feel, printed well, and could withstand a bit of man handling (!) when gluing and using the bone folder. I was disappointed, I thought I wouldn't be able to take part, but one morning (lying in bed!) the idea for a new book came to me - it came from this blog post about one of my typewriter ramblings

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Robin, Rubber Stamp Print

I've been thinking about making a Robin print for a long time and had a few requests for one.  After a visit to the Eden Project in Cornwall I was inspired again to make one and more importantly finally got round to doing it.


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