16 October 2011

Etsy shop open!

I'm back! I'm sorry I haven't updated on here in a while but between finding job and moving house Ive been a bit behind on the creative front but In the last month I have been working on some new work which I am very excited about! Also I am please to announce my Etsy shop is now open! Take a little look around! (if there is not something on there that you have seen on this blog please do not hesitate to contact me). I will be back to update new work very shortly!

2 August 2011

Better late than never.... DEGREE SHOW!

'The Fox & The Crow' etching series

Having loved doing and making 'The Hare & the Tortoise' book of etchings so much, I really wanted to illustrate another favourite fable of mine 'The Fox & the Crow'. The story is about a lovely crow who finds a piece of cheese, but is tricked by the fox through flattery who then eats it all up! The story is one that has a pretty useless moral ('dont trust flatterers') and is silly but I think that is what makes it fun! Its good to have a bit of silliness in you! The story is a 10- part series of etchings on 'natural' Hahnemuhle paper and contain both aquatint and Chine Colle processes. (selected examples below)


5 July 2011

Letterpress in progress... for new book!

With the title page for 'The Fox & The Crow' I wanted to incorporate the same design that would also be blind embossed onto the front cover of the book. After much speculating on what the design should look like, I settled on a simple silhouette of the two main characters engaging with one another - I think it provides an inviting element into the story. In order to incorporate the design into the letterpress method, I used flexoplate and stuck it on a cut out block of mdf so that it could fit in and lock up on the vandercrook (machine) with the rest of the typeface quite nicely. After many attempts and constant adjusting of the paper pressure I finally produced some successful prints! (phew!)

Flora Mclachlan - Printmaker

I just love the work of Flora Mclachlan at the moment- her etchings illustrate dream-like narratives that exist within the nature of our woodlands, showing us the beauty of unseen things. Her work is so magical i'm finding it hard to resist buying at least one of her prints!
'Humming of Bees'

'Moon Wood'

'In The Wood'

''Shelter From Grey Weather'

24 June 2011

'Little Red Riding Hood' sketches

These are just a few rough sketches I did for ' Little Red Riding Hood' - I never completed the story as I decided to change narrative early on to something that was not as widely-known ... but I would like to get back to continuing on and completing it one day!  

9 June 2011

My first letterpress

snow snow snow

I wanted to see what aquatint would look like on black Somerset paper, printed with white ink so I did a few little experiments with a couple of the plates from the Hare & the Tortoise to see how it would turn out. I actually quite like them! The white areas make the landscape look all snowy and wintery, sparking the idea of limited edition prints, maybe even as a christmas special!

8 June 2011

'The Hare & The Tortoise' etchings

A series of printed illustrations for one of my favourite short stories, 'The Hare & The Tortoise'.  Hope you like! 

19 April 2011

Mister Hare.

I absolutly Love Hares! I love their big boggling eyes and giant ears - they look fascinatingly weird!   

rhyme tyme!