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International Print Exchange 2018 and New York screen-print

After spending most of the summer on crutches and away from the print workshop, I got back in to the workshop in time to do a print for the annual International print exchange (IPE) run by the Greendoor print workshops in Derby. This is now the 5th time I have entered a print in to this exchange.

The print I entered was a cross section of a larger print I had completed at the beginning of the year called New York #5. New York #5 was a print I had played around with to enter the RA summer show exhibition (unfortunately, It did not make the final cut). It is a large screen-print, roughly about A1 size with 9 layers of colour. I have printed one main edition (25) and several colour variations in two print editions. It was a lot of fun printing a cityscape, the first one I have done in a long time.

The fun part about the IPE is always getting the prints that have been sent to you through the post and opening it up to see what you have received. This year there were 236 artists involved from 22 countries. I received prints from Japan, Poland, India, USA and the UK.

 

International Print Exchange 2016

One of my favorite events each year is to get involved with Green Door Printmaking Studio‘s International Print Exchange (IPE).
This year my contribution was a small 2 colored screen-print entitled ‘donald’. Last week was the opening of the exhibition of 189 printmakers work from 23 different countries, so if you are in the Derby area please check it out!

One of the best things about the exchange is getting your box of prints delivered through the post and getting a variety of different prints and styles from other artists around the world. This year I got prints from Amanda Lawler (aus), Fiona Mill (uk), Harriet Brigdale (uk),Vivian Kersey (uk), Suzan Ehtiati (iran), Kheria Masoumeh (iran), Emma Jane Lawton (spain) and Penelope Stewart (canada).

 

Textile Pattern Print Jan 2016

I used this same pattern for the screen-printed deck chair I contributed MMU’s school of art RHS flower show stand in the summer.

I wanted to screen-print the pattern on to a length of fabric so I could use the material for some other projects I have in mind. Usually I am a paper printer foremost, so it was new experience setting up the material (a heavy cotton/satin) on to the table and registering a repeat pattern for 10-metre length print.

This time I chose a more subtle colour scheme (blue theme), using the pigment binder to thin down the colour to a very pale version of the original dark blue.

Below: pictures of setting up, progress and printing in action.

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Summer 2015: Deckchairs@ RHS flower show Tatton Park.

It has been a quiet summer for me printmaking wise, due to a sporting accident that led to surgery on my thumb. Very frustrating as it has hampered my ability to do as much printmaking as I would have liked.

One project I worked on alongside fellow colleagues from the school of art in Manchester was to create a unique deckchair design (using old disused deckchairs) for a display at the RHS flower show at Tatton Park.

I decided in my usual manner to go for something, which would ‘stand out’ which meant bold, bright and vibrant! Using a basic pattern repeated, i printed a bright red fluro ink fading in to lighter tones on to a heavy canvas, which i then attached to the deckchair frame. Check out the pics below!

a couple of links with some more info about MMU school of art @The RHS flower show.

http://www.aboutmanchester.co.uk/latest/tatton-stories-deckchairs-and-invisible-sheds/

http://www.mmu.ac.uk/news/news-items/3662/