I wrote in my last blog that I attended this 1-1 experience on Monday with Fiona Holmes who is a professional linocut artist and printer, at The Art Room in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.
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What a treat it was for me for 2.5 hours, and here you can see the fruits of my labour!
Being a very experienced workshop leader, Fiona first explained what reduction printing is all about and the design and print process that I would be following, considering the paper and ink colours that I’d like to use.
For one colour linocut beginners like me, these were her basic guidelines:
The lightest colour is first done on white block.
Cut away what you want to stay white.
Ink plate again with next lightest colour.
Print it. I produced 10 prints.
Make sure you define the dark lines around the items.
Print again with black ink.
Few second video (below) that Fiona took of me carefully peeling away my print.
I’m sure, for one colour linocut printers out there, you will have questions to ask me or Fiona directly to take you to this reduction printing stage in your design process. For your information, Fiona will be doing online videos. Her contact details are here again for you below. Her style is unique and I love her nature and wildlife prints!
Thank you so much Fiona for your masterly class in reduction printing, I SO enjoyed it!
In addition, I thought I’d show you my latest print produced with different inks of my January design of Wollaton Hall & Deer Park.
I’ll be experimenting more with inks and papers over the following weeks/months and producing new designs for both one colour and two colours.
Think and act creatively. Get your crafting skills to the fore and stock up with your cutting and printing items. There are so many brilliant YouTube tutorials out there and do please get in touch with Fiona to ask questions if you decide to embark on this craft and need more guidelines before purchasing any beginners’ lino cut printing sets or materials.
Above all, have FUN, like I did!
During these anxious times, the need to write or blog, podcast and make art & craft as calming therapy at home is even more compelling, so I’m continuing to do so and hope you are or will too.
Anyone local who NEEDS help or those who wish to OFFER their help during COVID-19, please contact our Beeston & Chilwell community Facebook site Beeston Chilwell Area Mutual Aid Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/262907364704981/
Saturday 7th March
Nottingham Health & Well Being Show at Jubilee Conference Centre 7-8 March. I attended this 10.00-12.00 and was well impressed - the exhibitors, the location, meeting and talking with Liz & Ian of http://www.lizianevents.com/ . Liz personally took me around the two exhibition spaces where she kindly introduced me to individual exhibitors. Spaces and workshop/lecture rooms were being utilised extremely well. By the time I left, the spaces were buzzing. In the future ACT looks forward to collaborating with Liz and Ian on creative health & well-being projects. In the meantime please look up these exhibitors and see how they can help you by studying their websites, emailing them for assistance and listening to their podcasts. https://lizianevents.org/nottingham-well-being-show/
“Health and well being is your No. 1 in life, as when you are ill you cannot look after your family and loved ones” my father kept repeating to me as I was growing up.
Tuesday 10th March
10.30-12.00 D2N2 Growth Hub 1-1 meeting with Richard Crowden at Broxtowe Borough Council offices in Beeston. This was a very welcome update with Richard advising me about ACT’s next growth steps, especially investment & funding and hence recruitment. Our services have developed excellently over the last six years with all proof on our website and archives. I will complete our What we Do / Consulting section soon. https://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/
Our local Beeston Rylands internet goes down causing inconvenience to hundreds of homeowners and businesses. As a result I went into Beeston coffee shops like Green Hood coffee house and Beeston Library to access the internet and carry out valued communications.
Thursday 12th March
PM announces ‘delay’ method for COVID-19.
Friday 13th March
ACT Group catchup calls with Inna Schutts and Dawn Lindson.
Saturday 14th March
10.15 - 12.00 Attended Nottingham Print Fair Contemporary and then to my InterNations group lunch - please read my previous blog about this 15.3.20.
Sunday 15th March
11.00-12.00 Exhibition by Mat Collishaw at Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts University Park (proposed run until 7 June 2020, now cancelled). This was awesome and I’ll be posting my blog & photos about it this week.
Thank goodness, the Internet is now up and running again. 6 days without; apparently a BT cable was accidentally cut through and engineers finally renewed connection.
Monday 16th March
11.00-13.30 Had a wonderful 1-1 tuition on Reduction linocut printing at Long Eaton Art Room by the lovely Fiona Holmes known as www.minifis-oddities.myshopify.com I will be writing my blog about this during the week with photos of my 2-colour linocut prints and creative development process. http://www.longeatonartroom.co.uk/
Stay safe and stay strong in mind. Think and act creatively at home.
Anyone who NEEDS help or those who wish to OFFER their help during Covid-19, please contact our Beeston & Chilwell community Facebook site Beeston Chilwell Area Mutual Aid Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/262907364704981/
I visited Nottingham Contemporary yesterday morning Sat 14th March and really experienced an inspiring few hours downstairs, with over 30 stalls by independent artists, designers and collectives from the city and all over the UK. It continues today Sunday from 11am to 5pm so I really recommend you to go visit if you have the chance.
Talking to several exhibitors I discovered many were from Scotland, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. This is Contemporary’s first Print Fair and I predict they will repeat it annually over the following years.
Above are photos of a number of artists and print makers I spoke to. Those I spoke at length to were Nancy Powers (Original hand-printed lino cuts), Leicester Print Workshop, Canadian Geri Coady (Geri Draws Japan), Peter Knight of The Common Press, Crich, Benjamin at Dizzy Ink now at The Carousel 25 Hockley, and Todd Allan Stewart, Montreal Illustrator currently visiting from Dundee for this print fair.
I treated myself to this fantastic print of Montreal street (above) by Todd Stewart
toddallanstewart.com Wow! I love your artwork and printmaking Todd. Wonderful to talk with you and about your creative journey from Winnipeg to Montreal to Dundee. Being a qualified architect and urban planning expert, which I have just discovered about you this morning from your website, I now see how you have become a master illustrator of children’s books and editorial. As said to you, I hope you enjoy walking around and looking up at our fantastic city centre & Lace Market architecture tomorrow morning. Being an art tourism expert and promoter, I would love to know how our architecture affects and inspires you.
I’m also currently writing a series of small children’s books (already recorded as diaries with photographs) - The Adventures of Tag and Miss Zippy - based on Tag, my English wire haired fox terrier (with sticky up ears like Tin Tin’s Snowy) and our explorations and adventures together in regional areas of England and Wales. So they will also become small tourism aids for each visited area. See my framed photo below with representational fine painting (actual) by Daniel Rose in pocket fob and my 'bible' Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2020.
At 12.00 I ambled down to another Wow! venue - https://www.yamas.co.uk/ on Thurland Street, Nottingham - to meet up with my InterNations group for superb Greek traditional Tapas & Meze. After two hours there and upon leaving, the restaurant was packed out and people queuing at the door to be seated. I thoroughly recommend this place for superb food and service. Bravo Yamas! Such an enjoyable lunch with international friends who had travelled from Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.
At 2.00 pm, I drove back home to Beeston and rested reflecting on what an awesome morning I had experienced.
I've created new developments to my GARDEN ART front and back. You can see how my garden developed 2014 to 2019 under our More... Events and scroll down, on our artculturetourism.co.uk website.
At the end of February my front patch was changed from wild flowers area (of 5 years) with ground cover being copied to match the sandy coloured pebbling of my back garden. Existing lavenders, pulmonaria, cyclamen and other perennials remain in place as you can see.
In my back garden the seven year old lavenders had got too woody so are being gradually replaced with new ones continuing with the same and different species. All existing perennials and roses are growing well and being cared for. New roses are being added this month. I do like moving shrubs and perennials around if their current location doesn't suit them and re-arranging the garden colour palette to my taste.
Nature is my inspiration for my writing and blogging as well as my own art. My creative development embraces my sense of place and identity. The wild life visiting my garden increases in harmony year by year. Over the last six years, Art Culture Tourism has been evolving organically to keep in tune with nature, health and well-being.
Last Tuesday 25th February saw myself and our ACT Team - Caron Lyon PCM creative, Inna Schutts and Dawn Lindson - launch our first 2020 podcast, and what an enjoyable and enthusiastic production it was!
Led by Caron, who is our podcasting and ‘extending the audience’ guru, we all met up at 10.00 am at The Bean upstairs, 1 Stoney Street, Beeston,
to set up the laptop microphone to catch our close chat together on all things “What’s On Local” for March. You can listen to it here on the link...
We had a lot to talk about so Caron had prepared a running order schedule with all our relevant event links to information, photos and blogs. It was a slick podcast, thank you Caron! We started off reviewing our experiences about Nottingham #LightNight 7th/8th February and then followed with what events we had selected and were attending during March.
Our special guest, John Currie, director of the Beeston Film Festival, gave a 5 minute talk about this 6th annual event 25th - 29th March. Launch night takes place on Wednesday evening 25th at The Berliner Bar, Chilwell High Road, Beeston from 7pm. ACT is a Sponsor of the BFF for Best Audience Award every year. Thank you John, you were fab!
Catch all the film session schedules and purchase tickets (only £4.00 each) on http://www.beestonfilm.com/ and Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
You can listen to the podcast here and download the Anchor.FM App to your phone. We hope you like it and please 'Like' and leave your 'Comments' after this blog - we’d really appreciate them! www.anchor.fm/artculturetourism
Our monthly Tuesday schedule for 2020 will be as follows, taking place at The Bean Upstairs, where we’ll invite you to pop in and join us as our studio audience including any of our local sponsors & contributors. Our
10-15 minute podcasts will be recorded between 10.30 - 11.00.
Tuesday 24th March
Tuesday 28th April
Tuesday 26th May
Tuesday 23rd June
Tuesday 27th October
Tuesday 24th November
Thank you everyone and let’s see how our ACT-ive audience extends and expands over the following months. We wish you to benefit from our “What’s On Local” podcasts because YOU are our best audience, and we care about you and community.
All the ACT artists and management team contribute to this blog. Press Releases, Reviews, Events and Calls to Participate are posted here too.