Hepworth Print Fair 2018

So the snow abated and the show went ahead, a little later than planned but better late than never.

First Impressions

I visited on Friday, and first impressions were it seemed like there were fewer stalls than usual, perhaps the change in date.

There also seemed more craft and more poster style art than in the 2 previous years I have visited.

Highlights –

Kathryn Desforges

Yep stunning isn’t it!

Check out her FB Page :

https://www.facebook.com/kathryndesforgesprints/

Work by Australian Artist Printmaker Danielle Creenaune.

https://www.facebook.com/daniellecreenauneartist/

Her work is available at the lovely Staithes Studio which was also there with some beautiful work by gifted Printmakers.

So Staithes studio gets a shout out too.

Danielle is also giving an artist talk and workshop at WYPW early April. Below is a link to WYPW blog page about her – do read.

Danielle Creenaune

WYPW stand was next to Kathryn and doing very good trade. I’m looking forward to joining in some workshops there soon.

REVEAL Printmakers we’re looking great too. Fantastic variety and ever increasing quality, at exceptionally good prices too. A very talented group of artists who’s exhibitions I always enjoy visiting. Well done ladies!

Finally, Isobel Walker, who’s work I’d managed to miss up till now despite her presence at printfest. I fell in love with her work, beautiful circles and mark making combined with blind printing and both collagraph, monotype and etching. Ethereal images.

There were many more fabulous stalls but these were my top 5. If you also went leave a shout out for your fave in the comments.

Graduation – a proud moment.

I’m feeling extremely proud of myself. I have completed the 3 year Complete Printmaker Course run by Sean Rorke and the Hot Bed Press staff. It’s been both hard work, and emensely enjoyable. Significantly, I now have a new family of printmakers, many of whom have become firm friends and form a invaluable support group for me. Most noteworthy is the excellent technical support provided. The technicians continually expand their knowledge and skills.

Consequently, I feel that I can continue my printmaking experiments, increase my skills and develop my creative practice.  Hot Bed Press open access studio will continue to play a significant role in my growth as an artist.  Hence I can highly recommend all the courses, of which there are many, organised and run by Hot Bed Press.

A word or 2 from Sean

Kaye consistently invents new ways of creating organic and expressive marks through printmaking. Her work can be read as abstract compositions or an individual interpretation of cell structures and microbiology. They draw you into a whole other world, full of colour, form and life itself.
Sean Rorke – Artistic Director – Hot Bed Press, Salford

Certificate of Completion
3 Years of ‘The Complete Printmaker Course’ run by Hot Bed Press – Cow Lane Salford.

Experiments with Tyvek (2)

Tyvek Sculpture

I have spent many hours experimenting with Tyvek, and here is a very small section of the outcome.

What is Tyvek?

Tyvek is s polyethylene sheeting available in various gms weights between 40gsm and 105gms mainly for paper. The material version seems to just be thicker again and usually more textured too. It can be expensive to buy from a craft supplier.  Parcel and packaging companies use this material for their products.  So I discovered that old packaging is a free source of this material.

What is especially significant about this material’s  properties for me is the way it reacts to heat. Initially, I cut the tyvek into strips and rings.

Tyvek ribbons of cells

Then, by closely floating a hot iron over the top of the tyvek pieces, whilst it is sandwiched between  2 sheets of baking paper, I found it resulted in its transformation. As it warmed and melted it creates bubble and ‘cell’ like surface. Further heat can distress it, resulting in holes developing.
Examples below

Printmaking and Tyvek

These beautiful structures lent themselves to the possibility of printing as collagraphs or monotypes.

Print of tyvek cellular structure
Print of tyvek cellular structure
Blind print of tyvek cellular structure
Blind print of tyvek cellular structure