Thursday, 18 April 2013

Submission for Letterpress Project's International Artist Book

Monoprint from the series I did recently based on windows of a neglected building. The remains of decals combined with reflections fascinated me. More about these monoprints in my previous blog entry. 

I'm sending this one off to the Letterpress Project, hopefully to be included in an International Artist Book.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Reflections on Breeze Blocks

Some time back I parked by the window of an industrial building that had been bricked up inside.

The layering of breeze blocks and mortar with the remains of decals on the windows and reflections on the glass created lovely, almost abstract, images. The old windows framed the images into triptychs and focusing in on sections made them even more abstract.

Some parts of my first lino print from these windows  were more successful than others. The three smaller sections along the bottom of the print are the most interesting, as they were in the actual windows too.

I've continued to play around with these images, shapes and layers, having lots of fun and ending up with some mono-prints that I'm quite excited by. 

There's nothing like a bit of neglected building for some inspiration!

Monday, 1 April 2013

Thinking of Home

This screen print is based on my dad. He was a plumber by trade. I started out with a photo I took of an apartment block. I'd been playing around with this photo and came up with the background image that reminded me of plumbing systems.

The main image is from a photo of dad's national service days, a time that he remembered fondly. I guess it was a time of growing up and leaving home. 

The image in the bottom left hand corner of 'Thinking of Home' is taken from a Chinese stamp. He always maintained that he was conceived in China whilst his father was stationed there.

He always encouraged my love of stamps with their mini art-works and yes, I confess, I still have my stamp hoard. Rummaging through recently I found a Chinese one bearing the flag, loved the simplicity of the image and the link to the China conception story and used it to complete the print.