Sunday, 31 July 2016

MA Printmaking

Guess what, blog lovers? I just found out I've got an unconditional offer to the MA Printmaking at Middlesex University. Raaaaaaah! Victory at last!

After initial euphoria, came the panic about finding the money. Some enterprising people have set up crowdfunding on Hubbub and the like, I think this is quite bold, I don't really have the cojones to ask total strangers to pay for my degree.

So it's off to the library to research charities and trusts.

And maybe I should start trying to actually, you know, sell what I've made in order to fund this adventure...

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Come on, brain

Here are some of the opportunities which I’ve let slide in the past few months, because I just can’t even, at the moment…

Made little print fanzines for the new Maker’s Library, part of a new British Council initiative, at ELP.

Exhibited in Mile End Art Pavilion on the theme of A New Home (refugee themed show)

Exhibited in Roman Road for a ‘Generations’  themed exhibition

Just Got Made exhibition at Somerset House

Sublet at the print studio

Failed to apply for residencies at ELP and the print studio in City Lit (free use of space in return for teaching sessions)

I had a beautiful dream yesterday, that I was flicking through my sketchpad, I hadn’t thought they were very good but they were all miraculously wonderful, like looking at someone else’s work almost.  They were oil pastel, which is weird, something I never use. And just everyday scenes, (though the scenes in my dream were in fact quite odd, adult rated and kinky, featuring ironwork fetish jewellery, and orgies in a swimming pool.)

It was a bit disappointing waking up and realising my new found artistic genius was illusory.

What does it mean? It means I need to get my arse in gear, it’s not going to happen by itself.

Sunday, 27 December 2015


Started this last year, finally finished it!

A calendar of Fabulous Beasts in linocut, one for each month. 

Print it off and make your own, knock yourself out.

The bull is my favourite, the squirrel the least. He was meant to be quirky but came out looking more evil, like the Joker in Batman. The randomness of printing. 

Saturday, 22 August 2015


We had our first collective meet up in Epping Forest. I've been meaning to go for the 8 (wow) years I've lived in East London. It is beautiful, but surrounded by very busy roads, so not really much like a real forest. I appear to have lost the sketchbook, so these are all that remain.

We also now have a name for our collective, hurrah! I will reveal it shortly, when we actually do something. 

Tree trunks

Water in the lake. Water is tricky.

plant skeleton

Nature does it much better.

Monday, 10 August 2015


We have found a studio share.  I can't believe it, as it's hard to find/afford them, especially in Central London (this is Makespace studios in Waterloo).

When I say studio share, I really mean sublet, as we're sharing the space with two others, a composer/musician and a painter. They'll use it in the week and we'll use it in the evenings and at weekends. Our little corner is small, but it's a start.

And hopefully, if another one comes up in the same complex, we'll be able to get one to ourselves.

So far, we didn't have a desk to work on, so we've been renting but not using the space. Wei managed to get a desk there this weekend, the hero, so now I must get into a routine of going. Very luckily for me, it's a 15 minute walk from work.

It all has started to happen around Southwark.   I've started working there; our studio is 15 minutes away; Intaglio Printmakers is 5 minutes away, the most essential & professional printmaking shop in London, if not the UK.  

I've also signed up to do etching with an artist I really admire at the Art Academy in Borough. They have an open access studio with presses, so potentially I can go our studio and prepare work, then print it up on the presses at the Art Academy on weekends.

London is magnificent like that.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


I meant to blog about each class in detail, but time has raced past recently. Soz.

Now we're at the end, so I will just post the end product and be done with it.

 It is not up to the standard of my heroes (Posy Simmonds, Jaime Hernandez, Marjane Satrapi, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave McKean, to name but a few),clearly it's not even close, but it's a start.

(In fact, my new job has given me an idea for a big graphic novel project, which I think is genuinely original and based on an aspect of London that hasn't been told. But I can see it could easily take years to achieve. Baby steps... )

We learned so much and Emily was a great teacher. There's a lot more to the art of comics than you'd imagine from a quick glance, and some of it reminded me of literary theory back in the day at college - especially this fascinating book by Scott McCloud (his book The Sculptor is also on my wishlist.)

We also discovered the joys of Bristol board and dip ink pens. It took me a while to get used to the dip pen, which you can see in all the splots and splashes. But it explains how comic book artists achieve all those beautiful expressive lines.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

E17 Arts Trail

More about the Graphic Novel course. soon.

Meanwhile.... I sold some prints on the E17 Arts Trail! Hurrah!

The show was themed on Favourite Words. It was on at the curator Katja's flat for the past two weeks.

It then moves on to the Leytonstone Arts Trail, to a new cafe/bookshop called All You Read is Love. 

Then it will move to Moka East cafe in the Olympic park. 

 Some people liked my beasts!

I can't find the catalogue online, but here was my text to accompany the print:

The Lama

 The one-l lama,
 He's a priest.
 The two-l llama,
 He's a beast.
 And I will bet
 A silk pajama
 There isn't any
 Three-l lllama.

Ogden Nash

PS, these aren't llamas, they are alpacas.