The exhibition for the fifth annual Hebden Bridge Print Fair was a mixed exhibition in Hebden Bridge Townhall with contributions from most of the stall holders. My work featured turtles, jellyfish and David Attenborough in linocut.
'Rift' was a collective exhibition by the studio holders at Northlight Art Studios in June 2019, Hebden Bridge, as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.
In March, together with the more advanced printmakers in my print classes at Northlight Art Studios, we put on 'Impressed', a collective exhibition to celebrate the array of printmaking that goes on here. It was a great success, the opening night was buzzing and everyone made multiple sales. I decided to make some long thin prints based on migratory species. They are of swallows and grey whales and have a background layer of maps that show their long journeys.
Well it's been a while since I blogged so I thought I would review my artistic year in a few blog posts...
Starting with the Robot Invasion we had at Northlight Art Studios as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Myself and Katch Skinner have a habit of organising free drop-in workshops and this year we planned a few robot related activities, until in the end we did in fact have a robot invasion! Take a look:
A drop in arts workshop creating a homage to Monet's garden in cardboard, paint and origami. You could make your own miniature Monet's garden in a paper plate or design and print your own pond dwelling creature, using lino or foam for relief printing. A very creative weekend was had by many. Here are some photos to show a glimpse of what went on...
I thoroughly enjoy teaching some of the Young Northlighters classes (age 9 -15) and when we were asked if the group would decorate one of the trees in the Hebden Bridge Tree Trail,as part of the Arts Festival, the kids were keen and myself and Katch Skinner decided we would do the project with them together.
So the first job was to go and look at the tree we had been allocated:
So Spirals Shop in Hebden Bridge invited me to be part of a group exhibition entitled Summer Days. I decided I would do some new work responding to the brief and wanted to create a series of prints based on migrating species in the UK. My series is called Summer Visitors.
'Swifts. Summer Visitors'
Generally I prefer Bridges to Walls but I couldn't refuse when the National Trust at Hardcastle Crags asked me if I would decorate a wall in their cafe with my artwork. The reason for this is to advertise the fact that their shop at Gibson Mill will soon be selling a range of my products. They will be selling my woodpecker, owl, squirrel and fox ranges as well as my Hardcastle Crags collection. So here's part of the finished wall:
Sometimes I can't believe I live in this beautiful valley. Hardcastle Crags is just a mile upstream. These last few weeks I have been working there, installing what we could call a 'Wildlife Wall', in the cafe at Gibson Mill. So some of my days have been surrounded by carpets upon carpets of bluebells, dappled sun, soft breezes and rushing water, dipper flashes, woodpecker sightings and birdsong galore. Here are some photos so you might understand a bit....