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A NEW ADDITION - AND A NEW EDITION!

I couldn't resist this beautiful baby Albion press when I saw it advertised. It involved a trip to Edinburgh to collect it, and it's now having a thorough MOT courtesy of my husband (who was heard to say "The damned things are breeding"). No such thing as too many presses!

Too large for the little Albion, my latest block 'Artchoke' prints happily on the Imperial, and I'm delighted that it has already been selected for two major shows this autumn; the Society of Wood Engravers' 78th Annual Exhibition and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers' 'Masters' show.

 

A lot has happened since my last entry. In November I had the honour of taking over as Chair of the Society of Wood Engravers, and with the help of a very supportive committee a number of exciting new projects are in the pipeline.

I was also invited to take part in a group show at the newly opened David Simon Contemporary Gallery in Bath, www.davidsimoncontemporary.com ,  a lovely venue.

The February issue of 'Artists and Illustrators' included a feature on me and my studio, a chance to show off my much-loved Imperial press!

A New Year's trip to the Cornish coast provided lots of inspiration for the next engraving in my 'uninvited guests' series, and I have a new commission for a book with a subject close to my heart!

Certainly enough to be getting on with!


 

I'm delighted to report that my engraving 'The Drying Room' has been selected for the National Original Print Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London, in September. This one has proved to be very popular; the subject is the drying room or 'sechoir' of the wonderful Moulin du Verger near Angouleme in France, where beautiful paper has been made by hand since the sixteenth century.


 

Another two engravings are completed for the Peak Prints project (see below); the magnificent Celtic cross is in the churchyard in Eyam, the so-called ‘Plague village’, where the inhabitants heroically isolated themselves to check the spread of the deadly disease, and the subject matter of ‘Spring Song’ I hope speaks for itself.

Eyam CrossSpring Song

The prints by all contributing artist are now being framed, ready for the opening of the touring exhibition in April. Check out http://www.woodengravers.co.uk/peak_prints.html for further details and a list of venues.


Bakewell Stones

A Sense of Place; The Peak Prints Project

I'm delighted to say that I have been invited to produce work for this exciting project which will bring wood engraving to the Peak District. My first engraving takes as its subject the amazing carved Saxon stones in the porch of Bakewell church, with more carved stones and dry stone walls to follow. I'll be showing more work in the coming months, and for further details of the project take a look at http://www.woodengravers.co.uk/peak_prints.html