On Black Hill

When asked to feature just this one hill, Black Hill or Crib y Garth (Welsh) in my art, I discovered oh so many ways to respond creatively… I’m taking part in an upcoming group exhibition called “The Perfect Hill”. It will be hosted at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms in July. Do come to the private…

Getting Googled

A Google Business profile is free, yay! And it gives you or your brand an automatic pin on Google maps. Bonus, eh? I thought I’d share how this has helped my small arts business by reaching more lovely F-2-F customers. I started out as a printmaker and, after I’d renovated my 2-storey studio in 2019,…

The 100 day project – I’ll do it my way

Well, of course, everyone has to do it their way – that’s the absolute joy of it. But for some reason I’m channelling Frank Sinatra right now or is it that Sid Vicious?! 🙂 Yes, I’m quietly excited to join this beautiful band wagon for the first time. For newbies, this is a free initiative…

Riding your own waves – sustaining creative momentum

How do you manage the roller coaster ride that shapes your adventures in art-making? Perhaps it’s a bit of a presumption to ask. Perhaps you don’t have to “manage” at all. There may well be rare creatures out there who keep a very steady creative boat. If that’s you, I’d love to hear your secret!…

Sex and the… studio

What connects a New York Observer column with Georgia O’Keefe and mixed media painting? Depending on your age you probably remember “Sex and the City”, a TV sensation based on Candace Bushnell’s confessional column ? Could you forget 90s TV at its best (or worst)? Not that I’m being sensationalist – well, maybe a tad…

Our own Mr Motivator

“Why Make Art? Because you must… Because you can. Art is what it is to be human.” Introducing Seth Godin, if you haven’t already heard of him. Oh and Derrick Evans, aka Mr Motivator – but you ALL know him, right?! No, I can’t picture Seth in neon-splattered Lycra! But could someone *please* do the…

More about Mappa Marches

Our Welsh Marches touring exhibition website is live and we will be sharing flyers around arts venues and libraries in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Monmouthshire and Powys. Look out for your invitation to the exhibition opening due to be held on 21 January 2022 at Harc (Herefordshire’s Archive Centre). Mappa marches – flyer advertising touring art exhibition

In support of our Marches rivers

It’s a pleasure to be contributing to this evening of discussion and creativity in support of our rivers – Hereford Rowing Club, 7pm, 19 November.

Mappa Marches

So excited to announce that I will be co-curating a new Arts Council England (ACE) funded project in the Herefordshire area and that planning for this is underway. The idea for the project and impetus to apply for funding came from my friend Adrienne Craddock – who was incidentally my first ever tutor in printmaking…

Interview with fellow artist, Martin Truefitt-Baker

I had a lovely morning interviewing artist-printmaker Martin Truefitt-Baker in his studio in Llangattock (Llangatwg), opposite Crickhowell (Crucywel). Martin retired early from his job as an art teacher and is now a full-time artist, inspired by the stunning South Wales landscape and wildlife around him. I found out lots more about his process and how…

In the RCA open exhibition – YAY!

As some of you may know, I started to paint during our first lockdown. Having spent 4 years focussed on drawing and printmaking, I think I needed to challenge myself and expand my skills set. Most afternoons after homeschooling my 2 kids, I began to experiment, and have been combining painting with printmaking techniques too….

Etsyshop and Christmas market

Hello printmakers and print fans far and wide. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been adding to my Etsy shop SkirridPrintStudio, and must have around 70 listings on there now! Lots of Christmas goodies so do pop by and grab yourself some fun gifts. You lot are special customers so use the code…

New gallery – showcasing my paintings made in lockdown

Please do pop in to see me and the new work. I can’t wait to share my paintings with you alongside the new prints I made during lockdown. I was extremely prolific as creativity was a salve and an escape during the very hard months – one of life’s strange paradoxes perhaps? See you soon,…

Featured in Pressing Matters mag

It’s a huge privilege to have Skirrid Print Studio featured in issue 12 of Pressing Matters magazine following an invitation from John Coe, who has persevered through Covid19 restrictions to keep up the good work. This wonderful quarterly mag comes highly recommended for all print addicts – it’s so diverse (selling globally) and with such high quality…

Etchings

A lot of my printwork is made from carving images into linoleum (known as relief or block printing) but recently I’ve really enjoyed 2 forms of etching: drypoint engraving (scratching into a perspex plate with a sharp tool) and saline solution etching (where a homemade acid solution etches into a metal plate with a design…

Richmond Park deer: “Rumination”

I have just completed this 7 stage reduction linocut. I spent around 3 weeks working on this. Inspired by a photo by Emma Hughes (@emma_hughes_hdp), though I have given it a whole new colour palette and altered the composition. The slideshow above shows the 7 stages and the gallery below shows various shots during the…

Skirrid Print Studio: the first 6 months

So from this shell of a building – which had previously served as a boot room and storage space (with 2 tiny rooms upstairs) – the charming Welsh builders, Dickie and Rich, created a 2-storey print studio, with its own entrance. This was in March 2019 and took a good few weeks. The finishing touch…