Archives for the month of: June, 2012

I was in Newcastle on Friday and popped into the Hatton Gallery .

There were several exhibitions open including Elements Abstract Art from the Hatton gallery’s own collection, a one room show of abstract art.

There were some fabulous pieces including 2 screen prints by Victor Pasmore, prints by Antoni Tapies as well as painting by Derek Hirst, Ian Stephenson and prints by Michael Brick.

Abstract work such as this was what  inspired me to go to art college back in the early 1980’s and it was refreshing to see a room of this work looking both energetic and current.

The works were juxtapositioned next to an exhibition by artist Helen Petts Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing a digital film installation that explores Kurt Schwitters’ journey to Ambleside via a remote island in Norway.

It was an interesting positioning of works and ideologies between the two exhibitions and one that suggested a continuity of ideas.

Earlier this week I was sent some fab photos from Alice and Vanessa of their zine library at the Holmfirth Festival 2012 in which three of my zines were shown.

Have been working on some new ink drawings over the last few days with Colorex water based inks.  The drawings are a way of thinking and reconnecting with ideas to do with the connection between movement and intentions.

I completed a set of 10 printed b/w zines for PaperGirl’s London call out this week.

Having a few spare prints left over I thought I would try out some of the Pebeo  Colorex water based ink I brought for some large drawings I’m planning.

I hadn’t used Pebeo inks before (usually using Windsor and Newton or chinese black calligraphy ink), and found the pigment quality excellent when both diluted and undiluted . They mix and over paint beautifully too. They are water soluble and do not contain shellac as Windsor and Newton inks do and so behave more like water colour when over painting.

On Friday my first copy of   The Blue Note Book (April 2012)(edited by Sarah Bodman) a bi-annual publication from Book Arts at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) arrived.

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A couple of quick updates:

A set of 3 of my small zines are to be included in the Holmfirth Arts Festival 2012 Zine Library.  The Zine Library will be open 15-24th June, Fridays 5-9pm, Saturdays 12-9pm & Sundays 12-7pm.

A short piece of video of my animated drawings is to be included as part of Hidden Door’s event “Mini-Door” featuring the Tinderbox Orchestra at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, taking place on the 23rd of June.


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Was at  Wakefield Cathedral this Friday to photograph as part of the 366 Days Project. The cathedral has a fabulous atmosphere and it was lovely to visit there again.


Here is the latest issue of Mini M.A.T. zine

Click here for the  June 2012 Mini M.A.T. Zine to download and print.

Something I have always wanted to try out is a pinhole camera.

I thought that it might be an interesting approach to try when photographing at Wakefield Cathedral this coming Friday.

I had tried a DIY pinhole effect previously with my digital Canon by making a pinhole attachment from black card which was fun but  the results when I tried this method were a bit washed out and rather speckled.

I mentioned that I planned to try pinhole photography in an email to Harriet Evans organizer for the 366 Days project at Wakefield Cathedral and she recommended the method below:

“For what it’s worth – my pinhole ‘recipe’ is to attach an extension tube (obtainable cheaply on Ebay) to a DSLR, cover the open end of the tube tightly with tin foil (preferably painted matte black on the inner side), secure with a rubber band and pop a pin-prick in the front of the foil! The snag is, it shows up any dust on your sensor!”

(So that’s what all that speckling was!)

Anyway I brought two cheap pinhole cardboard cameras to try out.

One by Kikkerland which takes ordinary 35m film:

And a set by a company called Stenoflex, which takes photographic paper and comes with chemicals to develop your photographs.

I tried out the Stenoflex camera this morning and really liked it.

The camera gives you a negative image which I scanned and then used Photoshop to invert (though you can also re-expose the image on to another piece of photographic paper and then develop with the chemicals included in the kit).

I found it quite hard to keep the camera still enough not to get some camera shake when opening and closing the shutter because the camera although constructed of heavy black card is still quite light weight.

The photos were high contrast but that’s the fun of this camera; the unpredictable-ness of the result especially when starting out.

I was in the studio earlier this week and managed to get some shots of  the studios… looking over them realised a sort of Jubilee theme had somehow crept in.

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