Artists

COVID 19

Social distancing, lockdown, empty shops, very clean hands, elderly and ill parents and grand parents shut away for ..a year ? Jobs and work and therefore money evaporating, these are very scary times indeed.

I don’t really quiet know what to do, I shall create something..at some point…I hope also to come up with some step by step instructions or ideas for folk to try-arty things to do with their kids, or to do for themselves, but I have been sorting out my own family and making them safe. Family really does come first.

This extraordinary situation, has literally affected all of us, I found it very interesting..as other people have noted, that at this time, of course the Doctors and Nurses are doing a wonderful job, as are the teachers still in work, but so too are those in Society who are in the least paid jobs, the cleaners, the carers, the shop workers, all of whom are very much on the front line, battling with idiots not paying any attention to social distancing and are selling them food to eat to survive, these people truly are the hero’s in all of this. and I could so very easily be one of those workers myself.

Swansea Print Workshop closed to the pubic a few days ago, therefore closing all of my up and coming classes with it. Swansea council has also almost shut down, we have been told to work from home, something I am adjusting to, collating information and ideas.

I feel for all of the people working in the restaurant industry too especially here in Swansea family friends own both The Khardomah and Arthur Neave and both have now closed. when they re-open I shall look forward to going to both! and of course Joe’s Ice-Cream!

My partner’s mother owns a Hairdressers: No 14 in Dunfermline, not in Wales..in Scotland, but she also has had to close her business. and what help is there for the self employed like her and indeed myself? We await to find out.

In the meantime, I am trying to sort myself out, dust myself down and get to work, I have plans, and am gathering many, many ideas…in the meantime here’s a few things going around that might be useful if you don’t like your own company, have kids or are just bored out of your skull already!

Images to download and colour in:

http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/?fbclid=IwAR1WTM9myU7Lc5AvDSHAGwWi7ZxCUGJEHGOl3Fh69TnszQv4iR8igmCzXIk

Virtual tours of museums online:

https://people.com/travel/stuck-at-home-these-12-famous-museums-offer-virtual-tours-you-can-take-on-your-couch/?fbclid=IwAR0PhmK9TjGNf29lgV6REO8U58dDF6az5MrCbvDvLBsBbUTgnhPB5owf0Bg

Also Noel Fielding is doing an online Artclub from his Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/noelfielding11?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

and someone has set up a Pandemical sketch club to join too:

https://www.instagram.com/pandemical_sketch_club/

I shall be posting more posts about friends artworks and music too in time.

That’s all for now I think! Phew, stay safe!

Here are some March Hares:

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All or Nothing

Sometimes everything happens at once, actually, this happens very often as an artist.. there is 0 work for months, then it’s all at the same time, not only it is Dinewfr, and some work in Margo’s Vintage, but it’s also the Swansea Print Workshop Christmas Exhibition, this is opening on Saturday with tea, coffee and cakes all day from 10.30-4.30 pm! …and then is open then until the 27th of November.

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Included are some of our postcards and larger bird screenprints that were printed in the summer with workshops by Kelly Stewart. That big grey Heron is mine..I know it’s a screenprint not a collagraph..shock horror!

There are many, MANY prints, cards, christmas cards and other gifts.

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A huge selection of cards for sale, all the xmas goths and animals are mine..not all the birdy ones though!

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Exhibiting with the National Trust!

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I am very pleased to be exhibiting with the National Trust this Christmas with some fabulous artists! The grounds of Dinefwr are amazing, spectacular vistas around every corner and deers and cattle a plenty! The grounds are just behind the beautiful multi-coloured town of Llandeilo, which has great antique shops, galleries and independent shops and eateries!

My deer print, The fox nest and a badger in the garden shall all be there to welcome you!

PPSSTT! this exhibition is open for Dinefwr’s Christmas Fair from 22-44th October and shall be open to the public thereafter, although there is , as stated an official opening on the 30th!

Printopia: an Exhibition

Welcome to Printopia, opening on Thursday night at Volcano Theatre, Swansea High Street, Roll up, Roll up for an array of beautful original prints and artworks to tantalise your senses!

I have some work there too! Alongside many, many wonderful artist’s and collegues.

Opening Thursday 6-9pm and runs until the end of July.

 

From the Beacons to the Sea, an Exhibition.

In Swansea Print Workshop we have been invited to exhibit at Theatre Bryceiniog in Brecon. the theme was ‘From the beacons to the sea and so I think there shall be a lot of fantastical artworks in the show! Also invited were South Wales Potters so i’m really excited! SPW and SWP can be a bit confusing though!! We open tomorrow running through to just before Christmas

Beacons to The Sea Launch Party Invite

 

 

I have 2 new pieces in the show, one based on ‘Blue pool’ an amazing, fairly secret area of Gower, secret for good reason, it can be dangerous the tides around there are notorious!

The other work is about Rosehill Quarry, an area of land-which of course use to be a quarry, but is right in the center of the hustle of Swansea, nestled amongst flats and estates on the curve of a hill.

Work in progress, waiting for the glue to try and not bow the board! Blue pool of glue! Who knew!

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and here are some photos of my trip up to the Quarry.

The music that really helped me create these works was Iron and Wine especially this piece.

 

and thee final prints, they are varied editions, so each one shall be a bit different!

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Leftovers 8

Leftovers is an idea by Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, America.

it’s basically about what to do with all of those wee off cuts of paper as printmakers we all seem to collect these inadvertently, well in Boise, they decided to make a worldwide touring exhibition out of it and ask printmakers from all over the world to participate, Swansea Print workshop has had an association with Amy Nack from Wingtip Press for several years now, in fact when she was over in Wales several years ago and I had the chance to meet her and chat printmaking over coffee in the SPW kitchen!

but I have never actually exhibited as part of any of the shows, mainly because my work is too big and although I have plenty of wee bits of paper around the place, I just haven’t had anything small enough, until now.

I’ve been running a printing without a press course since the end of the summer and so have been experimenting myself making examples to show my students. some of my examples have been printed by using erasers which have been cut and then printed as a mini relief print-much like a lino or a woodcut and I have made several designs with some lovely rubbers i’ve found in W.H Smith. (No they are not sponsoring me, Unfortunately, but they do have nice rubbers), The print I have submitted for the  Leftovers was shown as part of my inktober work a couple of weeks ago, I’ve just re -thought about it and printed it differently for the exhibition, I shall put one in my etsy shop at the weekend also and there shall be several available to buy in Swansea Print Workshop for £25.00 only. Here it is: Blodeuwedd .

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As a member of SPW I was invited alongside others to exhibit as this show only, I haven’t submitted to a touring show of Leftovers 8, just to the SPW leg of the show, but maybe next year I will, especially as now I have some practice with making mini prints!

 Saturday 4-6.30pm is the opening event.

The exhibition runs through the rest of November and all of December and is open on all ‘Open Access Days’. Tuesday, and Thursday, 10.3-5pm normally, closed over Xmas. See the SPW website for details.

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I particularly likes these prints, the one on the right is from America I think and the two on the left are by my boss the fabulous Jackie Ford.

 

In the print workshop there shall also be cards for sale by me and many others, many other prints and some of my wee paper mache foxy sculptures too.

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Print Explosion @Volcano Theatre in a Heatwave!

In Britain we are currently having a mega heatwave, I can’t remember it ever being this hot for this long in my lifetime-that’s almost 38 years! I was a 1980 baby so missed the 70’s summers. … it’s pretty typical then that I’ve had lots of work to make, in the dark studio with barely any windows and no time for swimming down Langland ( The beach with beach huts where everyone goes to swim in Swansea) as soon as i’ve finished all of this work, it will be cold and raining, you watch!

I completed my first finished new animal print of the year!..and it’s the last one I started, it was complicated, it’s a Collagraph, but, it has a screen printed element-the ants and leaves- …isn’t that typical?..well it is for me, I have a few more plates awaiting finishing, I shall finish them literally asap because I have other deadlines! It’s a beautiful Numbat (and some ants), a wee Australian creature and it’s titled ‘Numbat Antics’. It’s in Swansea Print Workshop’s exhibition which is opening in Volcano Theatre on Friday 6th July at 6.30!  We have loads of framed, unframed prints and cards for sale. it runs until the 29th of July.

Numbat Antics Collagraph Print by Kara SeamanSPW poster Dhyana Fritsche

I guess partly due to the amazing weather and having a wee bit of time prior to the mad rush, I was able to gather and squish a load of street flowers and weeds, ready for inking and printing! This was really exciting as I did a little bit a few yeas ago, but then didn’t have time to gather foliage to use subsequently-partly because this time of year when there is lots of greenery, I am currently very busy, but a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t quite so busy and I was working-drumming-in an area of Swansea where there were loads of street flowers -yay, so I gathered some up!

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printing with weeds!

 

 

 

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‘Going Underground’ Monoprint 2018

Lots and lots of things have been happening in my life, I learn’t how to play the ukulele while being paid..my job is amazing!….okay so I learn’t two chords! but it’s a start!

Have a listen to this if you haven’t heard it already.

Music wise, I’ve been listening to lot’s of Bjork, especially Post and Utopia, I’ve also been thinking about Leyton in East London a lot, I use to live there, and so have been listening to Damon Albarn’s solo record Everyday Robots, I’ve been listening to Vic Galloway’s The Story of Scottish Pop on Radio Scotland too, amazing, I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibition of the same name in the Museum of Scotland which is on now!

We are set to go to Green Man Festival in August, so I should really be listening to Teenage Fanclub and Fleet Foxes, but never mind.

In this weather everyone should be listening to this!

Oh also, I have a new website!