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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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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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The Dylan Thomas Dialogues box set is on the move again, this time to Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon. The show opened last night..sorry I am amoungst different houses right now so have intermittent internet access and couldn’t blog this yesterday, but never mind, better late then never. It was a lovely space for the show, anyone who has ever been to Brecon theatre will know of it’s an amazing setting… at a canal lock. That setting allowed me to gaze wonderously at a beautiful Heron as the exhibition opened! Of course there was also many wonderful prints to gaze at too!

The show is on for the rest of the month and shall continue to other venues afterward!

On Thursday I also popped up to Carmarthen to see the fantastic Wrexham International in Oriel Myrddin and to replenish some of my own prints that had sold. A very lovely exhibition it is too! That show and my own ‘back wall series’ is on until 14th June.

P.S I have no idea whats happening woth the image..it was fine before, I might change it later..or I might not!

Five Connect, Satrang Art Gallery, Islamabad.

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Well it has been a very exciting time over the last few weeks there has been so much going on, both good and bad! but that’s life!

I am very lucky to be exhibiting at the Satrang Art Gallery in Islamabad alongside Zaira Zaka, Rose Davies, Hannah Lawson, and the amazing Atif Khan! What a show indeed! There shall be regular updates about this exhibition on my facebook page here!