Workshops

Workshops Galore!

All workshop’s cancelled, Swansea Print Workshop is now closed. #Covid19

 

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Evenings:

Press-print workshop -with polystyrene.
2 evenings | Wednesdays | April 15/22 | 6.00 – 9.00
Full/ Keyholder member £60 | Ordinary Member £70 |Non Member £80

Lino printing with Chine Colle
2 evenings | Wednesdays | June 19/17 | 6.00 – 9.00
Full/ Keyholder member £60 | Ordinary Member £70 |Non Member £80

Cyanotype Blueprinting|
2 evenings | Wednesdays | July 8/15 | 6.00 – 9.00
Full/ Keyholder member £60 | Ordinary Member £70 |Non Member £80

Feel free to contact me if you require more information kara_seaman@yahoo.co.uk

(membership of Swansea Print Workshop is £75 for full membership and £25 for ordinary membership (Yearly) but as stated you don’t have to be a member to do a workshop!)

To book a place on a course, please email jmford@ntlworld.com
Please note: ALL COURSES must be paid in full to guarantee your place on the course. In the event you can’t attend, SPW will only refund any fees paid if they can fill your place.

Payment
· Cheque made out to Swansea Print Workshop | dropped off at the studio or posted to Swansea Print Workshop| 19A Clarence St. SWANSEA SA13QR
· BACS payment |Swansea Print Workshop | 09-01-29 | A/N 37942494.
PLEASE NOTE | if you use this method of payment please send SPW an email to notify them that the payment has been made and we will send you a receipt and an acknowledgement that your place is reserved.
· Card payments can be taken in the studio but not over the phone

for more detailed descriptions and information please see the SPW website!

 

Courses and Classes.

Phew it’s been a strange summer, nothing much happened, but everything happened! Not a great deal of arty things, my arty shenanigans were thwarted, I went over on my ankle while on holiday and so that put to the rest of my holiday-I don’t have much luck with holidays something tends to go wrong and as a result I HATE going ‘on holiday’, which REALLY annoys my lovely partner!
Anyway this left me limping and.. well for several days not being able to walk or drive at all. So it hasn’t been a very arty productive time, nonetheless art happens around me, there are shows coming up and work to make, but firstly I have workshops and courses that I am running coming up, these are:
Firstly for Swansea Council’s Lifelong Learning, but at Gower collage Llwn-y-bryn Campus. I am running  ‘printmaking for beginners or intermediate’ course, the course is starting next week on the Thursday night 6-8pm. For the next ten weeks with a week in between for half term. You can find more information on the council website. Please note the course is subject to change which is out with my control.
Also in a couple of weeks I have a Cyanotype weekend or Blueprint course coming up at Swansea Print Workshop, you can find more details about that here.

In other news, at the beginning of the summer, I did sort of do a few small postcard sized screen prints, I might do a few bigger ones, but today I have been on a drawing course at Swansea Museum to create more drawings for screenprints and collagraphs the course was run by Kelly Stewart. Results coming soon!

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Cyanotype Workshop

I am pleased to announce I shall be running a Cyanotype workshop at the end of March in Swansea.

Cyanotypes or Blueprints are essentially a photographic process, one of the first invented actually, it was invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, but it was Anna Atkins -known as the first woman photographer- who used it to document botanical specimens not long after that time. These days it’s used by photographers and printmakers alike to produce unique blueprints.

Here are a few of my own works using the process, these pieces are old works for me now, but I have been doing some new ones.. I’ve just not finished working on them yet! For more details on the workshop see below…

 

 

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CYANOTYPE WORKSHOP WITH KARA SEAMAN AT SWANSEA PRINT WORKSHOP

Saturday and Sunday | March 30 and 31| 11.00 – 4.00

Full / Keyholder members £65 | Ordinary members £80 | Non-member £95
Swansea Print Workshop, 19A Clarence Street, Swansea, SA1 3QR

This two day workshop will introduce the process of Cyanotype or Blueprints s it is often known, and the extraordinary range of source material that can be used. Textile artists may be interested to use it as a basis for further machine work/ appliqué and embroidery

The course will cover:

Mixing the chemicals to produce a light sensitive working solution.

Choosing and coating a range of suitable substrates /papers . The emulsion can also be painted onto fabric for development as a textile piece.

This very versatile process will allow you to develop imagery through a wide range of sources

Photographic imagery can be used if it is transferred to acetate/ transparency

Drawn / painted imagery on tracing paper or specialist drawing film

A wide range of ‘found’ objects can be used exploiting texture and shape with great subtlety,

Cut paper shapes can also be used.

Exposure and processing involves the control of a UV light source | washing out and drying

The first day will concentrate on exploring creative possibilities through a range of small experimental pieces. The second day will provide the opportunity to develop larger finished pieces.

PLEASE NOTE: TO BOOK A PLACE YOU MUST CONTACT JACKIE FORD NOT MYSELF…SEE BELOW

To book a place on a course please email jmford@ntlworld.com or call in to Swansea Print Workshop, 19A Clarence Street, Swansea, SA1 3QR.

Telephone calls can be taken on Tuesdays and Thursdays | 10.30 – 4.00   01792 464418.
Please note: ALL COURSES must be paid in full to guarantee your place on the course. In the event you can’t attend, they will only refund any fees paid if they can fill your place.

Payment is by cheque | Cash | BACS TRANSFER | Card payments can be taken in the Swansea Print Workshop.

BACS payment

Bank details Swansea Print Workshop | 08-92-50 | A/N 68226444

PLEASE NOTE | if you use this method of payment please send SPW an email to notify them that the payment has been made and they will send you a receipt and an acknowledgement that your place is reserved.

You can see more workshops on their website here.

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All prints shown are by myself.

 

 

 

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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Inktober week one

I decided..for my sins this year to have a go at inktober!

I’ve ignored most of the rules, but am trying to post something every day that I have actually created fresh that day! I am posting them on my Facebook Page every day and then weekly on this blog!

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These were from day 1, I did two watercolours..just to confuse things…they are based on the Brangwyn Panels by Sir Frank Brangwyn which hang in the Brangwyn hall in Swansea.

The next couple of watercolored days are also based on the panels. I was in a works meeting in July staring at them, quite nice things to stare at, there are lot’s of animals and plants to look at!

 

The next day’s doodle is about what the proper work should be about right now, landscapes for a forthcoming show, but I haven’t managed to do any yet!

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and then I was having a look around our dying wintering garden and saw these..things! So that’s day 5!

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Day 6 was a mega rush and I had no time, I am very busy at the weekend currently prepping courses for the week after..but..taa-daa..I cheated a wee bit..Ant Rave!

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and finally for this week, I’ve been prepping some stamps for next week’s teaching! Hand cut by me from rubber ..well Rubbers, Erasers aye those wee things!

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There is a lot of pink!!

Wassail, Wassail all over the town our toast it is white and our ale it is brown…

Yes you are correct! It is the wrong time of year for Wassailing! and as a Scot we wouldn’t call a new years tradition Wassailing….. I guess ‘first footing’ would be the equivalent… you go off around everyone’s houses bringing ale for everyone to drink and sing away the night!… I have been looking into the tradition somewhat because a couple of weeks ago I was able to go on a day’s ceramic course, we made a little pot-(I say pot but that could be debated, it’s not actually a pot) We made a thing!-it was taught by ceramicist Margaret Brompton. The title of the workshop was called Clay Creatures and was based around her work, which in turn was based around Wassailing bowls- ceramic pots although traditionally they seem to be made from wood, -as the song says:

Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree;
With the wassailing bowl, we’ll drink unto thee.

… maybe (I don’t know) sometime in the 18th century this turned to ceramic. (more about songs later.) Wassailing Bowls are highly decorated with lovely wee animals and with many handles for passing around to a different friend for drinking, and many seem to have some basic patterns drawn onto them also. Margaret’s work can be seen in this link-they also have some of her wee pots at Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen for sale- this is where the workshop took place. As you can also see from the link she posted on her blog about a couple of examples of Welsh Wassailing bowls which are in the Museum of Welsh Life in St Fagans, near Cardiff.

I really wanted to see these for myself, so the boyo and I went off up to St Fagans for the day, I’d not been for years so it was quite interesting! We managed to track down the brown pot on show in one of the displays-one of the houses. St Fagans is quite extraordinary, it’s full of buildings which have been moved from different parts of Wales to the grounds of the museum-the museum is basically the historic buildings-  when you think about that it’s quite extraordinary. it’s definitely worth a trip and a walk about to the see the wonders of Wales! There are some amazing buildings and they are putting in a few more currently!

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..but a few days later I decided also to have a wee wonder into Swansea Museum as I remembered that they had a large collection of Swansea pottery and porcelain-Yes that’s right!! Historically Swansea made lots of pottery and porcelain-it seems so very odd that now then it’s quite difficult to learn the process in the city today!! (Unless you are able to be a full time student-which I am not ) The Glynn Vivian Art gallery is full of Swansea pottery, even the Waterfront Museum here has some, Cardiff museum has some! It’s everywhere!

but also in Swansea Museum were two Wassailing Bowls, with animals similar to the ones in St Fagans!

 

 

It was fab and a nice surprise to see them! I wasn’t expecting to have any in Swansea!

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All of the Wassailing bowls it seems I have seen in Wales have been made at Ewenny pottery  many, many years ago.

In popular culture, as a teenager of the 90’s it was Blur who first introduced me to the Wassailing song, it was released as a hard to get 7″ they’d given out at gigs, but it did form part of their film Starshaped-which all fans (Ok maybe just us) had to watch over and over in fact we use to watch that very section over and over and laugh hysterically!

There is also a Wassailing song closer to home -for me currently- The Gower Wassail and folky (revival) of the year-well maybe last year, Shirley Collins, whom we saw at Green Man Festival last year- did a version on her 1969 album Anthems in Eden.

I can’t find a link too that tune now unfortunately, but it was interesting to listen to!

Anyway back to the pots, i’d been wanting to do ceramics for years, but things always got in the way or I could never find a suitable class to do when I was free, so I was overjoyed to do this one with Margaret, and to be able to have a go with ceramics again-I hadn’t worked with properly clay since high school, where we did it once!-I still have the pot I made then! I might share a pic of it in the next post-it also has an animal for the basis! (Even then circa 1993/4ish?) I think most people assume I did a foundation art course, this was not true, I did a Photography foundation course, I concentrated too early and learn’t nowt about anything else-I do know quite a lot about the history of photography but nothing else!!! I fully expected to do a photography degree, but found out about printmaking in my local library-Dunfermline at the time and decided that looked good!  I diverged and managed to scramble my way onto an art degree with my photographic portfolio and a few sketchbooks full of collages! So thus I didn’t play with arty things, until I got to uni, but we had limited departments to a certain extent, and I pretty much lived in the dark room and the print room and didn’t really learn about anything else!

Bizarrely even Grayson Perry came in to uni to give us a talk, he was fab, he spoke about his life, about Claire and his pots! This was before he was Turner prize nominated..actually he won it didn’t he?.. but it didn’t make much sense to me because we couldn’t try any ceramic stuff, we didn’t have any facilities…annoying to say the least! That would have been in 2nd year so probably 2001.

I go to pick up my wee wassailing inspired pot tomorrow, so I shall share the photos and process asap!

 

 

Monstrous Mural And The Lizard Den

This is what we have been working on over the last few days! Phew!

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High Street

Today I joined some fellow artists to take over the keys for a new artspace in Swansea’s High Street, an area of urban regeneration. It’s a second, temporary, setting for Swansea Print Workshop and we have it for three months, to do experimental work, to exhibit, to interact with the community and to collaborate. It’s a fairly new commercial premises owned by the Coastal Group Housing Association and the area is part of the new Urban Village scheme.

We got stuck in straight away. One side of the vast space is in good nick but the other side has the most monstrous mural I’ve ever seen. The figures are either hideous – a WAG fairy princess complete with fake tan – or terrifying. Mad eyed goblins and psychopathic Medieval knights glower under a sky heavy with huge menacing crows. To cap it all, it’s been painted in graffitti spray paint…

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