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 .


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.



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.


Public Gesture

There is a new exhibition opening on Friday in Swansea, which features the work of many a printmaker from all over the world! I have some monotype work represented in ‘Public Gesture’, monotypes are slightly unusual for me, but you never know, maybe one day I shall make some more! These have just got back from a show in America, much of this work was created with the support and through Wingtip Press in Idaho.


Also my group Commensalis is fundraising here for some financial assistance towards the logistics for their next exhibition. I myself shall not be taking apart in this show, the timing is exceedingly bad for me, I am simply too busy! But they are showing in Bath as part of Fringe Arts Bath, next week! I have given them some etchings to assist them on their way, and there are many other goodies for your funds!

I have just had several works back from various exhibitions so I shall indeed be updating my Etsy shop soon with a few of these and a few brand new illustrations and prints too!

I have received some great feedback from the exhibition in the Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen, but as yet still haven’t managed to see it! soon I shall get there! soon! There is a lovely review on their facebook page already!


Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance

Badger monotype By kara Seaman

Recently I sent some work to America as part of a project instigated by Rose Davies, It was sent to the lovely Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, whom have in turn taken it along with them to the Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference is on now and is showcasing the joint portfolio of three colour separation monotype prints- including one of my badgers! The portfolio does not only contain prints just from Swansea! Oh no! There are also those created by members of Wingtip Press as part of a residency Rose did there earlier this year. How Fab! You can see a wee pic on my facebook site! There were a few wonderful Swansea artists taking part, hopefully more collaborations in the future!


Also, today I was lucky to have attended a wonderful workshop with the renowned  printmaker Andrew Baldwin. It was a great day and I have much experimental etching to do! I am working on several ideas at the moment for some possibly huge etchings-well A3 size that’s huge for me considering I am NOT an etcher!! I have much to do and they have to be finished rather soon for editioning, so I’d better get on with it next week! I  shall post some results soon! Exciting times!

This post has been brought to you with the aid of Talking Heads!