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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 .


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.


Badger In the Garden-and an Exhibition.

Badger In The Garden Collagraph Print By Kara Seaman

Badger In the Garden, Collagraph Print, 2018.

We have had badgers coming for about 2 years now, they join the foxes to get peanuts and dog biscuits.

They are quite scared, but they are a bit blind and so will shuffle right past you without noticing you are there!  They are quite ghost-like, and will suddenly appear beside you when you least expect it! They do like to dig up the garden for earthworms but I can forgive them a few holes! Unfortunately they also like eating the local hedgehogs, which is not so nice, and not so easy to forgive but this isn’t Disneyland.

We have whole families, a few nights ago there were three wee ones playing in the front garden.  They come very late past 1am so you’ve got to be a bit of a night owl to see them! Being a sufferer of Pernicious Anemia this is difficult to do as it makes me so tired! but since it’s been so hot, i’ve had to have the windows open and they often wake us up. They are a joy to watch, please don’t let the government kill them all, you can sign the petition here…and find out more here. 

This print shall be in the exhibition In the Chate room in King Street Gallery, in Carmarthen, opening tomorrow from 5.30-7.30pm and running until the 15th of August.

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