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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!

 

Margo’s Vintage and Retro, Neath

 

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I am very happy to have some of my work for sale in the wonderful Margo’s Vintage and Retro shop in the centre of Neath, being just beside the train station it always catches your eye if you are nearby!

Margo’s is packed full of amazing upcycled furniture, beautiful handmade crafts, art and other amazing bits such as Staffordshire doggies, mini plastic queens, pressed glass plates, oh so many wonderful things, do go and have a nosey!

 

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Swansea Open

The Swansea Open returned last year, it’s always held at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, it’s Swansea’s main gallery and has had a tradition of holding an Open Competition for many years, the gallery re-opened last year after being closed for several years for refurbishment. This year I submitted two works-the maximum allowed and they both got it! I was amazed actually, as I almost didn’t submit one of them!

My ‘Badger in the Garden’ and ‘Numbat Antics’ prints shall be on show, most works are for sale, the show opens on Saturday-Sir Peter Blake is opening the show…and his own of collages and illustrations is opening at the same time, so that’s really exciting!

It runs from the 8th to the 2nd of February  from this year… into next year!

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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Inktober Week 4 and 5..well 3 days of Week 5!

Well I know it’s late but the last couple of weeks have been very busy as you shall see!

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A lot of these small drawings are actually on mount board and card and they are for two pieces of work-collagraph Prints I am putting together for an exhibition in the middle of October in Brecon. I shall post more about that event soon!

 

Incidentally the featured image above this post, of a wee inky badger was made in the summer and was a design for my bigger badger print, but I looked at it again because I decided to do badgers for one of my works for the show. One piece  is based on blue pool-a giant rock pool on Gower that as legend would have it it bottomless. it’s full of tourists in the summer but I wondered who would go there in the winter? I reckon Seals would go for a spalsh!  The other piece is about Rosehill Quarry here in Swansea, which is quite near a number of properties I’ve lived in. We were asked to concentrate on either Swansea or the Beacons, I decided to stay with Swansea.

Note: See that wee crab, it’s difficult to tell, as it’s so tiny and I don’t have a Macro lens but it’s cut out of card, I cut all of the legs out of the side of the crab without cutting a bit off-GO ME! and I stuck them together so it’s raised enough to print, it really was a stupidly tiny thing to tackle  and took me an hour to cut and now  I need new glasses!

Edinburgh Caracal!

I have just delivered several unframed prints-animals and flower monoprints, for the browsers of  Gallery Ten in Edinburgh, including this new one of a Caracal and a few other newbies, more news about them and another exhibition I have been working on coming very soon.

We still currently have the exhibition Print Explosion running at Volcano Theater until next Saturday in Swansea.

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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!