exhibitions

Printopia: an Exhibition

Welcome to Printopia, opening on Thursday night at Volcano Theatre, Swansea High Street, Roll up, Roll up for an array of beautful original prints and artworks to tantalise your senses!

I have some work there too! Alongside many, many wonderful artist’s and collegues.

Opening Thursday 6-9pm and runs until the end of July.

 

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!

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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 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!

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!

Swansea:Woman:Artist

I was invited to exhibit on International Women’s Day last month in Swansea..but now the same exhibition is moving to The Welfare Hall in Ystradgynlais ..just up the valley a wee bit, my fathers family come from Ystradgynlais, so a nice wee connection there and the opening night was my late Grandfather’s birthday, he was born the day the Titanic sank, 15th April 1912. (He’s long dead now unfortunately though.)

Swansea Women Artist exhibition opens on Sunday April 15th 4~6pm and runs until the 25th of April.

We shall have a browser of prints and drawings for sale at the opening only!

There are many other women exhibiting too of course, all working in a variety of Media!

A special thanks to Rosie Scribblah  and Vivian Rhule.

'Owl' three colour monotype, Kara Seaman 26x28.5 cm

A Mutual Understanding

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‘A Mutual Understanding’ (Cattle Tyrants and a Capybara). A Collagraph Print.

My first new piece of work this year!! Amazing, there was a time this year when I thought I might never be able to do anything again, just the thought of trying to cut work out of mount board filled me with exhaustion! But I did it! Apologies for the image quality, it’s not great, but I didn’t have my SLR with me and this had to go straight to the framers!

There are a few Christmas exhibitions coming up and this shall do nicely! I also really must update my Etsy shop..when I get back after a break next week!

Its been a very busy week filled with change, art, galleries, illness, negativeness and happiness ..also there has been coffee and ice-cream..you can’t forget that!!

Some useful non arty advice: YOU should never EVER put up with negative people in your life..EVER!..Especially when they are in Facebook ‘support’ groups! I can only guess that folk are so jealous of your ability to be well and their ability to be in bed ill, that they have to force you out of groups or indeed chuck you out for daring to say ‘no I don’t want or NEED to inject myself with B12 Thank you!’.

Anyway this week is extra busy! I just went to to Abergavenny to collect my work from a successful show with Five Ways Art and am prepping for the next ones and I took the above print to the framers, my job is a-changing this week and I am off to Scotland for next week-huzzah! Brum Brum here I come Dundee..if my car works..another spanner Haha!

Some pics of cool stuff in Abergavenny…