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.


A Working ‘Holiday’




Last week we had a busy week, I was in Scotland and made my way around as many animal parks as I could find! At Least it felt like that anyway!

We went to the Scottish Deer center in my old stomping grounds of Fife, (see the photos above) We went to Camperdown park in Dundee (eventually!! how long have I been going to Dundee now?)-Five years and I’ve never been there, they have BEARS for goodness sake!

We also went to the Botanic Gardens in St Andrew’s -last summer I toured botanical gardens, I’m not sure why, I have loads of photos, not 100% sure what to do with them, I have a sketchbook half in progress-with flower pics and drawings over the top of them !! I shall upload some of those sketches at some point.)

I loved seeing the deers they were so friendly and sweet. I think they were mainly friendly because we had food for them in our pockets!



Then to St Andrews, we spend a lot of time in St Andrews, it’s very nice. I’d never been to the botanics before though, they also had a butterfly house there, which was completely scary! They flutter everywhere! UGH!





Finally we went to Camperdown, they had otters, owls, bears, gibbons, peacocks, macaques, lemurs,  more wolves, more Scottish wildcats, so many animals! I was spoiled for choice, I think I need to go back there soon.

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