swansea print workshop

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!

 

All or Nothing

Sometimes everything happens at once, actually, this happens very often as an artist.. there is 0 work for months, then it’s all at the same time, not only it is Dinewfr, and some work in Margo’s Vintage, but it’s also the Swansea Print Workshop Christmas Exhibition, this is opening on Saturday with tea, coffee and cakes all day from 10.30-4.30 pm! …and then is open then until the 27th of November.

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Included are some of our postcards and larger bird screenprints that were printed in the summer with workshops by Kelly Stewart. That big grey Heron is mine..I know it’s a screenprint not a collagraph..shock horror!

There are many, MANY prints, cards, christmas cards and other gifts.

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A huge selection of cards for sale, all the xmas goths and animals are mine..not all the birdy ones though!

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Courses and Classes.

Phew it’s been a strange summer, nothing much happened, but everything happened! Not a great deal of arty things, my arty shenanigans were thwarted, I went over on my ankle while on holiday and so that put to the rest of my holiday-I don’t have much luck with holidays something tends to go wrong and as a result I HATE going ‘on holiday’, which REALLY annoys my lovely partner!
Anyway this left me limping and.. well for several days not being able to walk or drive at all. So it hasn’t been a very arty productive time, nonetheless art happens around me, there are shows coming up and work to make, but firstly I have workshops and courses that I am running coming up, these are:
Firstly for Swansea Council’s Lifelong Learning, but at Gower collage Llwn-y-bryn Campus. I am running  ‘printmaking for beginners or intermediate’ course, the course is starting next week on the Thursday night 6-8pm. For the next ten weeks with a week in between for half term. You can find more information on the council website. Please note the course is subject to change which is out with my control.
Also in a couple of weeks I have a Cyanotype weekend or Blueprint course coming up at Swansea Print Workshop, you can find more details about that here.

In other news, at the beginning of the summer, I did sort of do a few small postcard sized screen prints, I might do a few bigger ones, but today I have been on a drawing course at Swansea Museum to create more drawings for screenprints and collagraphs the course was run by Kelly Stewart. Results coming soon!

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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.

 

Cyanotype Workshop

I am pleased to announce I shall be running a Cyanotype workshop at the end of March in Swansea.

Cyanotypes or Blueprints are essentially a photographic process, one of the first invented actually, it was invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, but it was Anna Atkins -known as the first woman photographer- who used it to document botanical specimens not long after that time. These days it’s used by photographers and printmakers alike to produce unique blueprints.

Here are a few of my own works using the process, these pieces are old works for me now, but I have been doing some new ones.. I’ve just not finished working on them yet! For more details on the workshop see below…

 

 

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CYANOTYPE WORKSHOP WITH KARA SEAMAN AT SWANSEA PRINT WORKSHOP

Saturday and Sunday | March 30 and 31| 11.00 – 4.00

Full / Keyholder members £65 | Ordinary members £80 | Non-member £95
Swansea Print Workshop, 19A Clarence Street, Swansea, SA1 3QR

This two day workshop will introduce the process of Cyanotype or Blueprints s it is often known, and the extraordinary range of source material that can be used. Textile artists may be interested to use it as a basis for further machine work/ appliqué and embroidery

The course will cover:

Mixing the chemicals to produce a light sensitive working solution.

Choosing and coating a range of suitable substrates /papers . The emulsion can also be painted onto fabric for development as a textile piece.

This very versatile process will allow you to develop imagery through a wide range of sources

Photographic imagery can be used if it is transferred to acetate/ transparency

Drawn / painted imagery on tracing paper or specialist drawing film

A wide range of ‘found’ objects can be used exploiting texture and shape with great subtlety,

Cut paper shapes can also be used.

Exposure and processing involves the control of a UV light source | washing out and drying

The first day will concentrate on exploring creative possibilities through a range of small experimental pieces. The second day will provide the opportunity to develop larger finished pieces.

PLEASE NOTE: TO BOOK A PLACE YOU MUST CONTACT JACKIE FORD NOT MYSELF…SEE BELOW

To book a place on a course please email jmford@ntlworld.com or call in to Swansea Print Workshop, 19A Clarence Street, Swansea, SA1 3QR.

Telephone calls can be taken on Tuesdays and Thursdays | 10.30 – 4.00   01792 464418.
Please note: ALL COURSES must be paid in full to guarantee your place on the course. In the event you can’t attend, they will only refund any fees paid if they can fill your place.

Payment is by cheque | Cash | BACS TRANSFER | Card payments can be taken in the Swansea Print Workshop.

BACS payment

Bank details Swansea Print Workshop | 08-92-50 | A/N 68226444

PLEASE NOTE | if you use this method of payment please send SPW an email to notify them that the payment has been made and they will send you a receipt and an acknowledgement that your place is reserved.

You can see more workshops on their website here.

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All prints shown are by myself.

 

 

 

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 .

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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 Three

I seem to be a day behind almost every day, but I guess at least I’m getting a few things done!  There is lots of testing and experimentation going on with me at the moment, especially with all of these tiny prints from erasers!

 

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The above images one also brings to mind Blodeuwedd and Welsh mythology.

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and my working mess/needs (Caffine) with my Pertinacious Anemia heading towards injection time..I NEED surgery/caffeine drinks to keep going through a week of work ..then a weekend of work too.

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and I quite liked this wee composition of the print and the block or eraser from WH Smith (even though it was the first print and done very quickly so not the best)..but…you can even still see the writing of ‘WH Smith’, I didn’t bother to get it off! Also I think really.. it needs re-doing, re-cutting, i’m not 100% happy with it!

Most of these works are towards an exhibition soon in Brecon..if I can manage to register them~!

You can find further info about them on my facebook page.

Swansea Print Workshop : The Christmas Exhibition

 

The Christmas show is a-happening this Sunday! Huzzah!

4-6pm @ SPW …the exhibition continues until Friday December 2nd.

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A proof from me to be in the show..a collagraph with watercolour.

I have also reopened my etsy  shop it’s called  handwashanddripdry and I am adding some goodies as we go along!

 

To The Zoo!

I have been invited by Oriel Myrddin gallery in Carmarthen and in conjunction with Arts and Business Cymru, and The Nature Foundation, to exhibit in Anna’s Welsh Zoo, also known as Manor Wildlife Park, near Tenby.
..and that’s Anna Ryder Richardson’s zoo!

It is a solo exhibition, a significant moment, although I have been offered solo exhibitions in the past, due to circumstances at those times I have been unable to say yes! This time I said yes!

This has really been a fantastic opportunity for me and I set to work creating new pieces to show. I just about had enough time before I went to Dundee to go to the zoo for a visit, I passed my driving test the day before and so drove there with much assistance from my boyfriend with lanes, roundabouts..and indeed motorways! I did get beeped once, I even had P plates on, people have 0 patience, honestly!!

Anyway we had a lovely day at the zoo, looking at the animals! At Manor Wildlife Park they have a couple of unique features at their zoo, you can for example actually go into the enclosure with the wallabies..they have an albino wallaby too! You can also walk in with the lemurs (my favorites!) I absolutely adore their furry fingers!leemer brown 4photo 3 (1)

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‘Four of a Kind’ Collagraph Print

They have Flemish giant rabbits ( ever-so-cute and big!), White Rhino’s, a Brazillian Tapir ( Yay! Another favorite) and ohh so many other exceptionally interesting creatures…most recently, so recently in fact that I have not seen it because I was in Scotland, they took ownership of a Sumatran tiger! So I’m really looking forward to seeing her!

The last few weeks have been completely crazy, so many amazing and indeed awful things have happened including the fact I am currently sitting as a juror, and last week had a huge rat running around my living room, where I am currently on my own! I am completely exhausted by everything, but I am looking forward to seeing the final result and indeed even feel rather pleased with myself for getting to the end with a body or work I am proud of!
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‘Flemish Giant Lepus’ Collagraph Print.

The exhibition in Manor Wildlife Park, SA70 8RJ, is on now but officially opens on Saturday the 19th of September at 4.30pm and runs until the 10th of November.

I shall post another blog when I have some Images of the show and maybe some of the prints in development too!

Young Creators Narrative Exhibition.

My wee group of young creators are opening their exhibition this evening in Swansea Print Workshop. They have been busy producing some very beautiful prints and indeed teaching their skills on to others allowing them to create also.

Please see below for details and the project blog ‘people and printmaking’ is here!