swansea

COVID 19

Social distancing, lockdown, empty shops, very clean hands, elderly and ill parents and grand parents shut away for ..a year ? Jobs and work and therefore money evaporating, these are very scary times indeed.

I don’t really quiet know what to do, I shall create something..at some point…I hope also to come up with some step by step instructions or ideas for folk to try-arty things to do with their kids, or to do for themselves, but I have been sorting out my own family and making them safe. Family really does come first.

This extraordinary situation, has literally affected all of us, I found it very interesting..as other people have noted, that at this time, of course the Doctors and Nurses are doing a wonderful job, as are the teachers still in work, but so too are those in Society who are in the least paid jobs, the cleaners, the carers, the shop workers, all of whom are very much on the front line, battling with idiots not paying any attention to social distancing and are selling them food to eat to survive, these people truly are the hero’s in all of this. and I could so very easily be one of those workers myself.

Swansea Print Workshop closed to the pubic a few days ago, therefore closing all of my up and coming classes with it. Swansea council has also almost shut down, we have been told to work from home, something I am adjusting to, collating information and ideas.

I feel for all of the people working in the restaurant industry too especially here in Swansea family friends own both The Khardomah and Arthur Neave and both have now closed. when they re-open I shall look forward to going to both! and of course Joe’s Ice-Cream!

My partner’s mother owns a Hairdressers: No 14 in Dunfermline, not in Wales..in Scotland, but she also has had to close her business. and what help is there for the self employed like her and indeed myself? We await to find out.

In the meantime, I am trying to sort myself out, dust myself down and get to work, I have plans, and am gathering many, many ideas…in the meantime here’s a few things going around that might be useful if you don’t like your own company, have kids or are just bored out of your skull already!

Images to download and colour in:

http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/?fbclid=IwAR1WTM9myU7Lc5AvDSHAGwWi7ZxCUGJEHGOl3Fh69TnszQv4iR8igmCzXIk

Virtual tours of museums online:

https://people.com/travel/stuck-at-home-these-12-famous-museums-offer-virtual-tours-you-can-take-on-your-couch/?fbclid=IwAR0PhmK9TjGNf29lgV6REO8U58dDF6az5MrCbvDvLBsBbUTgnhPB5owf0Bg

Also Noel Fielding is doing an online Artclub from his Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/noelfielding11?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

and someone has set up a Pandemical sketch club to join too:

https://www.instagram.com/pandemical_sketch_club/

I shall be posting more posts about friends artworks and music too in time.

That’s all for now I think! Phew, stay safe!

Here are some March Hares:

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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!

 

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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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.

 

 

 

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!

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.

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!