December prints

A few prints, one produced at home, and the others at printing group. This print is produced with Akua inks, on a smooth card, and I used my printer at home.  The print is taken directly off some old wallpaper that came from my parents house.  The original illustration of what I think may be a conifer is…

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Leaf Prints from Glentui Valley

I am starting out on a printmaking journey. I have a new press, new inks and new paper, so lots of experimentation and not a lot of resolved or finished work just yet. I do enjoy the discovery of new ideas and methods. I have been been printing with two good friends, Ruth Stanton McLeod, printmaker…

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Transported from old to new dye possibilities

It is now August, and I started this post in March…   Time passes.  It now feels like home.  Seeds of a new beginning – seed pods of Wharariki, the New Zealand mountain flax plant. Oxford in the early morning sunlight – Mt Oxford hills seen from the town. At the beginning of 2014, a…

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White Dog: an autogenic sculpture

Scientific Process Art! Exploring The Invisible This work is drawn out of my own experiences, and exploration, of the interface between science and art, and is a deeply personal therapy for me at the same time. It is a biphasic system of two immiscible liquids (will not undergo mixing): a capricious and inventive aqueous phase…

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Red Freesia Solar Dye

In November, when I was clearing the dead spring bulb foliage, I kept a few dried flowers from some of the freesias we had grown this year.  The thought crossed my mind – I wonder if they will provide colour as the dried flowers were still orange-yellow.  As you can see the freesia flower was…

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A print book

Time for this has been scarce recently, so I thought I should try to get another post in before 2014. Some of my eco prints on paper have been made into artists books.  This one is a ten-page ‘concertina’ book.  It is a little difficult to present these books; however, here is a scan of…

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Colours of Chance

While in Dundee, Scotland, last year, we visited RRS Discovery, Robert Falcon Scott’s ship that sailed down to the Antarctic for the British Antarctic Expedition in 1901.  Discovery is now moored at the Discovery Museum on the River Tay.   Ernest Shackleton was also on this voyage and it was his first visit to the…

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Colours from a Landscape

I am currently showing some pigment colour swatches at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, and in October I am doing a workshop on making paint.   This exhibition was facilitated through the Blue Oyster Gallery in Dunedin.  Also included in the show are some natural pigments on paper – eco prints – and some raw pigment.…

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Eight Waters

Exploring the Invisible – This fascinating site has details of  a new project with artist Sarah Craske that seeks to explore the nature of water –  here showing the differences in pH of water collected from natural water courses. Here’s the link  –   Eight Waters.

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Dyes on Paper

As the main purpose for starting solar dyeing with plants was to find more organic colours that I could use on paper, I record here some of my recent paper experiments.  This first one is on kozo (mulberry)  paper, and coloured by a pomegranite skin solar dye.  I squashed the folded paper into the jar,…

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