Monday, 27 April 2015

Solvitur Ambulando

A literal translation of the latin phrase 'solvitur ambulando' (attributed to St Jerome) would be, 'it is solved by walking.' Go for a walk, and everything seems easier. Solvitur Ambulando has become a theme in my current work & an injunction to myself to get out and walk more.

This letterpress collage image was exhibited at The Museum in the Park in Stroud in September 2014 in a show called The Art of Walking. The exhibition was part of the Laurie Lee centenary celebrations, so the map in my piece centres on Lee's home village of Slad & The Woolpack Inn.


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Screen Dreams

Letterpress, stitch and bleach. Image for the Stroud 2015 Film Festival.
Wooden letterpress printed black on black paper, with added stitch & typewriter text, then Quink Ink and bleach poured over the top. The bleach revealed the letterpress text hidden in the black-on-black initial printing.



Monday, 10 November 2014

My 2014 Indulgence

On November 2nd I walked from Purgatory to Paradise with Ali Kayley & Dan Glaister & Walking the Land.
Purgatory is a small copse near Fennels Farm on the way to Bisley, Gloucestershire, and Paradise is a hamlet just after Painswick, on the A46 heading for Cheltenham. We started out under grey cloud, & headed into showers, to end our walk with a Paradise picnic, where ofcourse, we were blessed with warm sunshine. On completion of the walk Ali & Dan gave us a personalised Indulgence, letterpress printed by Stawberry Press in Moreton-in-Marsh on the occasion of their first Purgatory to Paradise walk.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Tea & a chat


The quote is by Saki, aka Hector Hugh Munro. In the story this quote comes from, the speaker is eating brown bread & butter with caviar to accompany her tea. Sounds delicious!
The lino cut capital T/Tuscan Egyptian type is printed in ink I made with PG Tips. I printed on Japanese Gampi Smooth paper, so maybe next time I should move up-market & try making ink with Sencha Japanese green tea.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Inspiration

This wonderful coloured & ornamental Clarendon type was produced by William H Page & Co. who were designers and manufacturers of wood type. They were based in Norwich, Connecticut & eventually became part of the huge Hamilton type business in Wisconsin. This image comes from The Public Domain Review which is a fantastic resource of all sorts of images, animation, photos etc.


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Typing on a leaf

Wonderful typewriter workshop at the Museum in the Park in Stroud yesterday, playing on machines old and very old, creating typewriter art & poetry, or just recording random thoughts. We also performed a typewriter musical composition (which was recorded live) using the fantastic sounds generated by the machines in action. Forgot how hard you need to stab at typewriter keys.
I ended up typing on leaves. It will be interesting to see what happens as the leaves dry.
Thank you to Andrew Morrison for organising the event.



Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Because

2 days of letterpress at LENvention2 (see http://len4letterpress.blogspot.co.uk/) in Cheltenham, making a book inspired by a beautiful poem written by Elizabeth Willow entitled 'Because' about the why of letterpress. This poem plays magically with the terminology & sometimes obscure vocabulary of letterpress. The construction of the book was devised by Rachel Marsh.

We were each given 2 lines from the poem to work with. My lines were:

Because of winters and coffins and slugs

Because each page is a poem

Good to work collaboratively and to start and (almost) finish a project from scratch in 2 days.