Thursday, 28 November 2013

VITREOUS ENAMEL EXPERIMENTS

Now that all the Christmas stock has been delivered I am now turning my attention to exhibitions I will be in at the beginning of next year.
This and the following piece will be off to the
Devon Guild of Craftsmen's exhibition Narrative Remains.
These images, enamel on steel will
find themselves in Bath
at the Rostra Gallery.
I have just finished these labels of Lost Relatives
ready for an exhibition of MA graduates called Second Impressions.
This will be at the New Brewery Arts, Cirencester.
I am beginning to explore the use of red and as you can see I
am still obsessed with using postcard messages.
Now that I have finished all this work I have mental space to sit down over December
and draw, plan and design some new pieces.
Watch this space!!

Friday, 15 November 2013

HOTHOUSE

The Crafts Council announce the 38 makers selected to start the six-month Hothouse programme in January 2014, which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK.   
...and I am one of those makers. I have been selected to join the Midland cohort in January.

Monday, 11 November 2013

CONTEMPORARY VITREOUS ENAMEL

Let me take you back to almost exactly last year when I announced in a post that I had been awarded a public art commission for a set of  vitreous enamel panels. http://suebrownprintmaker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/great-expectations.html
I am pleased to announce that it is now complete. Here it is sat in my sitting room ready for the representatives of Cheltenham Borough Council, the Bath Road Traders and Cheltenham Connect to see it for the first time.
Happily they liked it so the hard work of Rachel Davies and the generosity of John White at Hy-Tech Enamellers has not been in vain. 
For those of you interested in the processes and stats. The whole piece measures 7ft x 3ft.
The image is white enamel drawn through to the black. Yes the image is completely hand drawn onto to the surface.
The coloured panels are thin steel with digital transfers fired on. Thankyou Jane for your computer help with these.
Enamel is notoriously difficult to photograph because of its sheen, but at the bottom of each panel
I have etched into the enamel surface with glass etch to create soft grey images.
 
I am now looking forward to the panels being install either late this year or early 2014.
 
 
 
 

A BUSY WEEK!!

I have just come to the end of a very busy week of delivering work to galleries for Christmas and running weekend workshops.
Friday found me dropping off these
enamel pieces to Nature in Art.
These pieces are for their contemporary craft exhibition.
I then spent a lovely weekend with some very talented people
experimenting with silk aqua tint.
Chine collee was included.
Plate making using dribbled glue and hammerite over the chiffon surface.
Viscosity inking was also included.
The next silk aqua tint collagraph workshop is March 15-16, 2014. There are 3 places left!