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Monday, 31 March 2014

Goldfinch, Rubber Stamp Print

Goldfinch Print

I've been making a new print. This one was in my head for a while. It was quite difficult to do, starting with an original drawing and trying to figure out how it will be cut and how I will print it.

Here is the rubber stamp ready to be cut.




And then finally cut and test print.



I've also printed it on to a Moleskine.

Goldfinch Moleskine

When I was photographing the print in the tree I could hear a Goldfinch singing away behind me. I haven't seen them on my feeder yet, but I hope the come soon.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Roni Gross, I See You Everywhere, Arnolfini, Bristol





Went to see this exhibition (curated by Nancy Campbell) today at the Arnolfini in Bristol with the Lovely Angie Butler

"I See You Everywhere showcases 25 years of Valentines published by the Artist Roni Gross under the imprint of Zitouna Press. These limited editions consider love and human relationships as they are articulated across society, from song lyrics to sign language, from hunting to horticulture........Gross made her first printied multiple celebrating Valentine's Day in 1989 and since then has used the annual festival to challenge the predicatble graphics and social constructs surrounding romance...."

Myself and Ms Butler had not met up for almost a year so it was nice to have a catch up and combine it with this exhibition. Beautiful letterpress work and gorgeous books.  Angie (being the expert!) was able to explain some of the techniques used.  

The exhibition runs until Sunday 2nd March. If you don't manage to catch it there will be a companion exhibition with works created for Halloween They Cast No Shadows (love the title) at the Centre for Fine Print Research (Bristol) in October. If you're a letterpress geek don't miss it!










Saturday, 25 January 2014

Crow Friends



These are the crows I feed in the park. This pair are usually waiting for me and they make a racket in the trees when they see me walk past! I know its the same pair because the one on the right has 2 white tail feathers.  Ocasionally another crow tries to muscle in but they chase it off. I feed them meal worm which is nice and light to carry in my handbag :-) They fly down immediately after I put the food down and are getting cheekier all the time. One day after I fed them they flew after me and made a racket so I gave them a second helping.

I remember reading an article in the RSPB Membership magazine and it said that if you see two crows together they are usually a lifelong pair, if you see three its probably parents and their offspring (you usually notice that one of the crows is smaller and scruffier looking), more than three - are the crows who have not found a mate yet, non-breeding crows. So these two must be a lifelong pair.  I've noticed that they also take turns in acting as a look-out while one feeds.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Hope is the thing with feathers...




Just when I think I've read all the most beautiful Emily Dickinson poems I discover a new one. A nice wish for the New Year.  This is also makes me think about living life simply. Technology provides us with great tools and ever increasing ways of communicating but it doesn't always simplify things. Maybe its my age (!) but I am increasingly finding joy in the most basic things.  Walking to work taking photos of the clouds or feeding the crows in the park. It makes me so happy and sets me up for the day.  I feel like I want to slow down and not feel like I'm running around chasing my own tail - sounds like its definitely my age!


If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Twinkle Badge Story, Work In Progress

Twinkle Cover Experiments, Twinkle ©  D.C.Thomson&Co.,Ltd
Twinkle ©  D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd


This is one of the 3 or 4 books I am working on.  Its based on a piece of art I made for my MA below. It is a very short story about the Twinkle badge I took from my older sister. I want to make a very small book and I want the cover to look like an old Twinkle annual I have.  I have been experimenting with lots of glossy photo papers and brochure papers to try to get the same affect as the Twinkle Annual.

The best result so far is from Kodak Premium Photo Paper. Some print beautifully and give great colours but when you start to glue them to the book board you get all sorts of problems. Lots of screechy moments! With some paper the minute you start to touch it with the bonefolder it rubs the image off.  I know I am not using the paper for the purpose it was designed for so I shouldn't really complain. One of the best looking papers was Brilliant Supreme Glossy Photo Paper but it was just too thick and does not come in a lighter weight. It was a nightmare to glue and fold. Its the one at the back middle with the tear - I got a bit vigorous with the Teflon folder!


Twinkle Badge Story, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
Twinkle Story, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol



I've also included the original photo of me wearing the 'stolen' badge :-) plus the complete story and the Twinkle Annual below.

Nannette & Angela (Angela wearing 'stolen' Twinkle Badge
© Tom Callanan


My older sister used to get a comic called Twinkle. A free badge was promised in the next issue, she waited and waited and was so excited about it, but when it arrived I cried until I got it. She talked about it for years…how I took the Twinkle badge. A few years ago I found an old Twinkle badge at home, I put it in a presentation case and gave it to her as part of her Christmas present. After thirty years she got her badge back. 


Twinkle Annual 1973, Twinkle ©  D.C.Thomson&Co.,Ltd
Twinkle ©  D.C.Thomson & Co., Ltd

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