This design based on a flower stamen was developed from a photo image taken with a macro lens and drawn in pen and ink. The idea was inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.
I used a zinc plate, polished and degreased with a chalk and citric acid mix to enable a hard ground to be layed then ‘smoked’ which would allow for crisp line mark-making with a stylus.
The plate was then etched using nitric acid for 6 mins (20:1)
The ground and any stop was then cleaned off with paraffin, and the plate was inked up using a traditional, oil based ink, Paper was prepared by soaking for 5mins and blotting (paper on cheek test!), and stored under plastic sheet until ready for printing.
The plate was then placed on the bed of the printer on a sheet of tissue to protect the blankets from absorbtion of excess ‘size’ squeezed out from the paper during the print process; it also to protects the expensive blankets from any ink marks. The prepared paper is then carefully positioned on top of the inked plate and another sheet of tissue is layed on top of paper. The blankets are carefully placed on top of the assembly of tissue, plate, paper and tissue and the roller is turned to emboss the intaglio print into the dampened paper.
The resultant print
Note: finger prints at the top of the plate. The plate is highly vulnerable during the process and must be handled with care. I also noticed scratching across the image – this could be due to other plates coming into contact in the draw whilst in storage. I will cover plates with card and elastic bands next time. Other faults include ‘bands’ down the left and right hand sides – this was due to stop-out used to protect the edges during ‘smoking’ of the plate. I will paint much thinner lines on each side next time – if at all.
‘Be the sky in which thought clouds can dance’ – Jeff Foster
These are screen print designs based on actual windows in and around Braintree and Bocking, Essex.
Mixed media collage of paper, card and fabric. Looks better in the flesh!
Sat at the side of a field on a glorious evening with golden light and sketched this
Three posters created for Rayne Arts Festival – I was a founding member of the team. Great memories and brilliant music and comedy. Happy times!
I wanted to capture the style of the 30’s With the architecture of the rail station and the fashion of the times.
The event at Rayne Station, a disused building where the lines had been taken up as part of ‘Beeching’s axe’ of the railways in the 60’s, ran for a few years between 2011-2013.
We wanted to give a platform for young and local talent. We had singers, bands, folk bands, art, comedy – a real family treat – all in aid of developing talent and donating to ‘The Friends of Flitch Way’.
I love drawing these . . .
Pub fireplace in Bury-St-Edmonds. Warm, cosy and very welcoming.
A wonderful night out on the Southbank at the Tate and under Blackfriars Bridge. I love the atmosphere in my favourite part of London. What’s you favourite part or city?
My adorable Nephew at Kentwell – an annual Tudor reenactment where participants live like Tudors for a week in the grounds of a large Tudor mansion in Suffolk. He loved his time there – a life changing moment in his young life
He was a travelling ‘player’ for a week. They even speak the Shakespearean style language of the time when ‘on duty’.
Only in Essex! This was shot in Maldon and my grand-daughter added the hearts!
Reminded me of a Martin Parr style image.
Don’t trip over onto these little beauties, best not climb over them at all.
I was drawn to this image by the unworldliness of the landscape created by the spikes, patterns and shadow on this bridge in Chelmsford.
I was fascinated by the rythm created by these leaves on a pond in Writtle. The distribution of colour and shape is seemingly random, yet the texture is uniform
We owe everything to nature’s ability to create order from chaos.
I created this for my lovely friend who is a fashion and textile teacher I found the print block in a second hand stall in Dulwich
I love the jazzy retro feel.
Took this shot in our car – no extra lighting, just sunlight hitting the doll at just the right angle and lighting up the head! I didn’t even move its position to get this shot.
What features in your worst nightmares?
Grandchild meets Mika the cat for the first time. A magical moment captured. I created this using a photoshop filter.
We captured this couple preparing for a Halloween party at the Soho Theatre club in London . . .
A wonderful day- love the jewel-like quality of the frost and the jet black water below
A live photo-shoot
I thought this worked well as a logo
Created this for a local Braintree band
I love to draw eyes, they are jewels from where the inner light shines out.
I like using textured paper with this one wet-on-wet ink on paper.
Painted this back in 1990 and it’s still there!
Captured just before he took off
Used plywood to create this woodcut print
Created this design at Ceramics On The Hop in Writtle, using glaze on supplied pot.
I really like this grunge effect – created on the iPhone
Created this in paper and card for background to an album cover.
Designed this in one sitting. Made of pine, planed, sanded and screwed together.
So glad I captured this magical moment!
Used bleach to create interesting textures and highlight effects
Used Photoshop to create this image. Love the movement.
Used a polystyrene base from a pizza to create this image. Scratch lines show up well when inked up with a brayer.
The original plate:
Many layers in Illustrator to create this one!
Can’t remember what app I used to create this from a photo but I’m really pleased with the final image.
Meet Herrie, the Airedale. He’s a big dog and full of character. Next time I’ll suggest the outline rather than draw it. I’m pleased with it though – well I loved drawing it and that’s the main thing!
Bronze I made at Pelham Hall Sculpture Studio, (Morley College) Lambeth Walk in London.
As I developed the piece, based on a dream featuring strange, equine creatures, I become aware of how I am slightly repelled by the idea of a horse’s mouth and nose parts perhaps through conditioning or genetic imprinting – I subconsciously judge them to be unclean in some way. This led me to ponder how normally, I turn away from what I perceive to be ‘unpleasant’ but if I accept my judgement as just another ‘thought-form’ – instead of being enslaved by it, I’m set free to perceive true beauty in everything
I found the development of the idea and the whole foundry experience to be an amazing metaphor revealing the great beauty of life and for me, the end result encapsulates that insight.
Etchings using zinc plate of one of my favourite places in Essex. I used cotton buds to lift the cloud effects.
“Let life dance through your heart” Mary O’Malley
Experiments for a Welsh water bottle logo using Celtic themes of interlocking patterns suggesting the cyclic nature of life and recycling of water.
Ideas for a bronze – the shape was inspired by the horse’s flayed nostrils I have explored in other sketches. I wanted to capture the bright smooth edges and the sensual, tacktile feel of the tear-drop shapes. This might work well as bronze sculpture.
I used Derwent Pastel pencils to create this image of a pair of scissors.
These were shot using a Canon 700D with macro lens. I loved the clarity and depth of field of the the lens.
Here are some experiments and sketches inspired by Georgio O’Keefe exhibition at the Tate Modern, London.
Braintree market on a Wednesday morning. Competing banter entices shoppers hoping for a bargain.
Poster design for MINDSTOCK
Great tips on creating an effective portfolio to show to art colleges and universities.
Uni-ball Signo on black card
Bocking near Braintree, Essex: a place full of character and history.
Tissue and card spray mounted on paper. I love the texture and physical feel of theses two pieces.
Ink on envelope
Ink on lined paper
Pen on envelope
Used a the natural shape of a pebble found on the beach in Devon. Used the veins of quartz as the cells to fill in.
Ink on lined paper
A great day with a great friend
Exploring positive/ negative space and form.
Card on paper
Taken at Heybridge Basin in Essex with my good friend Helen Cherry.
Hinchingbrooke Park – beautiful and vast area; this park is full of photogenic treasures.
Creative Colony – a collaboration of Staff, resident artists and student at Chelmsford College, Essex. My contributions: