Click on the link above for the poster for my Journal Making workshop 28/11/2015 at the Customs House South Shields if you would like more information go to the Customs House website.
See here for more examples of journals that I’ve made recently and will be showing how to make at the workshop – and helping to show each participant how to make their own personal ‘take’ on their journal. I like to recycle all those throw away items that we encounter every day – packaging and wrappings that are still in pristine condition – that can be made into art.
I travelled to the Customs house in august to arrange taking my work to be displayed in the Green Room and last sunday took the ferry from Tynemouth to take a look at how they looked. Work from 4 decades ago to photoetch prints made recently using a watercolour image of Leazes Park Allotments from 4 decades ago. So still working on ideas that I find intriguing. I always wanted to make prints that I could control – the ink colour and wash effect – not just digital reproductions – truly handmade and I’ve found the printmaking process is exactly what I hoped it would be. A constant learning process to find out all the ways to exploit the very special and challenging characteristics.
Going back on the ferry I was intrigued by the wall of seaweed.
There is a display of some of my work in the Green Room at the Customs House in South Shields. A retrospective exhibition with work from 40 years ago – pencil drawings and water colours of my delivery bike, sadly given away due to lack of space and allotments in Leazes Park no longer there, among other studies. Then through to – right up to date – some of my most recent etchings and collagraph prints. I’ll be posting photographs of the display on Saturday this week. It’s free to have a look and enjoy a cup of tea at the same time – however you will have to pay for the tea….! I really enjoy the space in the Customs House and the surrounding environment, near the Tyne ferry crossing.
I’m also teaching a ‘four week Journal’ making masterclass on 28th November 10am – 3pm in the Customs House. Cost £15 per person. Full details of how to find out more and book a place on the Customs House website. See here for examples of my 4 week journals – you can learn how to make them and stitch your own personalised versions. We’ll be making tissue laminate papers using recycled materials – for example sweet wrappers, nets from vegetables, dried leaves anything and everything that looks interesting that can be pressed and glued between sheets of tissue. When you’ve learnt how to make one you will have the information to make as many as you can find time for at home with the minimum of equipment.