Thursday, 27 October 2016


But a lovely one as I welcome the talented, skillful and patient Catherine Kingzett to the yard:ARTspace to teach, Drawing with your Sewing Machine.
With dramatic autumn skies outside the yard we were all snug and ready to be inspired.
Catherine bought along mouth watering examples and
delicious bits for us to use.
We had a masterclass in threads a world completely new to me.
Our first task was to get to grips with our own machines of which a couple
were rather classic, cool examples.
We all tentatively set off doodling and experimenting with what 
our sewing machines could cope with.
But under the sympathetic eye of Catherine we were all having fun and loosing our fears.
Being given permission to play is what a workshop is all about and
everyone made these lovely sample pieces.
Even moving onto a more considered project.
I am so looking forward to having Catherine back next year at the yard:ARTspace with her Stitch a Month class starting on the 16 January.

Friday, 21 October 2016


Half term is now upon us and we are half way through the 10 week printmaking course at the yard:ARTspace.
My 3 classes, morning, afternoon and evening have been exploring 
collagraph plate making using glue and carborundum to create 
textures and tones. 
These small experimental plates were printed last week,  
Just a couple of blended colours and chine collee. 
But this week things got serious with the application of  
viscocity inking. 
You can see the difference this inking technique makes to a plate, plain intaglio inking with chine collee on the right, viscocity inking on the left, using the same plate. 
And off they went, feverishly inking all the plates they had  
made so far 
Plates and prints together here. 
Viscosity involves first rolling a runny ink over an inked plate, then a sticky ink.  
Simple?, Well yes once you get the hang of it.
Vibrant colour is created with just one inking. 
The rest of the course will involve everyone getting their heads around making 
plates that will give them the effect they want from this glorious inking technique.
I can't wait.

If you would like to join the 2017 Spring term, 10 week printmaking course at the yard:ARTspace, Cheltenham go to for booking details.

Sunday, 16 October 2016


I had a weekend off from teaching at the yard:ARTspace, but the Work Room was taken over by the 
talented artist, book maker Lesley Crawley.
Lesley had generously agreed to run a handmade book binding workshop and
in her dexterous, capable hands everyone learnt various stitch methods of binding.
Providing everyone with a notebook, so no excuses for not writing down instructions, Lesley
guided everyone gently through the 
art of decorative stitch binding.
Lots of new vocabulary was learnt along the way, awl, I kept popping in and out because the atmosphere was full of energy and banter, just how I like a workshop.
Everyone made something gorgeous to take home,
Lesley has promised to make a return trip from darkest Wales to run another workshop in 2017, in fact I have emailed her some dates...I can't wait to have her generous spirit and sense of humour back here!

Monday, 3 October 2016

MORE GOINGS ON AT the yard:ARTspace

So I have had a quiet week really here at the yard:ARTspace.
But at the weekend I was delighted to have a group making and printing collagraphs made with carborundum.
Saturday was frenetic, I asked them to make several small plates, dry and seal them so we could print before lunch.
And look at them go, this is just a small example of what was produced.
In the afternoon I 'made' them double the size of their plate making.
Allowing for over night drying, Sunday morning found us
using chine collee adding
colour to the work.
Once chine collee
had been mastered it was
onto viscosity inking.
This process was the cause of several oohs and ahhs.
I have to admit looking back at the weekend I did pack lots of content in, I suggest a high protein diet and an early night before my weekend workshops. But I was delighted with everyone's energetic, spontaneous images and how quickly everyone got the hang of inking. Thank you for a lovely weekend.