Wednesday, 22 February 2017


I am lucky enough to have 2 places to work. And this morning it is the shed in my garden.
I shared my garden with this little chap. I don't get many birds visitors, which is why it really lifts my spirits when I do.
Walking to work is becoming thrilling, as I stroll to the shed I can see spring 
pushing it's way through.
Organised chaos honestly, I know where almost everything is!
Today I am constructing the next installation project for Echos in Enamel, the Arts Council Funded project I am doing with the Museum in the Park, Stroud
Not enamel this time, but printed feathers. I am looking at the letters sent to and fro from home to the front during the First World War.
I think it will be a soft, emotional piece.
It is packed and ready to install at the Museum at the end of March.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

HOW TO...?

Can't get to a workshop at
Get a leaflet with printmaking top tips.
These 2 'How To' leaflets cover the basics of my signature techniques, Collagraph printmaking and Gum Arabic Transfer. They might not be the same as coming on a workshop, but they might ignite your creativity. 
I am happy to post you a leaflet, cost £6 for one or £10 for both, to include P&P, please let me have your address and as soon as I have the payment I will get it into the post.
Email me at for the details. 

Friday, 17 February 2017


I have once again set myself the challenge of a print a month in 2017,
here I am working on February's offering. I do find myself rarely straying from the original drawing.
The plate is grey board with glue and carborundum giving me a variety of tones.
Hot off the press and
hanging to dry at the yard:ARTspace
Here is the completed collagraph with the odd touch of water colour.
I have been enjoying teaching the 10 week courses at the yard, we have been exploring a dry point technique and
 encouraging everyone to make a couple of plates that can be printed together.
The dry point plate is made from file cover plastic and self adhesive tapes and shapes. Here I have printed with a rusted tissue paper chine collee.
A super flexible technique that can be printed with a collagraph back ground.
the yard:ARTspace is half way through it's 10 week term, if you would like to join the collagraph course take a look at the website for details,

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


The second workshop of the year at the yard:ARTspace. was Quick Collagraph.
In one day you can make several collagraph plates, ink and print.
Fueled by Tunnock's and Hobnobs it was an energetic and exciting day.
Everyone kicked off the day 
making 2 plates and 
printing colour overlays within an hour
of being at the yard.
The results were detailed,
glowing and
By the afternoon everyone had settled down
to making larger pieces.
Blended colour and
chine collee added different dimensions to the work.
We had a great day
and everyone went home with lots of prints.
There are lots of workshops planned this year at the yard:ARTspace, check for details.

Thursday, 26 January 2017


A few weeks ago I went on a little trip, 
I dropped work off at this gorgeous gallery, Artichoke Gallery at Ticehurst...this is near Hastings. I am showing collagraphs in their All Shapes and Sizes Exhibition on until March 25.
From there I went on to spend the weekend with my daughter, Holly who works at the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire.
We had a delightful mooch around Hertford which is home to
a gorgeous museum.
Did you know that this is where the toothbrush was developed?
The town is full of beautiful Victorian brick buildings...just passing honestly!
The rest of the time was spent wandering around the Foundation grounds, these are Henry Moore's cactus's! 
The countryside still had it's winter colour,
but spring is trying to make a break.
Come Easter the Foundation will be open to visitors, I urge you to go, it is wonderful.
Thank you Holly for my relaxing weekend.

Monday, 16 January 2017


A new year and a new term at the yard:ARTspace and off we go with a spring in our step.
The ten week course has got going with dry point plates and I am looking forward to exploring multi plate printing and over laying colours.
The first weekend workshop of the year took place , energetic and exciting, 
fueled with custard creams and 
enriched by this lovely chartreuse green mixed for me by Hawthorn Printmaker Suppliers to match the yards corporate colour.
Concentration was the order of the weekend.
And lots and lots
of beautiful
mixed media and gum arabic transfer printed
booklets were made.
Everyone went away inspired to 
use that stash of random artists materials
we all collect over time and forget how
to use.
A great start to the year, a lovely bunch 
of excited, creative people. Check out the website for what is yet to come.