Well I made the front page of the City Chronicle, by the usual method of being in the right place at the right time. In this case I was printing at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery when the team from the Chronicle turned up to write about the ongoing issue of the use of the Fitters Workshop.
Eleesa Lee took the photograph.
One week after I finished my extended printing sessions at Megalo and I’m still feeling physically exhausted. I need some time and space to gather my thoughts on what I have done.
There was lots of energy generated working alongside other printers. The development ideas over a period of weeks was a very powerful experience.
Considering the energy I found it may not be surprising that one of the images that came to me was a burning sun – or maybe that was due to watching Stephen Hawking’s documentary series on over the same period on SBS.
Three days into an intensive session of printing at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery. Preparation for a group exhibition later this year.
The blind stitching I’ve been doing onto cardboard has proved a valuable source material for my explorations.
This is a monoprint using some of my blind stitching works.
The same pieces of work can also be used to make a texture on a screen, using techniques from a workshop I recently took with American textile artist Kerr Grabowski on deconstructed screen printing.
A woodblock printing workshop with Mr Tatsuya Ito at Megalo print studio + gallery in March encouraged me to re-look at one of the most famous woodblock series printed in Japan, the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. The Brooklyn Museum has a full set of the prints accessible on their website. What is even better is that you can zoom in and look at the details of each print. I became intrigued with the fireworks depicted in the top right hand corner of this print.
Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku Hanabi), No. 98 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 8th month of 1858. Woodblock print, Sheet: 14 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (36.2 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.98
My first response was a pencil version
and today I made a stitched version