Thursday, 21 April 2016

Kerry Hedgerow
‘Kerry Hedgerow’ had its beginnings in bike rides along the lanes of around Cahersiveen and Valentia Island (County Kerry, Ireland) last summer. These lanes are lined with a dark canopy of blue-green leaves held by long pink stems that drip with pink and purple bells and an understorey of bright green blades and stunning orange florets. The fuchsias, natives of South America were introduced as a hedging plant over a 100 years ago and the crocosmias are of South African in origin.

The snaps I took of these hedges …

Became a quick sketch at the time ….

And then much later a half-finished watercolour ….

As a means of planning for a lino print.
The lino print was created from two blocks, one for the greens and one for the oranges and pinks …


And after four different layers of green, two pinks, two oranges and a purple, much complex, mind-boggling carving and 189 spins through the press I have an edition of 21 prints. Available in my Folksy shop and my Etsy shop (Special introductory price until 24th April).

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Prints of 2015

I started this year with a couple of prints based on drawings, paintings and photos made and taken the previous summer in Dumfries and Galloway: the tiny harbour village of Portpatrick and ringed plovers scuttling along the tideline in New England Bay.

A trip to Denmark and the Vikingeskibsmuseet (Viking Ship Museum) inspired my next print, a much more stripped back design and more akin to my earlier Hardraw Force and Oystercatchers pieces.

Viking Ships III (c) Alison Deegan 2015

Then a small group of floral prints, prepared for an exhibition and working from studies made on trips to the south-west of Ireland and Flamborough Head.

Flamborough Hedgerow (c) Alison Deegan 2015

Rossbeigh Dune Viola (c) Alison Deegan 2015

Rossbeigh Sea Holly (c) Alison Deegan 2015

My last printing project of the year is an ongoing collage developing from a series of small lino prints I created over the month of October.

October Patchwork II (c) Alison Deegan 2015

Happy New Year :-)

Friday, 9 October 2015

#printoctober days 2 to 9

 I'm aiming to make 18 of these little prints and then spend some time experimenting with different arrangements and colours. Check on my progress and see the work of other printmakers on twitter #printoctober.

I am donating £3.00 from the sale of each little 'Cobnuts' print to the Save the Children Refugee Crisis Appeal

Click on the image to buy. 

Friday, 11 September 2015

On dulse

Dulse (Seaweed) Seasoning.

Collect fresh dulse from idyllic Scottish beach. 

Beach near Mull of Galloway

Carry in rucksack for rest of day.
Rinse prodigiously under cold tap water.
Leave to dry.
Leave to dry some more.
Leave to dry for a bit longer.
Pop it in a (cold) oven because the smell is beginning to overpower the caravan.
Nonchantly dispose of damp seaweed and hope the the rabbits will eat it

campsite rabbits

Collect fresh dulse from idyllic Scottish beach. 

nope, none of this is dulse but pretty isn’t it?

Wash dulse in campsite sinks and hope no one else comes in to see your madness.
Leave to dry.
Dry in a very low oven.
Turn occasionally.
Ignore the smell.
Consider it dry enough (it probably isn’t).
Heat pan of oil – not olive unless it is all that you have (it was).
Add driest piece of dulse and watch it crisp
Remove, cool, taste and marvel at its subtle burnt flavour.
Add a not-so dry piece.
Try not to panic as damp dulse hits oil and spits violently (feel reassured that caravan has fire blanket but ask family to vacate the vehicle just in case).
Remove, cool, taste and chew.
And chew some more.
And a bit more.
Repeat cooking and store fried seaweed.
One week later remember to retrieve fried seaweed from caravan. 
Fried dulse. And yes it was red until I fried it.

 Consider fried dulse's best use is probably in the compost bin.


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