Sunday, 27 March 2011

Hole of Horcum

One Sunday, a month or more ago we set out for a walk around the Hole of Horcum up on the North York Moors. The Hole is a hugh natural depression surrounded by heather moorland to the west and pasture and patches of woodland to the east and rich in archaeological remains. Our circular walk took us across the moorland around the edge of the hole down a steep and very deep "griff" and then along the crinklely course of Leavisham Beck before climbing up out of the Hole to the end. Being February it rained of course... and then some. So, unusually for me, no photos record our trek. This vexed me slightly as we sat steaming next to the radiator in a lovely cafe in Pickering but I resolved there was nevertheless a print in the experience. I am by training and profession a map maker of sorts, I create plans of archaeological features from air photos so I decided to turn to the air photos and historic maps for inspiration. For this print I've used the intriguing oak leaf shape of this geological anomaly as the basis and referenced some of the mapping conventions used by 19th century surveyors. The green shows the grassed sides of the Hole, the purple the heather and moorland with little bundles of bog cotton and flashes of green where last season's burning has stimulated new growth.  It was a struggle to overcome my slightly pedantic urge for an accurate spatial representation (as demanded by my day job )b ut I managed to override it in the end. Oh and I managed to ignore all the  amazing archaeology too!   

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Its been a busy old couple of weeks. Not in an overly eventful way just with lots of little jobs and loose ends to tidy.

I popped over to the Bowery in Leeds last weekend to drop off another Betty's Hen print. There's just a few more weeks to catch my Hen and Thief exhibition over there. I've dropped off a few replacements for sold work over the 3 months but I won't get a tally of the sales until the end so I'm quite excited to hear how its gone.

I did find out earlier this week that I have been accepted for the next Art Market at Holmfirth on the 12th June. This is a wonderful event run over two weekends (there will be different exhibitors on the 5th June). Its superbly organised and brings in a wonderful range of people who are really interested in art and craft. Needless to say the quality of work on show is very high so I am really very pleased to have been offered a stall again this year. Lots of work to do in preparation! 

Its great to see my cheeky magpie flying with the rest of the L.ttle Bird  flock at The Dukes in Lancaster. I was hoping to get across to see the exhibition but this probably won't happen but luckily they have posted some great photos here. Fingers crossed for this fundraiser.

I've managed to squeeze in a couple of hours linocutting and printing too. I've printed some old favourites in some fresh colours for spring and i've half-printed a new one but i'll leave that for later.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

New Stockist!

Me and Mrs Fisher
18 Lord Mayor's Walk
YO31 7HA
(easily recognisable by the wonderful old Bile Beans painted ad on the side of the building)

This cosy gem offers all sorts of handmade and cake loveliness 
and opportunities to learn and develop new crafts 
(and great coffee, of course!)
See Facebook for more info.

Save the Children Japan Emergency Appeal

£2.50 from each sale will be passed to the 

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Little Bird

This little fella is about to fly off and join the Little Bird flock that is gathering at The Dukes in Lancaster in support of Women for Women International.

He's a 3-D version of my "In the Frame" magpie lino print, mounted on 2 sheets of ply, backed with a lovely magpie-coloured chiyogami, then bonded to a small wedge of foam board covered with the same paper. 

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Friday, 4 March 2011

Folksy Friday

Aqua and a splash of raspberry - what a combination! 
I love all of these from fellow Folksy sellers..

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