SMALL FORMAT 2017

Opportunity: Small Format 2017

Deadline: 4th August 2017

Entry Fee: €20

Details: SMALL FORMAT is an International Mini Print exhibition organised by Black Church Print Studio promoting the diversity and creative processes of printmaking. This is a new addition to Black Church Print Studio’s program. This invitation is open to professional artists nationally and internationally. Images made using all printmaking techniques from traditional techniques such as lithography, relief, screen, etching to contemporary digital processes will be accepted. All works should measure 30cm × 30cm. SMALL FORMAT will be exhibited in the prime location of The Library Project in Temple Bar in Sept 2017.

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Squash Screenprint

I carried on my recent screenprinting adventures by signing up for a second course at City Lit. This would consist of 5 sessions, 3 hours long. This time I wanted to try to get away from thinking about printed layers as in a linocut print; which is sort of what I did when I made my flower screenprint. Though I am pleased with that result, I wanted to explore more what screenprinting can do as its own medium. Two things I was interested in exploring was painting into the screen and pulling monoprints, and making a halftone photo-stencil which would convey tones.

I wanted to use my recent squash watercolour work for my photo-stencil. I combined in Photoshop a collaged image that showed a range of tones as grayscale and so should work as a halftone image. Halftoning is where the image is made up of a variety of dots, similar to printed newspapers. The final image below in black and white is the image I used to make a halftone photo-stencil.

For the first layers of my screenprint; I combined painting into the screen and pulling monoprints; and then using a paper stencil to print a slightly transparent teal colour on top. This meant that all the backgrounds would be slightly different.

I really like these backgrounds, but I was worried that as they have strong colour and bold shapes, my squash photo-stencil would get too lost when printed on top. In screenprinting to get an opaque colour you need to add white, which makes it difficult to get strong opaque dark colours.

I wanted to print my photo-stencil in red; below is a screenprint of just the stencil on its own; and then printed in red on top of my printed layered background. I admit I was disappointed, I did think that the red squash did not jump to the foreground enough; so I switched to the darkest and most opaque ink – black. I printed my series in black ink; but on reflection I now think I prefer the red inked squash! I would be very interested to know your thoughts on these final images?

I have really enjoyed screenprinting and I think it suits my figurative style of drawing, especially when combining monoprinting, paper stencils and photo-stencils. I look forward to continue  to work with monoprinting and paper stencils in my home studio; probably combining with linocut printing too.

(© Catherine Cronin)

Serpentine Pavilion 2017 & Italian Water Gardens

On Monday I paid a visit to the Serpentine Pavilion for 2017 by architect Francis Kéré; and I planned on seeing the Grayson Perry exhibition in the Serpentine Gallery too, but it was closed! I really liked this years pavilion; on a smallish scale compared to previous years it is a friendly and domestic space. The repeating triangular patterns in roof and walls is very effective; and apparently if it rains the cleverly sloping roof would bestow a waterfall into the middle of the structure for those inside in the dry to admire. I urge you to read more about the design on the gallery’s website.

To get to the Pavilion I entered Hyde Park through the gate near Lancaster Gate Underground Station; through which you are met with the wonderful sight of the Italian Water Gardens. This garden is 150 years old and believed to be a gift from Price Albert to Queen Victoria.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

TALK – RAVILIOUS AND FRIENDS

Event: Talk – Ravilious and Friends with author and curator Andy Friend

Location: The Keep Archives, The Keep, Brighton

Date: 27th June 2017

Details: Eric Ravilious was at the centre of one of the most influential networks of English artist designers of the 20th century. Andy Friend, author of Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship and co-curator of the Towner Art Gallery’s exhibition of the same name, has spent more than ten years researching the relationships and collaborations within the group, some of whom are well-represented in The Keep’s archives. In this talk, he will discuss the rich vein of new material it revealed. Signed copies of the book, published by Thames & Hudson, will be for sale on the day.

£10 per person including a glass of sparkling wine or soft drink. Advance booking and payment essential ; please call 01273 482349 to reserve your place.

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INTERNATIONAL MINI PRINT EXHIBITION

Opportunity: International Mini Print Exhibition

Deadline: August 5th 2017

Entry Fee: Non-Members $35, Members $30

Prizes: 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place:  $300, 3rd Place:   $200

All funds will be paid in US dollars.

​PURCHASE AWARDS

Purchase Purchase awards in the form of gift cards and/or merchandise are made from art supply retailers. The retailer presenting the award receives the selected print directly from MGC. This year’s supporters include:

  • Awagami Paper Factory – 100 sheets of editioning papers worth $500
  • DaVinci Artist Supply – $150 Gift Card
  • Blick Art Materials – $100 Gift Card

Details: The Manhattan Graphics Center (MGC) announces its 3rd juried competition and exhibition devoted to miniature prints. Last year, 222 artists from over 30 countries submitted work to this exhibition, bringing together a diverse representation of the print world today.

The 3rd New York International Miniature Print Exhibition will take place from October 28 – November 28…

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