Christmas Linocut Card – Robin on holly in snow

What could be more festive at Christmas than a lovely chirpy Robin perched on holly with snow falling to blanket everything white. The only colour that stands out in such a white world is the red berries and the robin’s red breast.

Printed in caligo ink with hand colouring in watercolour. Card A6

Now available for sale in my Etsy shop http://etsy.me/1TOEzMR

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Also for sale is last years Christmas linocut design Partridge & Pear http://etsy.me/1TOHw0b

Or buy both designs to get a discount  http://etsy.me/1HOHALQ

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Editioning – Moth

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Still editioning my ‘Moth’ artists’ book; pages are curing, then to cut, fold and glue; then box making.

If you would like to purchase one and it isn’t stocked in my Etsy shop; please email me which one you would like and I can make it as a priority, email  catamongthepigeonspress@gmail.com

You can read all about ‘Moth and see the finished books in this blog post.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

New Artists’ Book – Moth

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I have at finished making the first books of a new artists’ book I have been working on since 2012! It has been a labour of love. The book is called ‘Moth’, it is a shaped concertina that opens up at the folds at approximately a 45 degree angle. This means it opens up in a circular motion rather like apple peel. One ‘page’ consists of a moth folded in half and then it is attached to the next ‘moth page’ at the wingtip at a 45 degree angle. On one side of the concertina, the ‘inside’ pages consist of faint grey line drawings of various moths with a poem in black text overlaid on top. The ‘outside’ of the concertina features an image of a moth in full colour, repeating page by page.

The poem is about moths that are attracted by artificial lights, and their ultimately futile circling around and around these lights to no purpose. The shape of the concertina opening in a circle reflects this motion. The typeface I have used for the poem has scratchy and splotchy letters in different weights and sizes, the idea was if a moth could write what would the letters look like! The poem reads

Confused, lost in light

exhausted fluttering

suspends gold pinpoints

in beams glittering

a trail captured

chaotic wing beats

that change nothing

night after night

lost, confused in light

I chose to illustrate three moths; Kentish Glory, Cinnabar and White Prominent; two moths that I had recently spotted and after research one that I liked the look of, that complimented the other two.  I adapted the illustrations to the form of my book so they are not anatomically correct, rather they carry similar marks of these moth species.

I decided to box my ‘Moth’ books in my idea of a specimen box; reflecting moth specimen collections, moths easily lured by artificial lights to obtain them. The containing box is brown card, folded and glued with an acetate window, hand printed in black ink. The ‘Moth’ concertina is printed with six colour Epson inkjets onto Epson Matte Heavyweight Inkjet Paper; the concertina consists of 9 moth pages, 3 moths printed to one A4 page and then cut, folded and attached to the next set of three moths.

Approximate Dimensions ‘Moth’ – one open moth page   L = 15.5cm   H = 6.5cm

Approximate Dimensions Box   L = 16.3cm   W = 7.5cm   H = 4cm

I intend to make 10 sets of each moth species, an edition totalling 30. So far I have made 3 and two boxes, so a long way to go. You can buy the two finished boxed ‘Moths’ here online.

(Note on Sept 2014 – there are no ‘Moths’ in-stock right now; they are quite time-consuming to make, and so are produced slowly. I will be stocking them again; let me know which one you would like to purchase and I can make that up as a priority. Email catamongthepigeonspress@gmail.com)

I would love to hear what you think of my ‘Moth’ concertinas.

 

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Crafty Fox Easter Market March 2013

Today I am snug in bed; but yesterday I braved the snow fall to visit the Crafty Fox Easter Market with my friend Ruth from i am acrylic.  Crafty Fox Market specialises in handmade, craft and vintage; and thankfully it was taking place indoors at The Dogstar pub/venue in Brixton. By the way this time last year in was 25 °C here in London.

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It was a lovely market; stall holders handpicked by Crazy Fox making for a great selection of items, and I saw quite a few Etsy sellers that I am familiar with too. So now to give a shout out to a few of my favourites:

Jimbobart  – fantastic hand drawn characters on ceramics; I especially like ‘Super Badger’ painted across 4 espresso mugs.

Jonna X Kangan – fantastic screenprinted textile – love the neon geometric printed cushions.

i wish i was a – wonderful handmade costumes for dressing up, the feather headresses and super hero masks were brilliant.

Pygmy Cloud – beautifully made felt stitched animals and weather. My friend bought a little penguin with a printed face – super cute.

Alice Shields – illustrations and ceramic design, particularly drawn to her ‘downstairs loo’ sign.

Anna Wiscombe – painted wood products; the subtle colours perfectly painted wooden bird brooches were my favourites on this stall.

Lucie Ellen – novel jewellery designs, a fine example – Tito the Owl Brooch

I bought these wonderful screenprinted cards by karoline made this.

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And lastly check out this wonderful shell themed light in the girls loos; love it!

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And Now For Something Completely Different – Making Christmas Clay Decorations – Stage 3

Every Christmas I do enjoy a bit of homemade making of Christmas Decorations; in recent years I have been making 3D, flat, and sewn paper decorations. This year I thought I’d try my hand at some ceramic hanging decorations. In the first stage I cut out the designs from clay; in the second stage I decorated the clay shapes with acrylic paint and strung them on different types of decorative string.

As I am giving the sets of decorations away as Christmas gifts I wanted to package them. I just made simple cardboard boxes with lids from green card that I had; I then decorated a couple of the box lids with coloured stickers ; another two with drawn  Christmas trees and another two I left plain. As I had some white tissue paper I cut it into squares with scissors that had serrated blades, I used the white paper as padding in the boxes. I tied the boxes up with decorative ribbons and name tags. I think they make cute little gift boxes to go under the tree or in a stocking.

(Photographs © Catherine Cronin)

And Now For Something Completely Different – Making Christmas Clay Decorations – Stage 2

Every Christmas I do enjoy a bit of homemade making of Christmas Decorations; in recent years I have been making 3D, flat, and sewn paper decorations. This year I thought I’d try my hand at some ceramic hanging decorations. In the first stage I cut out the designs from clay. So here is the second stage: I used acrylic paint to decorate the dry clay shapes. I built up the depth of colour in 2 to 3 layers of paint. I made different coloured sets: blue-silver; red-gold; red-green; silver-white; yellow-green; and blue-orange; as I want to give the sets away as gifts. I varnished them with acrylic gloss medium. Once they were completely dry I strung them on different types of decorative string. I used sewing needles to push through stubborn threads. I am thinking about making bespoke boxes to put the sets of decorations in; I need to experiment a bit first; so the final stage will be about making the packaging.

(Photographs © Catherine Cronin)

And Now For Something Completely Different – Making Christmas Clay Decorations – Stage 1

Every Christmas I do enjoy a bit of homemade making of Christmas Decorations; in recent years I have been making 3D, flat, and sewn paper decorations. This year I thought I’d try my hand at some ceramic hanging decorations. So here is the first stage: I used cookie cutters to cut out shapes from air-dry clay which I rolled flat with a rolling pin. I have pressed various items, such as textile leaves, a round pencil, a sewing roller tool and a ceramic needle tool, into some of the clay shapes to get interesting textures. I used a ceramic needle tool to make holes in the shapes so that later I can thread them with ribbon or thread for hanging. I need to wait about a week before I can start to decorate the clay shapes.

(All photographs © Catherine Cronin)