Originally posted on 5th August 2015.
Right, I’ve just managed to locate my WordPress password and log back onto my much-neglected blog site after an absence of just over one year. Quite a lot has happened over the last 12 months, not least my continuing to explore my intaglio printmaking side following an excellent short drypoint and etching course run by Jo Hounsome at Bristol’s SpikePrint studio early last year. These mediums have allowed me to create prints inspired by great printmakers such as Janes McNeill Whistler and Ernest David Roth who recorded the beautiful architecture of Venice in etchings during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The last 12 months has also seen the start of my involvement in BSpoke16, a local Art Fair held just north of Bristol, set up by local printmaker Kathryn Williams. These fairs, as well as giving the obvious benefit of selling my work, are a great opportunity to meet up with other sellers and gain a valuable insite into what items of my work, clicks with buyers.
Also, in recent weeks, I have been concentrating on my second book, made up of letterpress type (Bodoni of course!) and printed scans of my early drypoint prints. A small Boke of Iford, is my own small tribute to Harold A. Peto, who in the early 20th century, created an Italianate Garden masterpiece in the grounds of the newly acquired Iford Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. Recently, I managed to unearth a collection of photographs taken at the Peto Gardens, during a visit ten years before. I have always wanted to created something inspired by this visit, and my engagement with the process of drypoint has given me the opportunity to do this in a book.
I am hoping to complete this project in the coming couple of months, so will provide an update as soon as all pages and covers are printed and bound.