We are absolutely delighted to say that we have been featured in Issue 3 of Pressing Matters magazine, a magazine dedicated to the art and craft of printmaking. In our article we chat about our Danish residency at Funen Printmaking Studio, day to day life working together as a collective, and each of our own personal practices.
To celebrate, we will be hosting an afternoon of free drop-in workshops at Cass Arts in Bristol!
Join us in screen printing your own tote bag for your copy of Pressing Matters, which will be available to buy throughout the afternoon. Use a classic Adana Press to print your own book mark, and use lino stamps to create your own personal design.
Find us at Cass Arts (43 - 45 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5NL) Sat 17th March, 2 - 5 pm!
Images courtesy of Pressing Matters.
We have some upcoming workshops at the Dockyard Bristol and Cato Press, more details to be revealed soon.
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We had a fantastic albeit quick weekend exhibiting our work at the Christmas Steps Gallery from 9th - 12th November. We had two rooms, one was the Denmark room, showing work we had made during our month long residency at Funen Printmaking Studio. The other was our Bristol room, showing work from before and after our visit. It was great chatting to people about our experiences, and how these experiences have shaped the way we work since.
On the Thursday evening we enticed our friends, family and passer-by’s into the gallery with hot mulled wine and Danish inspired sweet treats, it really was a lovely evening. Thank you to everyone who came along, we really appreciate it! And of course thank you to everyone that visited us over the weekend, we had some really exciting conversations. Thank you also to Steve Norton, who thankfully took better photos than we did!
On October 14th, we were lucky enough to host a workshop at the gorgeous Cato Press studios based in Easton, Bristol. It was also our very first Collagraph Printmaking workshop and it went down a treat! We spent the morning sticking and varnishing textured materials to cardboard plates to create our images. Once they were dry, we inked them up and used the big hand built press to print with.
We had such a great time there, we most certainly will be back!
Wow! We have had an incredible month in the Funen Print Studio. It was really hard saying goodbye to all of our new friends, who were so generous with their time, sharing their knowledge and skills, letting us nose around their studios, and taking us out on trips when we got cabin fever from frantically printing 10 hours a day, up to our elbows in ink.
We did our best to cram in as much sight seeing as we could in between printing, visiting old Viking towns like Ribe, making our way around the enormous and gorgeous art gallery in Aarhus, going underground in Copenhagen to see an installation at the Cisterne gallery, driving to the West Coast to visit old abandoned bunkers…but anyway, back to printing!
Jemma found herself some ruins to work from (turns out they are difficult to find in Denmark!). Choosing to focus on the dilapidated industrial buildings that could be found on the harbour, she experimented with etching, stone lithography and monoprinting.
Vicky went on a stamping spree, carving out stamps to create a big jumbled map of Odense. The town is currently undergoing a lot of building work, so Vicky wanted to portray the confusion of all the constantly changing temporary pathways that the builders created every day. She also printed her first ever stone litho!
And Lisa reintroduced herself to etching, getting to grips with soft ground, hard ground and aquatint. She also stamped a pattern onto fabric, inspired by the vast amount of plum trees we picked from in the countryside. She discovered that there was such a thing as a ‘Danish Knot’ within embroidery, so decided to use it to stitch the plums onto the trees.
If you want to see more from our own experiences on the residency, you can find our Instagram accounts by clicking on our names above.
It’s been a whirlwind of an experience, and we couldn’t have done it without your support! Now that we are back, we are busy editioning our prints to send to our lovely Kickstarter supporters. Can we ever thank you enough?
As part of BPC in Denmark we were invited to deliver a printmaking workshop at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum as part of the week long festival celebrating the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. We delivered two 2 hour workshops and over 80 children from all over the world took part throughout the day. We used relief printing with styrofoam to make fairy tales books, using a fairy tale dice that we created that helped start the children’s imagination to make their stories. We were happy to have such a great turn out and such a diverse mix of families from all over the world who were visiting Odense for the HCA festival.
This weekend we had fun running a printmaking workshop at Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. We invited people to carve a lino stamp relating to what they felt was important to them relating to Unison and the festival. A large range of wonderful stamps were created from nurses to fireman, showing a strong love for our public services and beyond. Thank you to everyone who joined us in the Unison tent!