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art collage

Fabric Friday

Recent Fridays in the studio have been wonderful collage inspired days, raiding my colleague’s fabric box to explore a selection of linens, cottons and silks. These three material based mixed-media collages developed over the past few weeks and were finally mounted onto 300g paper yesterday. All are approximately A2 in size un-framed.

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art collage

March collages

A few quick sketches that committed some ideas to paper have recently been influencing the layout and development of three new paper cut-out collages.

There is a light that never goes out: hand-cut paper collage, A4 size, 2021
Strawberry Ice: collage, A4 size, 2021
Colour Insertion: hand-cut paper collage. A4 size, 2021
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art collage photography

Beyond the frame

Beyond the frame: a developing series of experimental collages expanding around Polaroid instant film images. Drawing upon a diverse range instant photographic materials, including Polachrome/Polapan slide, SX70 and type100 film bases, these mixed-media works seek to expand a view beyond the confines/borders of original instant photographs.

Cube: Polachrome 35mm slide
White Mountain: Polapan 35mm slide
House of Veils: Polapan 35mm slide

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art image

La mélancolie cyanotypes

Recent sunshine has aided the development of some new image making using cyanotype treated cotton fabric with its rich deep ultramarine hues. The photograms collectively connect with a sense of loss, of passing and quiet melancholy that can be glimpsed lying just under the surface of contemporary experience. This is not so much about sorrowful songs but more the realisation of the existence of a new reality: the ‘new normal’. Ideas and images develop against the backdrop of a contemplative blues tinted landscape.

We Fade – cyanotype on cotton fabric: an inevitable metamorphosis from youth to decay, played by evergreen magnolia leaves.
Les Vagues – cyanotype on cotton fabric: the waves continuously roll in on a tide. They have done so long before we arrived, rolling constantly throughout life, and will continue long after we depart.
Les fleurs du silence – cyanotype on cotton fabric: A lone stem in death still holds on to the memory of tiny flowers against a backdrop of bare inanimate stems that fade into the silent shadows.

cyanotype #fabric #blue #lensless #photography #photogram #sunprint #dadartistsathome #covid19artistsathome #eastcliffcreatives

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art printmaking Sketchbook

Adventures in frottage

Developing some ideas on paper following an inspiring frottage and monoprint workshop led by Amanda Thesiger for Dover Arts Development as part of the Doverprintfest 2020. Old carved woodcut blocks under newsprint provide texture to rub with conte pastel.

woodcut block/card/string frottage on newsprint
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art

La Montagne travels to Brooklyn

There is a tangible sense of achievement once a sketchbook project is concluded, a process has taken place from start to finish; from cover to cover. In reality however, it is never really completed, as there will always be ‘that’ little detail or textual element to enhance or embellish.

‘La Montagne’ is my most recent sketchbook, exploring geometric mountain-like forms, collaged onto a pre-defined booklet supplied by The Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn NY. With paper cut-outs assembled and mounted into position, my sketchbook was registered onto the project website to obtain its unique searchable barcode, before being placed in the post to commence its transatlantic voyage to the real-life library in New York.

This is quite an emotional feeling, a parting in as much as I will never see the sketchbook in its physical form again – or be able to add anything further to the ideas / collages mounted within. It will now reside on a different continent, catalogued and viewable within the offline library there, before being scanned into the projects’ online library and finally viewable worldwide across the web. Although never to return home to its studio of origin, I will see updates from time to time about its interactions and the places it visits, so we will never really lose touch.