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soap etc., at the printmaking studio

While I was at the printmaking studio several weeks ago playing with colour, I was also working on a new creatures-in-jars-on-shelves print. Creatures-in-jars seem to be a bit of an ongoing obsession for me and since making my first ‘Curiosity Cabinet‘ screenprint over four years ago (where does the time go!) I have continued to draw new creatures, many of which I have made into little, individual screenprints. But for some time now I have had a hankering to fill a second cabinet with some of these new creatures – nothing happens too quickly in my world, but I finally got around to filling that second cabinet…

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exposed screen  |  pile o’ prints printed

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tentacles!

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cleaning/reclaiming the screen
(one of my favourite parts of the process)

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squeaky clean screen… ready for a new project!

'Curiosity Cabinet II' screenprint

‘Curiosity Cabinet II’

The resultant prints are one colour (velvety black) silkscreen prints made in a limited edition of 44. They’re available at the wonderful Otherist store in Amsterdam, and now in my Etsy shop… if it’s pickled tentacles you’re lacking in your life you know where to go!

re-purposing test and dud screenprints as gift wrap

March and April are big birthday months around here, with lots of friends and family celebrating another year on the planet. In an attempt to spring-clean and clear some much needed storage space in my studio I’ve been re-purposing test- and dud-prints from previous screenprinting projects as gift wrap, cards and gift tags…

re-purposing test and dud screenprints as gift wrap

re-purposing test and dud screenprints as gift wrap

re-purposing test and dud screenprints as gift wrap

They make for some beady-eyed packages… but so far the recipients haven’t seemed to mind being eyeballed by their birthday gifts!

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The colourful wrapping papers in the third ‘diptych’ are by
(top image) 1973 and (bottom image) Sukie

Series 2, No.6 [Brittle Star]

My ‘Wonders from a Cabinet of Curiosities’ series (or “witch’s pantry” as a friend told me her picture framer called it! ;) continues to grow. New creatures printed during my recent printmaking session include a squid, a salamander, a nautilus, sea anemones and a brittle star. They’re all available as limited edition silkscreen prints in my shop now.

Series 3 – No.1 [Nautilus] and No.3 [Salamander]
(with a much-loved and well-thumbed copy of Albertus Seba’s
epic 18th Century tome ‘Cabinet of Natural Curiosities’

For those of you who expressed an interest in seeing the colour print I alluded to in my previous post… thanks!, and I hope to blog about it soon (just need to make a few more inroads into the client deadlines that are looming before I get there).
I can tell you it involves more creatures (surprise surprise!)… not bottled this time, but still very much in grave danger.

I’m very excited to have this little accordion fold book I made, entitled “13 Wonders from a Cabinet of Curiosities”, included in an exhibition organised by Curious Matter in Jersey City and Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to the opening(s) [being some 5870 kilometres away!] but if you’re in the area pop on over to Curious Matter (from 3 April) or Proteus Gowanus (from 16 April) to see, what I am certain will be, two fascinating exhibitions.

In case the text in the above image isn’t sufficiently legible, here are the dates, times and locations again:

Please join us for two artist receptions
to celebrate our special two-part exhibition

NAMING THE ANIMALS
Curious Matter, April 3 to May 15, 2011
Proteus Gowanus, April 16 to July 17, 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011
3:00 to 6:00 pm
at CURIOUS MATTER
272 Fifth Street, Jersey City, NJ
&
Saturday, April 16, 2011
7:00 to 10:00 pm
at PROTEUS GOWANUS for Paradise III
& Naming the Animals
543 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY

"13 Wonders from a Cabinet of Curiosities", accordion fold book

A PDF version of the exhibition catalogue can be viewed here.

My book will be on display at the Proteus Gowanus venue in Brooklyn.

While in the printmaking studio a few weeks ago working on this project, I also took the opportunity to start printing the creatures that make up my second series of ‘Wonders from a Cabinet of Curiosities’. All was going swimmingly and I’d managed to successfully print most of them until, on a particularly sweltering hot day, my ink repeatedly took on the consistency* of a bucket of Hammer Horror prop blood and I ruined sheet after sheet of beautiful 400gsm watercolour paper pulling one terrible, sticky print after another.

After multiple failed attempts I decided to cut my losses and wait for cooler weather, but unfortunately not before I’d used up most of the aforementioned beautiful paper! I need to restock (it’s not as easy to come by as I’d thought) before completing the series – in the meantime these five critters have wriggled and squiggled their way into my shop

* If any of you seasoned screenprinters out there have any tips on ‘stabilising’ ink consistency over an extended period of time in a high heat environment (never thought I’d be calling Amsterdam that!) I’d love to hear them…

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Venetian grafica, part I (part II to follow, because Venice is an incredibly visually rich place – what textures! what colours! what magnificent, ancient urban decay! – and I was incapable of culling my photos down to just the ten permitted by IG in a single post!) - #venice #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #architecturalsculpture #stonework #medieval #embellishment #grotesque #chimera #water #reflections #canals #damp #edvardmunch #scream #selfie #baroque #vivaldi #scubamask #violin #owl #tourist #raven #plaguemask #pattern #colour #art #climatechange - Credits: The ‘man with violin’ street art is by Blub, based on an anonymous portrait of (probably) Antonio Vivaldi c.1723. Other artists unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
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