Pink Poodle Linocut

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The other week, whilst showing my sister how to linocut, I made a simple Valentine’s card with a pink poodle on it (not much to do with Valentine’s I know!)

I have been working on a few projects over the last couple of weeks, which I am hoping to be able show you soon, one of which was a submission to the Secret 7″ project, fingers crossed!

Cambridge Original Printmakers Exhibition

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During the weekend I also visited the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition. The exhibition includes over 40 local printmakers, both established and up and coming. The event also hosts guest speakers and printmaking demonstrations, for example I saw a demonstration of Chinese Woodblock Printing by St. Barnabas Press.

Highlights from the exhibition include, Andy English, Geri Waddington, Louise Stebbing, Kate Heiss, Nina Sage, John Douglas Piper, Tania Scott Durrant and many more!

The exhibition runs until the 5th October 2014, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about printmaking and even buy original prints!

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Exhibition

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Demonstrations

My Week

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For me last week was full of artwork, visting several exhibitions and even working on an illustration for The Serco Prize for Illustration. The week began with an unfortunate trip to A&E, but there was a display of several printmakers in one of the corridors, including work by Gail Brodholt (pictured) and Max Angus. Gail’s work includes colourful depictions of London Transport and the medium is mainly linocut, which combines two of my favourite things! I am fascinated by how many colours she manages to include in her prints! Max Angus is also a linocut artist, in contrast to Brodholt his work focuses on scenes of nature, including birds, sea and landscapes. He has produced some lovely graphic prints.

To find out about the rest of my week read the next blog posts.

My New Book Press

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For a little while now I have thought about how nice it would be to have a press. Not having much space or funds for a big press I quite fancied getting a book press to do smaller prints on, so I kept an eye out for one. The ones I saw online were out of my area and price range so I didn’t think I had much chance of getting one. One of my interests is old bottles and breweriana and by coincidence a place was recommended for me to visit. It was The Reindeer Pub in Saxon Street, Suffolk, which is not just a pub but a collectables shop! I was in my element looking at all the great stuff when I came across a couple of book presses tucked away under a table. The pub owner told me he got them from a museum which closed down and after a little research I found out they came from the now closed Sutton Windmill and Broads Museum. I know it isn’t perfect as one of the wings are missing, but it works just as well and I am excited that now have a press of my own to play with! Now to give it a good clean…

Winning Entry For CSV ‘Young People Can Do Great Things…’ Poster Competition

My image for the CSV ‘Young People Can Do Great Things…’ poster competition was chosen as the winning entry by Catherine Flood, Print Curator at the V&A. I received a signed copy of her book in the post today! I also got feedback from Catherine: ‘I think this is a strong idea with a clear and memorable graphic. I like the way the designer has used colour to enhance the text and speak directly to the viewer.’ Read about the competition here.

View my entry for the CSV ‘Young People Can Do Great Things…’ poster competition.

CSV ‘Young People Can Do Great Things…’ Poster Competition

alyx_hardy_csvposterI have entered a poster competition being run by the volunteering charity CSV, which is asking entrants to design a poster based on the slogan ‘Young people can do great things…if you give us a chance…’ The competition is to be judged by Catherine Flood, the Print Curator at the V&A Museum. My entry is a linocut with digital text. Find out more about the competition here.