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Hand printed edition from an antique woodblock

paper-works* was recently been commissioned to create an edition from an original antique woodblock. The woodblock, thought to date from the early 19th century, was of substantial size and thickness. It remains true and flat so with careful adjustment, a thick blanket and a flexible pressure plate the block was carefully passed though our large manual press . The resulting prints reveal a delicacy and fine detail in stark contrast to the dark heavy nature of the block itself. Using our  water washable vegetable oil based inks the block was cleaned with vegetable oil only to avoid moisture movement in the block

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Dry Point Day Course at the Fisher Theatre

 

On the last day of our exhibition at the Fisher Theatre we held a dry point day course in the Gallery space. Following on from other events held away from our studio we’re getting quite used to providing a portable printmaking experience.

Our participants had a very productive day and printed great work. Many thanks to everybody who came along and to Nicholas, Leila and all the staff at the Fisher for making it happen.

 

 

 

 

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Paper-works* print exhibition at the Fisher Theatre

Exhibition at the Fisher Theatre ends 25th August

An exhibition of works on paper by Lisa Hurcum and Hugh Davies. Working individually they share a wide ranging exploration of techniques in their printmaking studio in Lowestoft. Lisa’s work takes inspiration both from her writing and the domestic realm. Hugh’s architects training fuels his interest in space and form in marine, urban and architectural environments.

The exhibition space includes- the Café, the Ramp & the Gallery.

Entry to the exhibition is free and it can be viewed between the hours of 10am and 3pm Monday to Saturday, and again from 6pm on show nights. Occasionally the gallery may be in use and not open for viewing. If you are travelling any distance please call the Box Office: 01986 897130 to check availability..

Prints are available for sale at the exhibition.

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Trawl dock linocut

 

Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Suffolk

 

 

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Linocut at Fisher Arts and Social

Another great morning today with all the folks at Fisher Arts and Social Club

We brought our press along again, this time to do linocut printing. After a quick demonstration of the technique everybody got stuck in. Two hours later all the folks had finished their designs and printed off at least two prints!

Many thanks to Sophie for inviting us back and to all the participants who made it so enjoyable.


To find out more see their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fisherartsandsocialclub/

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Easterly Artists Open Studios Trail

Easterly Studio Trail Weekend

For one weekend only the Easterly Artists Trail is a collaboration between five artists in the Lowestoft and Waveney area who are coordinating their Suffolk Open Studio days on the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June to provide visitors with the opportunity to visit every studio on the same day.

If you can’t make it on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of June the other weekends in June when the artists studios will be studios will be open are as follows:

  • Hilary Barry June 2nd/3rd and June 9th /10th
  • Hugh Davies & Lisa Hurcum June 23rd/24th
  • Nina Roffey June 9th/10th
  • Fiona Shreve June 2nd/3rd and June 9th /10th

Download Easterly Artists Leaflet

Please Note : Access to the studios may involve stepped access. Please call the artist beforehand  to check access arrangements

Hilary Barry

I left the Welsh mountains at 17 to go to art school, but the landscape and its history continue to influence my painting. My work is often a combination of the real, the remembered and the imagined: I aim to evoke the memory of landscape and experience.

Copperfields, Beach Road, Kessingland, NR33 7RW.

Tel: 07800 643117

hilarybarryartist.com

Hugh Davies

Drypoint study of net covered upturned fishing boat, Pakefield, Lowestoft 2017

I am interested in drawing and mark making on paper as a means of exploring imagination, form and space. I use a range of printmaking techniques including linocut drypoint and cyanotype as a means of moving beyond recording and observation into abstraction.

29 Lyndhurst Road, Lowestoft NR32 4PD

Tel: 01502 580912

paper-works.co.uk

Lisa Hurcum

Working with linocut printing gives me the ability to retain a spontaneity and immediacy to the images I create. My inspiration comes from the domestic and the everyday, both observed directly from life and from the imagined details of the short stories that I write.

29 Lyndhurst Road, Lowestoft NR32 4PD

Tel: 01502 580912

paper-works.co.uk

Nina Roffey

I have been working on found wood for several years making sculptural assemblages. I also use found or discarded, items and place in boxes as well as paintings and collages. I often write small books to go with some larger works which are included in the sale price. Found objects are my weakness!

52 Park Drive, Worlingham, Beccles, NR34 7DL

Tel 01502 715118

ninaartmaker.info

Fiona Shreve

Brutalist architecture influences my ceramic designs. I create sculptural forms with under-glaze transfer prints: both are inspired by images of buildings such as The Barbican or Park Hill in Sheffield, or the iconic buildings on the Southbank.

9 Marsh Lane, Somerleyton, NR32 5QX

Tel: 01502 730837

fionashreeve.com

 

Suffolk Open Studios

Suffolk open studios

Every year all across Suffolk over 100 Artists open their studios during weekends in June. You are invited to see how and where they work and get the opportunity to enjoy paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and other works of art outside a gallery setting.

For information on the full range of open studio events please see www.suffolkopenstudios.org or pick up a printed brochure from participating studios, local libraries and visitor information points.

 

 

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Grit Fest 2018

Brilliant Day at Grit Fest. Sparrows Nest Park was looking at its best with a big turnout and  beautiful sunny weather.

Our free drop in linocut printing workshop was busy non stop from 10.30 am till 4pm. Lots of enthusiasm for having a go from all ages four to four score plus! Lots of interest in what we are doing and our upcoming open studios in June . Hope to welcome you all then . Really rewarding day, lots of new people and old friends. A friendly atmosphere, people sitting out on the grass listening to the bands and some dancing!.

Thanks to Paula White for allowing us to include her quick sketch.

A big thank you to all the organisers who made Grit Fest happen. See you at the next one !

For anybody who missed being able to print their own we have some artists proof copies of our grit prints available in our online shop

 

  

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Editioning by paper-works*

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Paper-works* editioning work for Tessa Newcomb

Tessa Newcomb came to us wanting to produce an edition of a set of prints. She had in the past executed traditional acid etched prints with the assistance of a print studio but now wanted to revisit producing prints using new techniques.  After a day in the studio on one of our “Introduction to Drypoint” courses, she decided on using drypoint card as her preferred media and went away clutching a stack of materials.

The following week, Tessa returned on one of our members days, with twenty or so card drypoint plates. A busy morning ensued assisted by us to produce proofs of all of the prints.

We set out all the proofs in the studio. Working together with Tessa, we discussed the options for whitling the wide selection of images down to a set for editioning. Being executed on drypoint card there was a concern that any edition should be reasonably short to avoid deterioration of the plate. It was decided to go with limiting each edition to twenty. After much discussion four prints were selected as the basis of the editions.

The chosen images required some care with wiping during the inking up process as residual tone on the plate was a desired feature for parts of the image. To help keep the prints clean we decided that editioning would be a two person task. One person inking up and wiping and the other staying ink free and registering and passing the prints though the press. We estimated that we might achieve an average print rate over a day of about 6 an hour. In the end with cups of tea and biscuits! ) we achieved the full edition of 80 in about two and a half days

The prints are now all completed, signed and editioned ready to put up for sale on the website and distributed to gallerys

If you are interested in paper-works* assisting you in editioning a print please get in touch via our contact page.

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Tessa Newcomb at paper-works*

Tessa Newcomb at paper-works*

Paper-works* are delighted to welcome Tessa Newcomb as a member of paper-works*. Tessa has been painting in her cottage in Suffolk for thirty five years, with many successful exhibitions of her paintings to her credit:  “Working on your own is not easy. I think that I have proved that  I can do it, supporting myself and my children along the way. Now I like the chance of working in other studios and with other people “.
An established and successful painter in oils Tessa sees the value of exploring and learning new skills ” “Printing offers me another strand to my work ” she volunteers,  “Its been good for me, Hugh and Lisa offered just the right  instructions and support in the airy studio, lunch and cats a bonus”.

Tessa came along on an “Introduction to Drypoint Day Course” and has been inspired to work directly on the drypoint card plates working from carefully observed preparatory pencil sketches. She has joined as a member and is now collaborating on a project with us. We hope to share the results of this with you here and in the online gallery very soon.

Work by Tessa Newcomb can be seen online at:
Crane Kalman GalleryClark Art LtdThompsons GalleriesAinscough Contemporary Art, Cork Brick Gallery

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Summer 2018 Printmaking day courses and taster mornings

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Paper-works* Summer 2018 Printmaking

Printmaking in a morning

To coincide with Suffolk Open Studios we are running printmaking taster sessions, 2 and a half hour morning sessions to give you a quick flavour of the different techniques. Book courses individually or choose a selection to build your own printmaking course!

All day courses are from 10am to 12.30pm. No previous experience required. Tea/coffee and all materials included. £25 All bookings on our website.

Day courses

Unleash your creativity, experiment with something different, develop a new skill and try one of our introductory printmaking courses! The day courses are held in our well equipped light filled first floor studio except the Drypoint course where in August we will be in the spacious upstairs gallery at the historic Fisher Theatre in Bungay.

All day courses are from 10am to 4pm. No previous experience required. Lunch and all materials included. £60. Bookings on our website except for the 25th August which are direct to the Fisher Theatre.

 

If your not local take a look at our accommodation page.

 

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paper-works* @ Fisher Arts and Social

Fisher Arts and Social

Great morning today with all the folks at Fisher Arts and Social Club

It was their first dabble with drypoint. Out of the block at 10.30am a quick demonstration and everyone created a print they were proud to take home. All in just two hours.

Fisher Arts and Social Club was founded by Sophie last year. They provide creative sessions for mature people and their carers. They are dementia friendly and wheelchair accessible. The group meets each Thursday morning at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay. The goal of each session is to provide the perfect mix of art, cake, friends and laughter !

Demonstrating inking up
Demonstrating inking up
Printing on the portable press
Printing on the portable press
Turning the wheel on the press
Turning the wheel on the press
Fisher Arts and Social
Inking Up drypoint at the Fisher Arts and Social Club
Fisher Arts and Social finished prints
Fisher Arts and Social finished prints


To find out more see their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fisherartsandsocialclub/

We really enjoyed the session and hope to work with them again soon.