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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

summer printmaking

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.

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Spring 2018 Printmaking Day Courses

printmaking day courses

Paper-works* Spring 2018 Printmaking day courses

Unleash your creativity, experiment with something different, develop a new skill and try one of our introductory printmaking courses! Limited to just four students and held in our well equipped light filled first floor studio to make sure that you get the best out of your day.

All day courses are from 10am to 4pm. No previous experience required. Lunch and all materials included. £60.

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Introduction to Drypoint day course photographs

Introduction to Drypoint day course

A successful and really productive day in the studio running our first introduction to Drypoint course.

Each student produced at least four drypoint plates using  a mixture of drypoint plastic and drypoint card. The students executed  initial exploratory mark making on the different materials using a variety of tools. These included carbide and steel tipped stylus’s, roulette wheels, halftone rakes ,sandpaper and wire wool. Learning from these tests the students went one to successfully produce prints using both drypoint plate media. Their resulting designs reflecting their own individual visual style.

The closeness of the basic drypoint technique to drawing together with the variety of additional mark making techniques resulted in a clutch of very strong images. Expectations as to what could be achieved in just 6 hours were exceeded.

Many thanks to our students for making it a great day! To join us on an upcoming course see available dates.

 

 

 

 

 

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Learnings from the Kitchen Litho Workshop

Mug, Kitchen Litho

Kitchen Litho Workshop 23rd January 2018

 

Four of us spent the day exploring the technique of Kitchen Litho. With spray bottles full of coke and lots of water, wet sponges and sticky oil based Litho ink it’s a fun and a messy business !

We had successfully done a dry run of the technique but with more people doing it together we got our share of mishaps. Problems generally surfaced at the inking up stage where the image became lost under an immovable layer of ink!. Its been a good learning experience and we’ve been back in the studio today to iron out the issues that arose yesterday.  The main flaw seems to have been applying too much ink in one go and not using enough water on the plate and the sponge whilst wiping off excess ink. If the roller seems to have barely any ink on it as you apply it to the aluminium foil then that seems a good place to be starting from. Other issues include potential cross contamination of sponges used at different stages of the process and the fragility of the aluminium foil.

Most of the images that we worked on were using soft litho crayons. We also successfully used a children’s wax crayon to achieve finer lines. Overall what came out strongly was the suitability of this printing technique for rapid , gestural drawings.

 

 

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First Experiments with Kitchen Litho

Kitchen Litho Equipment

Today we spent a couple of hours doing our first experiments with the Kitchen Litho technique. Its all well and good reading up accounts of how its done but nothing beats having a go. Blog posts that either elaborated on Emilie’s methods (sandpaper (!) and vinegar ?) , or reported failures, meant that we were beginning to approach our workshop day with a little trepidation. All this was quickly dispelled once we got our hands dirty.

The basic “kitchen” requirements include : Aluminium cooking foil, a glass chopping board, sponges, a bottle of Cola , plenty of kitchen paper and a handheld plastic spray bottle. These were supplemented in our experiments today with a thin sheet of plastic, a pack of Korns soft Lithographic crayons, oil based lithographic ink, an ink roller, blotting paper and a small etching press!

1 Wrap aluminium foil around a thin sheet of wet plastic, matt side out

Preparing aluminium foil for Kitchen Litho

2 Mark the aluminum foil with a Korns Litho Crayon ( Soft No. 1)

mark making with Litho crayon

3 Spray the aluminium foil plate with Cola

spraying aluminium foil with cola

4 Rinse off Cola with a wet sponge

rinsing off cola

5 Wipe dry with kitchen roll then pour on a little vegetable oil

6 Use the vegetable oil and a sponge  to wipe off the Litho Crayon

7 Wipe off oil with a damp sponge leaving a clean aluminium plate

8 Roll out the Litho ink on the glass chopping board

9 Use a clean sponge to wet the surface of the foil then roll on a thin layer of ink

10 Wipe off excess ink using a sponge

11 Repeat wetting, inking and wiping to leave a well inked plate

12 Place on press, register paper then cover with damp paper, dry newsprint, thin acrylic sheet then thick etching blanket

13 Pass through press with pressure similar to that which you might use for intaglio

14 Remove print and dry flat between blotting paper

15 return to stage 9 for subsequent prints

So the first attempt was successful but lots to learn and improve on. We had read that Litho crayon was the easiest mark making method and there are lots of alternatives to explore. The aluminium foil is also quite fragile so we would like to explore a source for a slightly thicker and stronger one.

with thanks to Emilie Aizier . Emilie’s website

Read a brief summary of kitchen litho resources

 

 

 

 

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Kitchen Litho | A brief summary of resources

Kitchen lithography book

Kitchen Litho

Kitchen Litho was conceived by French Artist Emilie Aizier. It is a simplification of her earlier lithography experiments using sheet aluminium plates and phosphoric acid. Aluminium foil is much cheaper than using aluminium and carbonated soda drinks are, it turns out, a weak solution of phosphoric acid!

Emilie’s experiments and early web postings in 2011 and the publication of her book in 2012 have spawned a whole series of advocates and followers. Aside from notes in websites and blogs there are now also a number of You Tube videos demonstrating the technique. Most of these follow the process described by Emillie but some add additional steps. Some advocate the preparation of the aluminium foil surface with fine sandpaper however in the main the accounts achieve successful prints following Emillie’s method.

The original book by Emilie truly captures the spirit of Kitchen Litho and emphasises experimentation rather than providing a prescriptive methodology. This is after all the spirit from which the printing technique was born.

Recently there have been  two other publications on the technique published in 2016 and 2017. Paper-works* have yet to get our hands on these to review them.

In 2015 and 2016 Emilie Aizier promoted an annual open online competition and exhibition of works employing the kitchen litho method. This has now become a biennial event. The next submission date is the 31st December 2018 .More details are available from www.atelier-kitchen-print.org

Bibliography

“Kitchen Litho” by Emilie Aizier published 2012, 70 pages. Obtainable form Emilie’s website

“Aluminium Foil Lithography” , Spark Box Studio, by Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping  published 2016 (?), 57 pages – downloadable pdf only.

‘Kitchen Lithography: Hand Printing at Home: From Buttons and Bags to Postcards and Pillowcases’ ,by Laura Sofie Hantke and  Lucas Grassmann, Princeton Architectural Press, published 2017, 120 pages.

Website and blog articles

Kitchen Litho by Emilie Aizier  http://www.nontoxicprint.com/kitchenlitho.htm

Kitchen Litho by Printzeal http://printzeal.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/kitchen-litho.html

Aluminium Foil Etching by C S Poppenga http://poppenga.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/aluminum-foil-etching.html

My attempt at Kitchen Lithography by  Lori Dean Dyment  http://ldeandyment-soiwasthinking.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/my-attempt-at-kitchen-lithography.html

Kitchen Lithography http://www.nzprintmakers.com/2011/09/kitchen-lithography.html

Kitchen Litho by Barbara Hudin, http://www.barbarahudin.com

Read about paper-works* first experiments with Kitchen Litho.

Facebook

There is a group page on Facebook for those interested in the technique https://www.facebook.com/groups/kitchen.litho/

 

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Introduction to Linocut day course photographs

Two people printmaking at a large table

 Completed “Introduction to Linocut ” day course.

January 6th 2018

An excelent enjoyable day was had in the studio. Three talented people attended our first introduction to linocut day course and were able to explore their latent handmade printing skills. We saw three very different approaches. New friends were made and new skills learned.

To join us on an upcoming course see available dates.

 

figure in purple working on a linocut at a work bench
Experimenting with mark making on our introduction to Linocut day course. January 2018
woman in orange apron drawing
Drawing out design directly onto lino. January 2018
Linocut being inked up with black ink
Inking up a linocut at our “Introduction to Linocut day course” January 2018
hand using a spoon to rub an image on paper.
Experimental print with tracing paper as a transfer medium using a spoon.
Figure operating a large printing press next to window
Printing linocut on the large Polymetaal roller press. January 2012
black and white mono print image
Mono print from lino with selective use of hand pressure applied with a spoon. January 2018
monochrome linocut hanging on drying line
Linocut print with selective inning and masking with torn strips of paper. January 2012
prints drying on table
Mount Cook and experimental mark making by attendee at linocut course. January 2018
prints drying on table
Mark making and Picasson inspired linocut by one of the attendees on our “Introduction to Linocut” course.

 

Join us on the next Course

 

 

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Marios Cafe Exhibition – Dec 2017 to Jan 2018

Marios Cafe Exhibition

Marios Cafe Exhibition , Narrative & Form Exhibition Dec 2017 to Jan 2018

The Marios Cafe Exhibition “Narrative & Form” is a project by Lisa Hurcum and Hugh Davies. Working in different ways in the same studio this exhibition focuses on the principal ideas that informs each of their separate practice.

Narrative

Narrative comprises six linocut works by Lisa Hurcum :

Jugs, Remembering, The Blossoming, After the party, Man on train and Eileen.

Each piece has evolved out of a series of short stories written by Lisa. These stories are reproduced in full alongside the images in the paper=works* booklet accompanying the exhibition. The stories and the linocuts capture the small details of peoples lives that resonate with the narratives that we all share.

Form

Form comprises of six studies in a mixture of Linocut and Drypoint by Hugh Davies

Net study 1, 2 and 3 Drypoint and Net study 4, 5 and 6, Linocut

The studies are of a small boat dragged up onto the beach for winter. It has been upturned and protected with black plastic sheeting held tight to the hull with an old net stretched and lashed in place. The prints explore how lines, either scribed in a drypoint plate or gouged out of lino, capture this form on paper.

Exhibition Dates and Times

The Marios Cafe Exhibition is on the walls until the end of Saturday 27th January. Pop in between 8am and 4pm Monday to Saturday . Mario will however be closed between Christmas and New Year.

View and purchase all the exhibited prints, accompanying booklet and sets of postcards in our online gallery

Find out more about Marios Cafe and its history at http://www.marioscafe.com

paper-works*

Paper-works is an artist led printmaking studio in Lowestoft, Suffolk. We provide  courses and workshops in printmaking. To find out more please see our website.

www.paper-works.co.uk