Sometimes I can't believe I live in this beautiful valley. Hardcastle Crags is just a mile upstream. These last few weeks I have been working there, installing what we could call a 'Wildlife Wall', in the cafe at Gibson Mill. So some of my days have been surrounded by carpets upon carpets of bluebells, dappled sun, soft breezes and rushing water, dipper flashes, woodpecker sightings and birdsong galore. Here are some photos so you might understand a bit....
I've had some great design jobs this last year. I have very much enjoyed working with HebTroCo on their branding and related designs. They make trousers. Happy Anniversary to them and congratulations on creating a very successful trouser company in a year!
As part of Design Manchester and in a building next to the wonderful #manchesterprintfair at the weekend, was a fantastic display of old sample papers and leaflets showing design ideas and colour combinations from GF Smith and a few other paper and printing companies. GF Smith set up in 1885 in Hull and I think Calson in 1886 in the US, so there was a fair few design nuggets from over the years. Here is a few pics for anyone who hasn't been put off yet by the geekiness of this post! Enjoy!
I have been playing around photographing my collections or ranges. Had fun in my studio finding objects that complimented each one.
Great Spotted Woodpecker:
Wild Boar and the Forest Floor:
I so loved being in The Alhambra earlier in the year...
...and at the wild Spanish desert sea.
What's to love about Barcelona? In short, so much...
La Gente de Barcelona:
En Las Calles:
Looking forward to teaching on The Summer Print Course at NorthLights Art Studios, Hebden Bridge.
It kicks off tomorrow. Look what amazing things the students on my March Lino Course created! :-)
I am very happy to say that I am teaching on some of the short printmaking courses this term at Northlights Arts Studios. All courses would suit total beginners, those with experience who wish to use the press and other resources, and those who would enjoy the support and group environment. All materials are provided and the courses are on Fridays at 10.30am-12.30pm.
Happy 2016 to you all! I've got lots of plans and ideas for 2016, so am looking forward to the way the year unfolds.
My town had just a bit of mopping up to do after this happened on Boxing Day:
Saturday was a great day at Artbound's ArtFair at the Townhall, followed by a 5pm showing of the recently made film about creativity in the digital age - Made You Look.
The flier for it was great. The graphic image of a creative's tool kit first made me feel like I HAD to see the film and a touch of the recycled card between my fingertips confirmed this first thought.