Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lino Cut Resolved and Revealed

I think I resolved the problem of the two circles that form as a secondary pattern above the Christmas Baubles - extending the peel to a full size in two of the four.

I have also realised that this design could easily form a repeat pattern design, by leaving out the top left or bottom right corner -and then the circles will be back around the edge of the design, so the two above the Christmas Baubles wouldn't look so bad.

Will have to test with cutting the lino.

Also discovered today that Te Papa (the National Museum of New Zealand) has an online exhibition of the Rex Nan Kivell gift of linocuts.

Ideas are popping as I work my way through the 21 linocut books that I got through the library.  There is a huge range of diversity and styles in this technique.  Who knew.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Monoprinting to quilt

Sometimes the only way to get a birds eye view and make slight adjustments to a quilt ... is up a ladder

Ready to be sewn together

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Lino Cutting - Claude Flight

I’ve spent my week reading Dijanne’s great lesson 2 notes and thinking about and sketching ideas.  The process made me realize how many great designs I already have that I can translate in to lino cuts with minor adaptations.

I usually work intuitively, in a flow that I don’t question, and one that I don’t have any intellectual ‘knoweledge’ about; so it is a new process for me to step back and have to conceive ideas to fit exercise challenges and to understand them intellectually.

This weeks lessons have made me relook at my quilts and see how I have used shape and stitch to create, balance, motion and movement.  I’ve always heard other artists say how they utilise their sketchbooks and look back through them for ideas, and this week has been the first week that I have ever had that experience and have found the same richness and abundance in my sketchbooks that I’ve heard others waxing about.

This came about through exercise 5 – Image, texture, pattern.  Wow – I found it really difficult to put this together, partly because I wasn’t working intuitively.  Image and pattern or image and texture went together easily, but adding the third - !  I’ve done a lot of thinking about this over the week and will be really interested to see everyone’s results, as when I looked at Dijanne’s example, I finally realized that image and pattern were loosely the same shape and texture was linked (by line in this case).

I had put a whole day out in my diary for lino homework and expected to have some prints to show.  Instead I have realized the importance of forethought, drawing and learning to look.  It has been really challenging for exercise 5 to find the order of process and I think it is a bit like appliqué – working from the bottom up.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve discovered that my natural process is to work from the top down.  (Probably has something to do with being a number 5, and seeing things in mirror image. 

In putting this exercise together, I haven’t yet found a design that is working for me, and I’m grateful for the exercise of drawing to work through the issues and figure it out. But of course that means I have nothing to show – no printing achieved.  I’ve loaded photo’s and made comments - and welcome anyone’s feedback.

Prior to Lesson 2, my only real exposure to Lino cuts has been Dijanne’ amazing work.
I’ve widened my horizon substantially this week,  I had no idea that it can be a multiple colour process or what these would look like.  The lesson two notes recommended the book by Claude Flight, but said it was hard to get hold of a copy.  Incredibly my local art gallery (Auckland City) has a copy for reading room only!  The opportunity was too good to pass up, so I spent four hours there this afternoon, read three books in total and watched a DVD!  Thanks Dijanne for opening my eyes to this experience.  Here’s my summary:

Lino Cuts - Claude Flight
Published in 1927, this book is hard to get hold of it and our Art Gallery Research Library has a copy!  It was wonderful and easy to read, with some methods updated through technology, but written by one of the world's expert teachers on lino cutting.  Going to the Art Gallery connected me with a whole world that I had no idea about.  The Auckland Art Gallery had 307 Lino prints that were gifted by Sir Rex Nan Kivell an ex-pat NZer who gifted 1160 lino cut works to four New Zealand galleries.  He ran the Redfern Artists Gallery in London.  It's an incredible body of work to be in New Zealand across 4 galleries, and this book was part of the gift.  Some of his collection was also gifted to the National Gallery of Australia.

Graphica Britannica - the Rex Nan Kivell Gift of British Modernist Prints - by Peyter Vangioni
This book is an exhibition catalogue from a showing in Christchurch of the lino cuts gifted by Rex Nan Kivell.  Loved the diversity of work, particularly that of Australian Artist, Ethel Spowers (1890 - 1947) called Wet Afternoon, 1930.  The fine lines in this work are incredible.  This exhibition covered, woodcuts, lithographs and lino cuts.  Have yet to investigate if it is still able to be purchased by the Christchurch Art Gallery.

Claude Flight and His Followers - the Colour LinoCut Movement between the wars.  (An Australian National Gallery Travelling Exhibition - by Stephen Coppel
Not so many images in this catalogue as you might expect, but loads of biographical information about each of the artists in the exhibition.  Loved the work of Ethel Spowers - Resting Models (1934) and The Gale (1930).

DVD - Sybil Andrews (1898 - 1993)
The Art of the Lino Cut (artists of the world series).  Chip Taylor Communications
The Research Librarian was amazing - I asked for one book (Claude Flight) and he came up with these other three.  This DVD is really worth watching to get a sense of Andrews' work and how she views art as her work.  It also gives some demo’s of lino printing in process.  All these books I have read so far have widened my experience of lino cutting - I had always imagined it to be a two colour process, but it is far more complex with up to four colours. Andrews had been to the Grosvenor School of Art while Claude Flight was teaching lino cuts there for four years.

I don’t know why, but I hadn’t really thought about how much written information there might be about lino cutting – an Amazon search produced a huge list of titles – 21 of which I have ordered from the library.  It’s going to be an informative week.

Claude Flight also wrote a second book (published 1934, London) – The Art and Craft of Lion Cutting and Printing

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mono Printing 2

Using a 1/4 inch seam to create a 1/4" border

Do you see Convergence or divergence? Establishing this quilt like a lithographic print.

Using Mono printed blocks.  I'm thinking I will add white to this designs - just not sure how.  Next weekend's project.  :-)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Mono Printing

I played for four hours in a class on Mono Printing last Saturday

Playing with only one colour of textile ink, blue on white batik fabric, let my intuitive "fearless" artist out to create pattern after pattern.  The total freedom to be prolific and allow the brain to let go of controlling the like or dislike function for a while, resulted in a total of 40 eight inch blocks!  Enough to make a throw, although I have over the week debated making more to do a bed quilt ... and it's still possible I will.

I'm becoming aware of the ideas and experiences that tumble out of me and never get finished or pursued to the end ... is too much creativity possible?  Is it distraction from exploring the depths of myself?  Questions for a journal page I think.

I've had such a week of inspiration and joy and happiness - and it has made me realise that creativity, ideas bring me joy and inspire me onwards.  My life is droll and dull when I'm not engaged this way.  How addictive ... making the world a braver place through art and creativity!  Woosh!

Following several quilt and textile art exhibitions and an antique / vintage textile fair last Sunday, Sarah and I pursued ideas around exhibiting our artwork.  The spaces required, the connections between works, the form and shape of how it might look, working style - deadlines or not; what is already in existence for exhibition and what needs to be created.  More inspiration.  More thoughts.  More observations.  "A Body of Work"

We were thrilled by an exhibition of work by Lynn Nunn at ArtsPost in Hamilton, called Connective Threads.  So many thoughts, inspirations and observations from this alone.  The exhibition had six distinctive parts connecting to create a whole from experimentations.  In Lynn's words, the exhibition is "an influence of family connections, history of fashion and cultures".  It was incredibly moving and drew us both further and further in to each individual work, each fibre, fibres left hanging with their own gentle comment to contribute to the work.

This exhibition was a true Body of Work and by far and away one of the very best exhibitions that ArtsPost has hosted (that I have seen there, at least).  Quietly understated, and incredibly moving.

The Lino homework hasn't gotten much attention so far this week - later today I hope.  I did purchase the textile ink and roller - so am good to go.

The other piece of inspiration that finally arrived in the form of a book reminded me of the following:

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."  - Joseph Campbell

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, Who are You, not to be?  Your playing small, does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  I'ts not just in some of us; it's in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."  - Marianne Williamson

I wish you a peace-filled, joyful week, full of inspiration, creativity and love.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Lino Printing 1

I'm doing an online Lino Printing course with Dijanne Cevaal.

Musings of a textile itinerant

They say you haven't really made a quilt until you've bled on it (while hand quilting of course); well the same must be true of lino cutting - I've got the mandatory stabbing of the thumb over.  There's such a lot of blood in the pad of the thumb - it took ages of pressure and holding it above my head to stem the flow ... oh well.

I still need to go and buy my textile ink ... happening today, so I haven't printed these yet.  Different blades and different strokes and results.

The offending sucker that bit my thumb.  I need to go back and re-read the notes on using this one and pay more attention to what it says.

Exercise in Positive and negative forms.  Free hand Ginko Leaf.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Chantilly Cream, Devonport Road, Tauranga

When in Tauranga, this vintage tea shop is a must - as is the deliciously light scones with the most divine lemon cheese!

I loved the teacups and saucers glued to a pillar in the front window - and it inspired a journal page so I remember the time.  Although now, I see I dated it wrong.  It was Saturday 1st of September.

And best of all you have to share it with a very good friend.