You might remember mention of putting aside some mono print samples in a previous post.
Well, I’ve finally got round to start using them.
Being a lover of collaging, I prefer to create all content from scratch. It affords more control but, being adverse to litigation, also stops any worry of copyright infringements.
Here’s an example of one of last year’s collages below
(now available as a card on the ‘seaside’ section)
Collage using mono print, India ink and water colour.
One of the further studies I have taken since leaving full time education included Earth Sciences (at the Open University). Falling in love with all things geological since being introduced to ox-bow lakes and drumlins at 13, I was sad to find that coming under the umbrella of geography, all the earth science angle was lost once venturing into ‘O’ levels in favour of a more political landscape; not my thing. Needless to say, I did not pass.
Looking at creating a landscape for myself (rather than commercial art), a serendipitous Jeremy Gardiner exhibition was showing in Bath, at the Victoria Art Gallery. Perfect.
Jeremy layers up his landscapes and carves into them, just as coastal erosion takes places on a greater time scale.
He works in motifs of fossils, using (what I think is a laser) to repeat a line drawing effect of a headland and uses contour lines from a survey map. Some of his work are thin, papery collages, while others are robust, using jesmonite – an acrylic based medium used by palaeontologists for casting.
I had already made some sketches for sea urchins for a ceramic project a few years back and I have transferred these onto acetate ready for screen printing.
This was later made into a ceramic and metal sculpture, but can I find it? No.
Here are some bowls I made from a later look at sea life. Brittle star fish ceramics
Arriving home freshly-inspired and with mono-prints and collograph prints ready, I started sampling some pieces using one of Jeremy’s land marks, Durdle Door in Dorset.
Working up layers of paint and paper, the second stage is looking more busy, so once this is properly stuck and dried, I shall be taking a scalpel blade to it. Can’t wait!