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The Handwritten Word

July 14 & 15

Tutor: Kathryn John

At Dove Studios, Butleigh

Course times: 10am – 4pm

When was the last time you sat down and wrote with ink and paper? Scribbled out a misspelled word or found spots of leaked ink upon your fingers from a malfunctioning pen?

KJ for blog 1 Markmaking

At a time when our lives and lists, stories and notes have become part of a digital world we will spend a weekend together getting back in touch with the flow of the handwritten word. We will explore using experimental processes to get us moving and making marks.

KJ for blog 3 Sgraffito with charcoal rubbed in

With full permission to get it wrong, to make a mess, we will return to the joy of what it is to write with our whole bodies and not just the tips of our fingers. Using handmade vegetable, oak gall and berry inks and a variety…

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Making Prints for Books is a 3 day intensive course combining printing with bookbinding, with Bronwen Bradshaw and Pennie Elfick. Dates: 10, 11 & 12 July

Lauzerte book for FB Concertina Book ‘Lauzerte’ with a series of etchings printed as a strip

The aim of this course is for participants to make a handmade book containing hand printed artwork and maybe words too. The facilities of the Dove print studio will be available for students to make book content, using drypoint and/or lino and woodcut, monoprint and collagraph, with plenty of guidance and tuition on hand to advise on choices and the techniques involved.

The idea of having 2 tutors is that one (PE) will teach the printmaking and the other (BB) will keep her hands clean and help with the bookbinding. We are hoping for a good take up on this course so that we can have 2 tutors, otherwise Bron will be…

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Prussian Blue

Prussian Blue is one of the most used pigments in the etching studio here: a wonderful rich, reliable colour, and I’ve never, till now, stopped to wonder where it originated from. I found these fascinating revelations on facebook this morning, which wouldn’t let me share it, so I’m posting the link and hoping you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Prussian Blue

And here’s a link to a film I made, called Blue Remembered, which is about the 10 sorts of blue we have in the studio. And about a little dog called Blue, too.

And …it’s just occurred to me, I have another video about Blue, about the Indigo Dyers and Weavers of South West Japan. Here.

You can’t get enough Blue is what I think, in art or in music. Kind of Blue is my favourite jazz album of all time, introduced to me by a boyfriend in 1959. The album lasted, the boyfriend didn’t. The right way round.

 

Dove Artists e -flyer

A visit to the Redbrick Building in Glastonbury is always interesting and sometimes delicious! The Bocabar restaurant and cafe serve food and good coffee every day of the week; the events space hosts an exciting range of gigs;  all sorts of regular courses take place in the upstairs spaces, alongside the studios where resident creatives work.

From 23rd November there will be an additional reason to go there: the artists who frequent Dove Studios are putting on a Christmas Exhibition in what I like to call the Staircase Gallery, running until January 8th. The show comprises work both by students and artists who attend printmaking classes at the Dove and also members of the Fingerprint group who work together in my studio once a week. There will also be work by artists more loosely associated with the Dove.

All types of media will be on display. Printmaking will predominate, but there will also be paintings, collage and textiles.

This promises to be a joyful, seasonal display of inspiring work, most of which is for immediate sale at very reasonable prices.

You are warmly invited to the preview, which is on Thursday 23rd November, 6 – 8 pm.

Exhibition Dates:

23rd November – 8th January

Opening times: daily 10 – 4 (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day)

 

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The path to the trees

I’ve just been reading a Facebook post about Shinrin-Yoku, which translated means ‘Spending more time around trees’. Which is what I’ve been doing this last couple of beautiful days; not just spending time around them, but taking what the Japanese call a ‘Forest Bath’. Lying under them.

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The Biggest Pine

All the more enjoyable because these are all trees that we planted nearly forty years ago, so they are family.

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Scots Pine family

The smell of the Pine resin heated by the sun was quite intoxicating, and no doubt mightily healing as well. Lucky, because I was in search of healing.

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Wych Elm trunks

These pale trunks are those of a Wych Elm, which was grown from a cutting Roger took from a hedge up the lane. Wych elm is said to be a bit more resistant to Dutch Elm disease, which shows no mercy to our native Elms.

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Wych Elm seeds

Here in the foreground are the embryonic seeds of the Wych Elm; still not much sign of leaves yet. And the Ash tree: its flowers are a thing of wonder – just look at this exotic beauty!

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Ash flowers

Or this: the furled leaves of the Wild Service Tree:

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Wild Service Tree leaves

Evening on its way now: time to go in, well bathed in Forest. Well healed.

Trees 1

song-6This is Jaki’s song which she started to teach us on the road. Lots more work to be done, but here are the words. It’s a waltz, so ONE two three TWO two three –

 

Up on the high plains it’s dry and it’s hot, and the wind it don’t stop for no one,

As the miles they roll by, see the earth touch the sky,

Up on the wide high Lonesome.

 

There’s a feelin’ of freedom that no man can reason,

A longin’ to reach for the sky

Where your spirit can wander way out over yonder

And wave to your troubles goodbye.

 

Well I do declare it’s a real fine affair, we’re floatin’ on air on the high plains,

My buddies and me, we’re footloose fancy free, and we’re feelin’ as high as the mountains.

 

Well there’s good ol’ Fiona and good ol’ Diana,

There’s good ol’ Di good ol’ Bron,

Good ol’ Freddie is here and we’re full of good cheer,

‘cos we’re sure glad that she came along.

And as we smoke our tobacci well there’s good ol’ Jaki

Who’s willing to lead us in song.

 

While the stars fill the night, such a beautiful sight,

And your heart it feels light as a feather,

Way up here all alone, all you want is to roam

For ever and ever and ever,

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For ever and ever and ever.

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