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Screenprinting with Faye Suzannah, April 13th & 14th

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Faye Suzannah screenprints Amazing Space II 2017

Faye Suzannah made some wonderful work for Amazing Space II a couple of years ago, and she has been invited back to teach a Basic Screenprinting course this April. As she says: ‘Join me to explore a variety of exciting mark and shape making techniques, through the graphic medium of the silkscreen. Using water-based inks, autographic AND photographic stencils, we will cover the basic processes used to make original artworks, or we will make editions of identical prints.’

Letterpress with Robin Frood, May 4th & 5th

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Victorian letters with collograph print (detail)

This is the first time Letterpress has been offered as a course at Dove Studios. We have an extraordinary collection of Victorian hand carved alphabets and extensive sets of metal type; an Adana press and the use of an etching press as a proofing press. And now at last we are making a start, to incorporate letterpress into the printmaking techniques that are already on offer here, such as etching, collograph and woodcut. An adventure, in fact, with tutor Robin Frood, who says: ‘This workshop is particularly suited to artists who want to work with text, or writers/poets wishing to work with image. In the two day workshop, we will cover the basics of traditional letterpress, as well as exploring its creative possibilities. There will be a chance to combine letterpress with woodblock printing, to use the book format, or simply to create text-based artworks.’

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Course participants in the Print Room with Robin Frood

For further details of these courses and to enrol, please contact Bron Bradshaw at bronbradshaw@yahoo.com.

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This course took place in mid February, and was especially designed for students who had attended Robin Frood’s Mokuhanga course in August; to build on what they had learnt then, and in particular, to do lots of printing in order to start to master the technique. As you can see in the pictures above – lots of printing  did indeed happen, and participants agreed helped them move on a stage. There will be another Mokuhanga for beginners (or repeaters) in August: details of that will be posted soon.

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

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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 doing both sorts of teaching…so let’s hope!

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Pages from ‘Caves of Ice’ – different versions of the same print put together in book form

You may, however, already have prints that you can bring along and we can work out how to make them into a book. Or you may want to do a bit of both: printing and book binding. The joy of this course is that – as long as you wash your hands inbetween – you can move from one activity to another. Here are some forms your book could take:

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“A walk up the lane” – a series of monoprints with wax resist and acrylic wash in the process of being bound.

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“Tarantella” torn up large prints with computer generated text on layout paper

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‘Venice Variations’ – an origami-type folded paper binding with etchings and computer text.

Students joining this course should have some experience in printmaking, but they do not need to have done bookbinding. The forms of bookbinding that we will use are non orthodox and therefore open to all kinds of invention and experimentation.

Hope to see you here! Email bronbradshaw@yahoo.com if you are interested.

 

 

 

 

The Dove Artists’ Christmas Exhibition has been up at the Red Brick Building for a week now, and has attracted a lot of interest from the Private View last week onward. I’ve been impressed by the way visitors to the building stop and consider the works on their way up or down the stairs. It appears that this seemingly awkward, multi purpose space is acquiring an identity of its own as a gallery space. Although I was somewhat dreading the ‘hang’ – it’s never straightforward here – help was at hand on the ladders from John Fleming, thanks John.  And I’d like to say I’m really pleased with how this exhibition has succeeded in linking two local creative hotspots: the Dove and the RBB, bringing benefits to both. Don’t miss it, and come soon as it’s a fast moving show (several of the works have already flown off the walls, though we are replacing them with others).  On till January 8th.

Bronwen Bradshaw

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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…

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Winter Tor from the Dove

At last! Leaves are off and we can see the Tor again through the branches.

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Three triangles instead of two – Pennie Elfick’s Shed and ‘Tipping Point”

Pond renovation

The ‘pond’ is being cleared and restored and Laura Burke and I plan to plant a living willow structure behind it (to add to the living willows already there, but also to give shelter now the brambles have mostly been hacked down).

Winter garden

From my garden to Mia’s to beyond – such beauty in today’s fabulous light.