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Mokuhanga prints by Robin Frood

As the last weekend of SAW ’19 approaches, here are some photos from our venue 108 at Dove Studios. Four artists are showing work in the etching studio (although not all etchings): Robin Frood, Mokuhanga prints; Sandie Roche, handwoven textiles, Diana Milstein, paintings and a moving painting (video); and Bronwen Bradshaw, artist’s book and etchings. Over in the pottery Mike Dodd is showing his functional domestic stoneware and a few not so domestic but very beautiful pots as well.

Below is Robin Frood wrapping some of her small Mokuhanga prints. Mokuhanga is a form of woodcut practised in Japan, using only waterbased pigments, which are brushed, not rolled on. Robin works in series, often using the technique of monoprint, so no two prints are the same.

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Robin Frood wrapping her small Mokuhanga prints

Sandie’s rugs, as see above behind Robin, are true works of art, based as they are on her observations in different locations. She has travelled a lot in southern Europe recently, and her current work radiates the colours of the south. Colour is also a major feature of her scarves, as seen here:

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Silk scarves by Sandie Roche

Diana Milstein’s paintings seen below on the left, are the final product of her moving paintings: she photographs the painting layer by layer, never knowing what is coming next, until she stops. So in the end there is only one painting, but she is also exhibiting stills from the video. The videos can be seen in the adjoining room – pointless to try to photograph them, so come and see them yourselves!

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Paintings and video stills by Diana Milstein

On the right of the photo above are two framed etchings of trees by Bronwen Bradshaw. Seven of them can be seen in the book below, together with text that has been handprinted, using letterpress type, which we are fortunate enough to have a wonderful store of here.

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Artists book with original etchings and letterpress type by Bronwen Bradshaw

Mike Dodd is a hugely prolific potter, always experimenting with new glazes and recently, enamels;  here is his showroom for Art Weeks:

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Functional domestic stoneware by Mike Dodd

Only three days left; come and see us!





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Welcome to Amazing Space III, the third Biennial Arts and Crafts event at Dove Studios. There’s a great deal to see: in the studios there is work by Mike Dodd (pottery), Sandie Roche (handwoven textiles), Diana Milstein (painting, and a moving image painting), and Robin Frood (Mokuhanga prints). Outside, on the meadow, Bronwen Bradshaw, Fiona Hingston, Kathryn John, Sue Palmer, Shannon Leah Watson and Sophie Willoughby display some of the work that resulted from their collaborative residency earlier in the year. And – at last! the Tree House Library is up and running, housing 25 artists’ books that celebrate this small but happening corner of Somerset.

Come to our Open Evening on 28th September, 5 – 8 pm, with a performance in the Tree Circle of Ama Bolton’s collection of poems ‘A Conference of Trees’ and music by Maya Love and Bron Bradshaw. After the performance Paul Stubbs will fire up his pizza oven, and drinks will be available. Parking this evening will be on the adjacent field ‘Wild Lea’; watch out for signs to the entrance in Barton Road. Also, bring a folding chair if you need one for the performance, which takes around 30 – 40 minutes, and a torch to help you find your way home!

Workshops and events: Shannon will be in the Door House on the meadow on Sunday 22nd September and Saturday 5th October with her drop in workshop ‘Can you teach me how to knit?’ The last weekend of SAW will see an ongoing workshop in the meadow: ‘Draw the Trees’, with all materials provided.

We hope to see you here!Dove Meadow September 2019




Nature into Print (Aluminium etching)

July 3 – 5,    10 am to 4 pm

Tutor : Jenny Graham

Fee: £180

Using aspects of the landscape surrounding Dove Studios, students will explore different etching techniques. Discussions about creative interpretation of the landscape will be combined with practical exercises on how to create line, tone and texture using a variety of etching processes.

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Aluminium Etching by Jenny Graham


Making Prints for Books (Various printmaking techniques and simple book binding)

July 10 – 12,   10 – 4pm

Tutor: Bronwen Bradshaw with Pennie Elfick

Fee: £180

The aim of this course is for participants to make a handmade book containing printed images and maybe words too. Drypoint, collagraph, relief printing and monoprint can all be used, with plenty of wide ranging tuition on hand to help with the different techniques, including basic bookbinding.

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Fold book of etchings by Bronwen Bradshaw


The Handwritten Word (Free-wheeling calligraphy)

July 14/15,   10 – 4pm

Tutor: Kathryn John

Fee: £120

At a time when our lives and lists exist in a digital world, we will spend a weekend together getting back in touch with the flow of the handwritten word, with full permission to get it wrong and to make a mess, using a variety of writing materials – including vegetable and oak gall ink – and experimental processes.

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Writing by Kathryn John (Beetroot ink)


Mokuhanga Stage 1 (Japanese water-based woodblock printing)

August 8,9,10,   10 – 4pm

Tutor: Robin Frood

Fee: £180

This 3-day workshop will explore the Japanese art of woodblock printing, known as Mokuhanga, with participants producing a final series of prints on a theme of their choice. This water-based technique is very ecological in its use of materials, and is currently undergoing a great revival in contemporary art worldwide.

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Mokuhanga print by Robin Frood


All courses include basic studio materials in the fee, but paper and plates (aluminium, wood blocks, acrylic sheets etc) are extra at cost.

If you would like to enrol on a course, please download the application form here:

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and email to, or send to Bronwen Bradshaw, Dove Studios, Butleigh, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8TL, together with a deposit that will secure your place on the course. All deposits are non- refundable, unless we can fill your place from a waiting list. The full fee will be due by June 1st 2018; you will receive a reminder about this.