Revisiting my Mandala Screenprints

‘Not in my Name’ is a 10 layer screenprint, created in 2016 in response to the Government rushing through a decision to bomb Syria following the Paris attacks. It is based on press photographs of a block of flats, which has had the whole front blown off in a bomb attack, revealing the evidence and remains of individual homes behind the rubble of the facade.

I found a few of these in a drawer and decided to revisit them by adding some signwritten text. The text explores the use of language, by the media and Government, to categorize and label people by ‘name calling’ …. the names used infer nuisance, trouble-making, and worse, onto anyone who disagrees with the Governments policies.

This piece is a one-off and is called ‘Nuisance’

 

This print was originally called ‘Social Engineering’. The title reflects my research into the role played by our Government in the deliberate ‘reorganisation’ of the Middle East and African regions. The print is based on photographs, taken by drones, of further destruction. Again, the signs of peoples former lives are visible in the rubble of what remains of their towns and cities.

This particular version was printed onto a piece of old fashioned, textured wallpaper to suggest the interior of people’s homes, which suddenly become visible to the world when the buildings they live in are bombed.

This print is a one-off and is called ‘Objector’

 

Syria – new screen prints

I have been working on a new series of screen prints which are inspired by the terrible destruction being done to Syria. I was moved to start creating these prints when our Government decided to bomb Syria and I began to see images of the total destruction of whole towns. All the buildings, including peoples homes, were reduced to rubble, with just remnants left to show the lives which had existed there.

The first print in the series was made quickly, in the first rush of emotion stirred by the Government rushing through a decision to bomb Syria following the Paris attacks. It’s called ‘Not in my Name’, for obvious reasons. It is based on press photographs of a block of flats, which has had the whole front blown off in a bomb attack, revealing the evidence and remains of individual homes behind the rubble of the facade.

 

Not In My Name - 10 layer screen print

Not In My Name – 10 layer screen print

This screen print is available to buy at Creative Collective for Refugee Relief here – https://www.facebook.com/1685067585059703/photos/pb.1685067585059703.-2207520000.1455121482./1717948165104978/?type=3&theater – with 100% of the proceeds going to help the refugees.

The second print is based on more photographs, taken by drones, of further destruction. Again, the signs of peoples former lives are visible in the rubble of what remains of their towns and cities. This print is called ‘Social Engineering’. The title reflects my research into the role played by our Government in the deliberate ‘reorganisation’ of the Middle East and African regions.

Social Engineering - 10 layer screen print

Social Engineering – 10 layer screen print

 

Celebrating The Familiar – Solo show

Some photos of my Solo Exhibition ‘Celebrating The Familiar’ at The Cauliflower Gin Palace.

There are some more photos on my Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.800792440033318.1073741835.505654016213830&type=3 

'Celebrating The Familiar' Solo show at The Cauliflower Gin Palace

‘Celebrating The Familiar’ Solo show at The Cauliflower Gin Palace

'Celebrating The Familiar' Solo show at The Cauliflower Gin Palace

‘Celebrating The Familiar’ Solo show at The Cauliflower Gin Palace

'Celebrating The Familiar' Solo show at The Cauliflower Gin Palace

‘Celebrating The Familiar’ Solo show at The Cauliflower Gin Palace

'Celebrating The Familiar' Solo show at The Cauliflower Gin Palace

‘Celebrating The Familiar’ Solo show at The Cauliflower Gin Palace

'Celebrating The Familiar' Solo show at The Cauliflower Gin Palace

‘Celebrating The Familiar’ Solo show at The Cauliflower Gin Palace

Review of Affordable Art Fair experience

 

My review of the Affordable Art Fair experience.

I really enjoyed the whole experience of my first ever Affordable Art Fair. My fellow exhibitors from East London Printmakers were all fantastic. A joy to work with and all faultlessly arranged and organised by Steve Edwards and all involved – we knew exactly what to do and when to do it ! The hang was busy, very much ‘salon’ style ! – it looked great – well done and a big Thank You to the hanging team !.

ELP stand at AAF ELP stand at the Affordable Art Fair

 

The 2 photos above were pinched off the East London Printmakers blog so thank you to whoever took them ! www.eastlondonprintmakers.co.uk

The 3 days I spent helping to man the stand were very enjoyable. I loved meeting and chatting to people about my, and other artists’, prints and printmaking techniques. The stand was very lively and busy the whole of the weekend and we all made a good number of sales.

Affordable Art Fair 2015

My screen prints on the East London Printmakers stand at Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My ‘Wall’s Ice Cream’ 15 layer screen print was one that I sold – to a very nice man who stopped to chat for a while, went away to look round the rest of the fair, and then came back to buy it !

'Wall's Ice Cream', screen print

‘Wall’s Ice Cream’, screen print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Already looking forward to being invited to participate next year !

 

Solo Exhibition at The Cauliflower

Very excited to announce that I am having a solo exhibition at The Cauliflower in Seven Kings!! It’s a fantastic pub – a recently refurbished rare example of a Gin Palace – and has been my local for years as well as my muse !

The Cauliflower Gin Palace

The Cauliflower Gin Palace

We will be holding a Private View opening evening on ‘Second Thursday’ – 16th July – at 7pm. Open to everyone so come along and say hello !

Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for more info and updates – https://www.facebook.com/events/718925304885922/

The Cauliflower is at 553 High Road, Seven Kings, Essex, IG1 1TZ. Catch the TFL overground train from Liverpool Street or Stratford and get off at Seven Kings (one stop after Ilford). Then its a very short walk along the High Road. There is also a bus stop right outside the pub. The 86 and N86 stop here, as well as the 128, 150 and 679.