Over the last few weeks I have been putting the final parts together for the Fleetwood Memorial Park project and I am happy to say its now up and (almost) ready to be viewed!
The project was commissioned by Heritage Lottery and was part of the regeneration of Memorial Park in Fleetwood, including the parks landscaping and the Pavilion where this work now sits. All of the servicemen have been researched by volunteers and I used this information to create small pieces of artwork that then all sit together as one piece.
The launch for the work will be Friday 9th September 12-2pm and all is welcome!
Its all been a bit quiet on the blogging front due to the grey area of crossing over between two projects. This usually means there are lots of days where you feel nothing is getting done until the end of the week and you start to see the fruits of your hard work.
Here is the start of a new research and development grant funded project (via LeftCoast) to experiment and explore how nature can provide the pigments and dyes to use in printmaking. This serves two purposes. One is to teach the young people I work with at the Mereside Boys and Girls Club how to grow food and what small changes healthy eating can achieve. Once the food has been grown I will also use a small percentage of the produce to then experiment with creating inks to print making my own work 100% organic.
A few weeks ago I was asked to provide 600 five color screen printed tote bags for Time To Read the North West Libraries development partnership. Its the biggest screen printing job I have taken on to date and always wanting to challenge myself I agreed and started to prepare.
The design for the bags came from artist Vanessa Cuthbert a Manchester based artist who says ‘connecting reading and art has always been important to her’ in her interview with Clancy Mason the reader development officer in charge of this project. I too took on this job not only for the challenge but because I have such a passion for reading and the important role the libraries play in our lives. Hearing that funding is being cut over Lancashire, jeopardizing the future of the library establishments really grates on me.
The bags that I have been printing are to celebrate National Libraries Day and will be available to local residents across the North West at local libraries soon. Whats your favorite read at the moment? I am currently reading The Taxidermist Daughter by Kate Moss.
It’s been a very busy week at Squirrel and Tiffin HQ recently with the Living Names project, Time to Read commission and a weekend away team building with the Boys and Girls Club (more on these later!).
I have managed however to get some solid dates in the diary for the Launch of the Living Names project as well as the first three workshops. If you are free this coming Sunday 28th Feb between 2-4pm you are very welcome to come along to the Pavilion in Memorial Park Fleetwood. There will be a taster session of screen printing, a talk about the project by Volunteer Graham Lougher and a chance to see what the workshops will look like.
Not free on Sunday? Don’t worry there will be a chance to listen to me on BBC Radio Lancashire this coming Saturday (eek!). I will be talking with Gilly about the project at 8.50am so early birds will get a chance to hear me discussing the art work as well as the workshops. (I will also post a link to the show at a later date for anyone not awake at 8.50am!)
The pavilion is situated at Warrenhurst Road, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 7AE and the dates for the diary are..
The launch – Sunday 28th February 2-4pm
Workshop One – Sunday 6th March 1.30-4pm
Workshop Two – Sunday 27th March 1.30-4pm
Workshop Three – Sunday 3rd April 1.30-4pm
Lats summer I experimented with the idea of using plants and natural foliage to create my own inks for printing. I also had the opportunity to make some natural dyes for the fabrics I use when screen printing.
Although I found the process quite hard at times I did find great comfort in knowing I could use the allotment (and the wonderful staff at GrowBlackpool) to answer any and all of my questions. There was some small victories in using beetroot boiled for hours and a surprising result with wild grass but never anything solid and that I could rely on.
Today I was able to reignite this passion over a conversation in the Polytunnel sewing Teasel seeds. I discussed my idea with the head of the allotment and she too was excited of the idea that I could grow and use my own produce for printing and decided to allocate me my very own plot!
Its that time of the year again when we linger maybe more so than usual around the letterbox in hope that a secret admirer or loved one has sent a little something through the post.
I have to say its one of my favorite times of year and I can remember as a child being so excited when I returned home with my own hand made card for my parents. These days I am still making my own Valentine’s Day cards but this time its with the letterpress and usually for lots of other people!
When sending Valentines and Birthday Cards out to customers I try to make sure they arrive at the destination well padded so if the recipient of said card lives in the same house it doesn’t ruin the surprise.
Like all of my letterpress cards this one is simple and to the point – the ‘I Love You’ is in Gill Sans Type and the white un-coated card stock is complimented by the brown C6 envelope.
For the first time on my blog I am running a competition to win one of these cards. To enter all you need to do is comment below with a love story or re-post this link/image to social media with the hashtag #ilovechiefsquirrel. I will pick a winner on Monday and send it out the same day to ensure you get it in time! Good Luck!