My first time exhibiting at Open Hand Open Space at Brock Keep! Very excited to have three of my cyanotype/monotype pieces from my 'Half Memory' work accepted for the 'Remind me to remember ...' exhibition this July. It has given me a real incentive, and the courage, to actually put together some of my many experiments with cyanotypes in a fully cohesive way. It is surely serendipity that my recent work has been all about memory, as is this open exhibition, curated by artist Janet Curley Cannon. It was very hard to decide which three pieces to exhibit and I had to work furiously to finish them on time. Do come to see the exhibition - 20 artists from the region and the South of England.
I've been doing more experiments with cyanotypes, this time combining many of my pressed flowers with vintage images/negatives from my own childhood or belonging to my parents. I want to continue with my 'Half Memory' work which started with a monotone painting, but it now seems totally right to use alternative/early photographic processes to develop the idea more. I'm also keen to use things like buttons, fabric, lace or other ephemera. Hoping to have several pieces by the end of 2018 and maybe exhibit eventually.
During the last couple of years I've been involved with publicity side of the Hillside Community Allotment here in Lower Earley - and have developed several images, logo etc.using collage and hand-painted paper, to help visualise the project initially and then for continuing publicity. From time to time, I therefore produce a new image and recently they've acquired a new polytunnel - so it seemed apt reproduce it - not actually that easy!
I couldn't share this before Christmas, but throughout November and part of December I was madly folding, printing and linocutting, images and messages, for my Christmas card 2017. It was more of an object than a card and was interactive. It was based on a playground game from my childhood and started with a square of paper. We called them 'fortune tellers' but they are also called 'chatterboxes' apparently. I will shortly put the full details on the Christmas Card Archive. Meanwhile here are some pictures.