For a any months I have been troubled by the plight of the Refugee Crisis hitting Europe, and although we have all donated and campaigned, I was delighted when I heard about the ArtworksForAid project. Set up a week ago by illustrator Nina Tara, ArtworksForAid has already gained momentum and already has 50+ contributors on board. All artwork will be auctioned off via the website and funds sent to aid the refugee crisis. So this little print will be winging it's way to the site-a limited edition of 5 prints. For more information on ArtworksforAid and how you can get involved can be found on the website:
Saturday, 12 September 2015
After a very long summer break, and a much needed holiday to the beautiful west coast of Scotland, it been reassuringly good to be printing again.
I was given some beautiful handmade Indian paper recently and decide to create some prints to that would enhance the natural fibres of the paper.
As you may know, I am a little obsessed with the peacock, such beautiful birds, that work so well within a design. Amanda x
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Wild Garlic Lino print
Thank you to everyone for suggesting less painful methods of cutting lino, I have been on the lookout for some softer medium, but by chance came across a small piece of soft cut lino in my local art shop.
It works very well, although it cuts in a very different manner to traditional lino. I decided to go for a simple approach, A simple print, in black and white, hand tinted with watercolour to add a little colour.
I drew inspiration for an experimental print with a recent foraging trip for some wild garlic. Slightly late in the season. the garlic had started to produce wonderful seed heads, rather than the distinctive white flowers. The smell in the kitchen was wonderful along with the smell of some freshly cut rosemary from the garden!
Saturday, 2 May 2015
It's been such a long time since I last posted, time to dust of the cobwebs get the printing ink out and start printing again!
Life has been very tumultuous to say the least this past year, lots of health developments and hurdles to overcome (a long story!) but thankfully after many tests I have finally been diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Hopefully, I will now be able to manage this with the right medication and move forward.
Cutting the plates has proved to be quite painful, and results in sore wrists and arms, so I am on the look out for some softer vinyl use. Watch this space!
As always part of healing and recovering is learning to enjoy the simple things in life. This new print celebrates the precious time I get to spend in the garden, stylised magnolias and foliage and that wonderful blackbird that always makes his presence known one way or another. Amanda x