A fun time was spent wood block printing and stamping at the Twt Beech wood craft fair. A lovely project to be involved with celebrating the life of a 240 year old Beech tree, much loved by the community in Cowbridge, South Wales. The tree needed to be taken down from Twt Park due to disease and so a community project has been born to follow what happens to the 20 tonnes of Beech wood.
The wood craft fair involved spoon carving, puppet making, pole lathe, pencil making, and I was wood block printing and stamping on wooden discs, all on Twt Beech wood.
The project will continue as the wood seasons and more can be made with the wood, culminating in an exhibition in a year or so.
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It has been very exciting to discover I can dig up natural earth pigments in my local landscape and turn them into useful paints and printing inks. This is something I have thought about for years, the idea of embedding place into prints and making work that is made directly from the land, transformed through processes but still retaining that sense of place and connection.
The raw natural state of ochre pigments is very beautiful, I think it has something to do with refracting light, there is a deep rich feel to ochre that resonates with print techniques like etching and lithography that give a rich feel to the ink.
This research has led me to hearing stories about Clearwell Caves and the underground world of the Forest, taken me on missions of discovery and tuned my eye to the subtleties of noticing ochre pigment seams in a rock face.
Building a new website has led me to sifting through all sorts of images from old projects and work I have made. It is quite interesting to look back 10 years and see what I was up to. There have been some very inspiring little one off projects along the way that get easily forgotten.
This is some work from a collaboration with Rachel Rosen in 2012 for an Arts and wildlife festival: ‘Have a blast’ at Gwaith Powdwr Nature reserve.
“A weekend explosion of art, performance, wildlife, music and activities set in this ex-gun powder factory in Penrhyndeudraeth”
The birds were cut from recycled tin cans, they were tangled and trapped in the fence and then escaping where the fence had been torn.