Work in Progress

Urban Bees: Working Together

 

Assembling the different elements to go together to create the prints for the exhibition.

The exhibition is taking place at the Yard Gallery at Exeter College September 5 – 27 2014

The Exhibition is inspired by the rooftop bees on Exeter’s Princesshay shopping centre.

For details about the other artists I have commissioned to show with me see the News Page

I will reveal more of the finished artwork when the exhibition has opened.

 

 

Most of the prints I am creating for this exhibition involve collagraph backgrounds, chine collè drypoint bees printed on tissue paper and hand tinted, together with mono printed plant materials. Some of the plants were actually grown specifically for this project. I had never taken cuttings of lavender before and I was delighted that my gardening efforts took. I wasn’t so delighted that I then needed to uproot the small plants when they reached the right size and pressed them for printing. Ah… but it did make for very fragrant printing…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The collagraph backgrounds are of a fairly simple construction using cut card and texture pastes. The challenge for me was to suggest the stark architectural spaces of the shopping centre rooftop without being too explicit. These are loosely based on my own photographs. I also created a couple of separate collagraph elements to use in a modular way with the backgrounds. Eg bee hives and raised beds for the bee friendly plants.

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, I also prepared several drypoint plates of bees. After proofing and printing in small simple editions, I then printed the bees on tissue paper. The tissue paper bees were then hand coloured, pasted with wheat starch paste and prepared to be used as chine collè with the collagraph backgrounds.

 

 

 

 

And – various bee friendly flowers and plants were gathered and pressed to be used as mono print elements in the works.

 

Only once all these elements were prepared could I start to think about printing.

 

 

 

 

The way I set about designing the layout for each print was to experiment with the elements I had to hand, trying out different plant materials with the backgrounds until I was happy to proceed. I would then have to take a photograph of the layout to help me remember which way up to ink the plants and what I had decided would be a good balance. Remember everything is worked out back to front with printmaking.

 

 

 

 

Plants would then be inked by running through the press on a plate inked with a suitable range of colours. The collagraph back ground and chosen modular element would then be inked intaglio with low-key transparent colours. Tissue paper bees carefully placed with tweezers – glue side up. And only then would the whole ensemble go through the etching press with damp cotton paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever came out of the other side either worked…. or it didn’t.

I could manage two or three prints on a printing day, and luckily, only one when in the bin!

 

 

Here’s a very short video for you….

 

 

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30,000 miles – Art exhibition

Making the Devon Hedge Bank prints.

This exhibition will be taking place at the RedEarth Galler, Bickleigh durring the last two weeks of October. See News page for regular updates.

Here I am offering glimpses of work in progress for this exhibition.

Staring the collagraph plate, Devon Hedge Bank, Lynn Bailey
Staring the collagraph plate, Devon Hedge Bank, Lynn Bailey
Building textures on collagraph plate Devon Hedge Bank by Lynn Bailey
Building textures on collagraph plate Devon Hedge Bank by Lynn Bailey
Inking collagraph plate for the first time. Devon Hedge Bank. Lynn Bailey
Inking collagraph plate for the first time. Devon Hedge Bank.
Pulling first proof. Collagrph. Devon Hedge Bank. Lynn Bailey
Pulling first proof. Collagrph. Devon Hedge Bank.
Inking plants for mono print.Devon Hedge Bank. Lynn Bailey
Inking plants for mono print.Devon Hedge Bank.
Rolling transparent relief ink on inked up collagraaph
Ready to print collagraph mono print Devon Hedge Bank. Lynn Bailey
Ready to print collagraph mono print Devon Hedge Bank.
Printing collagraph mono print Devon Hedge Bank. Lynn Bailey
Printing collagraph mono print Devon Hedge Bank.

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‘Silverweed’ monotypes

Here are some photographs of my Silverweed series being printed. I didn’t really want to reveal too much of this work until I knew that it had got through the selection process for the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s summer show. So really this is now completed work rather than ‘work in progress’. But the photographs do show something of the printing process and I hope you like them anyway!

I was aiming to be fairly simple and understated, as a result the work had to be immaculately clean – which any printmaker knows is a bit of a challenge.

To find out more about A Silver Thread go to the News page.

a glimps of silverweed
the large centre piece being printed
a nice hairy 'thread'
the reveal

Dont forget to click on the pictures to see the whole picture….

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‘Plymouth Pear’ is a piece printed from two collograph plates, mono printed leaves and hand tinted chine collè tissue.

The Plymouth Pear is Britain’s only native pear (think of a pear equivalent to a crab apple). It is an endangered species with only a few specimens growing in Devon.

Here are the 1st proofs from the two collagraph plates –

The 1st proofs

Real pear leaves were mono printed onto the inked up background collagraph plate then printed using an etching press –

Background plate being printed with it's mono printed leaves.

Then tissue paper ‘pears’  were added to the 2nd inked up collagraph plate and printed over the background image –

2nd plate being printed with it's tissue paper 'pears'.
Detail
Finished piece.

AND NOW…. here is Plymouth Pear – Spring.

First, printing the real Plymouth Pear leaves onto plate one –

Printing the leaves onto the collagraph plate

Then ready to print the second stage with tissue paper blossoms in place –

Ready to print the second collagraph plate
Detail
Spring has sprung...

 

Most of the prints I am creating for this exhibition involve collagraph backgrounds, chine collè drypoint bees printed on tissue paper and hand tinted, together with mono printed plant materials. Some of the plants were actually grown specifically for this project. I had never taken cuttings of lavender before and I was delighted that my gardening efforts took. I wasn’t so delighted that I then needed to uproot the small plants when they reached the right size and pressed them for printing. Ah… but it did make for very fragrant printing…