Walking Around 2: Wandering Into The Print Workshop.

Well, NO! It was more like racing in at high speed shouting ‘Let me etch!’ This was because, the day before, I had watched this……..

…and while watching it, I found myself scribbling furiously, drawing quite spontaneously, and making little illustrations of the things Chi was talking about. In no time, I had several sketchbook pages, drawing, making notes, thinking back to the CHWA, conference and remembering the projects about blood and breath that had been presented there……….. Yeah! A sort of idea was germinating which resulted in this.

And by Appraisal time just before Christmas…… these

relating to thoughts about these things….

July – August 2019

It looks like things have been quiet here, but that is not the case. Unfortunately ‘Shinrin’ isn’t through to the ‘Landscape prize exhibition’ but, in truth, it doesn’t really speak of ‘British’ landscape so I am not surprised. I think Hubby is more disappointed than I am. My main task in recent weeks, has been completing my M.A. application and producing a portfolio. I am working on updating the Lowforce website and …. just for a sense of completeness – now that Foundation assessment has been done – I have been mounting projects other than FMP on this blog. It has been an interesting reflective exercise but, I have tried to keep the posting true to the thoughts, experiences and feelings that prevailed at the time the work was done rather than to compose with an ‘editorial’ hindsight. Mainly, I have just posted images from sketchbooks and added extra bits here or there from my written journals and notes. I can now use this ‘back story’ to compile a blog index for my portfolio which, as soon as I got the prints back, I immediately wanted to do again ….. BETTER! I am happy with it as a first ‘edition’ though. I used ‘Newspaper Club’ …..


https://www.newspaperclub.com/

and was very happy with the service – REALLY QUICK- even though there have been mixed reviews from other people who have recent experience of using the platform ie doing ‘zines’ for FMP. Speak as you find! Anyway, I ordered bright and newsprint versions to compare (preferring the former, now that they have arrived). …. too expensive to amend and order new ‘brights’ right now so my second edition can evolve over time. (Polite way of remarking upon the fact Hubby is now (again!!!) 2 months behind in getting paid!) I chose this format – newspaper with a sort of journalistic thread throughout the text – as an alternative to a traditional A1/2 portfolio with work in, mainly because my practice has become a thing of three dimensional proportions and I think a book of pictures of those things looks, in itself, like an attempt at a photographic portfolio and that is not what I am trying to present – I am not a photographer! It is a really interesting expressive exercise I am finding. The newspaper format, I hope, suggests ‘this is about Christine’s practice’ rather than ‘this is Christine’s work’????

One improvement would be such an index as I mentioned above! While I am working out exactly how do make that a useful tool, I have made some category and blog tag suggestions about where to access posts relating to the portfolio spreads pictured below ……. it is a work in progress! The first edition can be downloaded/viewed from the link at the bottom NB it’s in a tabloid format.

CATEGORY FMP/Shinrin Yoku: #FMP #Shinrin Yoku #Arts in Health #sublime
# Barcelona #minimalism #collagraphy #plaster #cement #concrete #printmaking
#Boyce #Penone #Gallaccio #Cambin #Takamatsu #Casey #Weiwei
CATEGORY THE PATRON’S LEGACY
Back cover includes works that can be found at
https://lowforce.lowforce.co.uk/lowforce-creative/

‘Bridge The Gap’: FMP exhibition.

Wow! Humbled, and a bit overwhelmed to have ‘opened the show’ – so to speak.

I think the show is beautifully presented and does credit to the effort that people have put into the work. Viewing it all, as objectively as you can when you’re so wrapped up with the people whose work is there, I can say that I love Elliott’s design piece about different ways of seeing …. I couldn’t resist having a play!

I think Alice’s ‘Body Shock’ is amazingly powerful

When I brought guests… these were their favourites

My husband’s top 5 include these in particular.

I think this range is awesome…

My favourite piece is Sophie’s – it closed the show ….. ironic!

And huge praise to Hannah for the beguiling soundtrack to the whole affair.

Speaking of ironic….. amusing to observe this in our ‘local’.