23 April 2008



second attempt...

...last week i painted a screen print design but when it came to coating it with filler to create the print area it went a bit wrong. instead of stressing out and becoming a flake i decided to just get on with it and do another one. i planned out the design a bit better and did it in the space of two days. the top picture is a screen print i did this evening from the new screen and the bottom image is a photo of part of the old screen that went wrong. so it was a step backwards but i think in the end i made three steps forward as i think the new design works better and the ideas are flowing for the rest of the experiment pages i am going to draw tonight as i reached a blank with it last night. please click on the images to see them larger. especially the first one.
bit of a history lesson...

...might not look like stephen fry but i did try. i drew him this evening while i used the technology of today to learn more about the technology of yesterday. as part of my dissertation my main area of research was about the print revolution which began with Gutenberg's invention of the movable type press. so on the bbc iplayer there is a sixty minute programme of which mister Stephen Fry goes on a journey to discover the history of how, what, why, where and when with regards to Gutenberg's creation. with the help of two print enthusiasts, they go as far as making a replica printing press from wood and print a page or so to replicate Gutenberg's bible which caused a storm in the mid fifteenth when he unveiled it at an important trade fair. it is available to watch for the next five days and if needs be if you download it you can keep it to watch for thirty odd days. by the way i am not advertising or endorsing the BBC but just thought i would share a link. i think i am off to sleep as my imagination is very tired at the moment and needs a rest as i have been trying to draw pages for my book but nothing seemed to flow or work except hand written text. even then i didn't know what words to draw. i am not worrying too much as i believe i will be hit by a burst of ideas tomorrow. maybe around 11.24am.

Monday...

...on Monday i made the decision that i me and my camera must become as one as i was missing photo opportunities. i missed a Scottish marching band on Sunday while i was on my way to find acrylic spray and taking photos with the mobile phone is not on. first thing on Monday my decision was justified as a little robin came into the print room! now my witness account may be biased due to my current line of illustration work. he came in to the main print room whilst we were in the tea room. he swiftly looked around to check out the merchandise but he got caught out as he thought he was on his own. he then tried to fool us by looking like he was lost and started to ask us for directions. we kept telling him where the windows were but he still continued to fly around to see if there was anything of value he could lift. after a while he made his escape through a sky light. i know what his face looks like now as he wasn't wearing a mask. so beware the robber bird.

ps. my robber bird print was selected to be part of the artlab group exhibition of which the private view is tomorrow. i haven't been in an exhibition for a over a year now and so am very excited to see it alongside other people's work. i will of course be taking my camera.