Wonderful Wooden Letters

While I was happily confined by the snow in January I sifted through the detritus of ideas and materials piled up from 2012.  Then, from there, I gradually began to assemble some ideas for a creative route into 2013.

Once into February life accelerated. Next weekend February 23rd & 24th I am at Bishops Castle Arts Festival. I will be there exhibiting with other book artists from ‘Marches Book Arts Group’ sharing space with ‘Castle Artists’  http://www.bishopscastleartsfestival.co.uk

The results of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Project on which  I have been working jointly with Angela Martin can now be seen on line at http://www.sidneynolantrust.org and the Dunaire Print exhibition that opened in Dublin  in December has moved from Cork Street to Edenderry Co. Offaly and can be seen at Public Access Arts https://www.facebook.com/pages/Public-Access-Arts/490324477644253

Then, last week,  I  set aside my half etched plates, my half printed collagraphs and half made books to rediscover and experiment with letterpress and viscosity inking.

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Using the press in the Regional Print Centre in Wrexham I assembled and printed from an eclectic mixture of wonderful wooden letters. It was a delight to sort, handle and print from them  responding to the unknown utilitarian history that is recorded in the patina of old ink, worn surfaces, woodworm holes and smell.

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