Last weekend, I took part in the first of my two "Open Studio" weekends. Actually, this year I have not opened my studio due partly to accessibility issues and I am sharing Gallery@12A in Fulbourn, near Cambridge, with Sue Rapley, a painter. It was a rush (as always) to get everything together but, in the end, everything looked good:
There was limited wall space but quite enough to show an array of framed work:
Since I wanted to demonstrate the process of engraving, I set myself up at the end of a long table:
Further along the table, I made a display of bookplates so that people could pick through them and appreciate the quality that a hand printed piece has:
On the long table were three "browsers". I was particularly pleased with them as I adapted them myself, buying three "racks" from Habitat, turning them upside down and setting them into bases cut from curved shelving of a similar wood that I had stored in my garage. I thought that they looked very professional:
And here is a general view of the space. The paintings on the right are by Sue Rapley, holding her first exhibition. Apart from being a fine painter, Sue is also great company.
We are open this weekend (14th - 15th July). We would love to see you there. Details can be found here:
Its all go here. I am engraving a highly detailed business card and working an a design of an intriguing bookplate, combining many different interests of the recipient. I'm also getting ready for Art In Action at Waterperry near Oxford from 19th - 22nd July. Details can be found here:
It would be great to see you if you attend - do drop in and see me in the Printmakers tent.
During Art In Action, I will be living in my 1976 VW camper van - trouble is, the inside looks like this at the moment:
NOT really suitable for an engraver of a certain age and so, dear reader, I am also working every hour under the sun and the moon to refit it.