Royal College of Physicians’ Medicinal Garden

I have been invited to draw the Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas) as part of their celebration for the 500th anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians and the 400th anniversary of the college’s publication of Britain’s first pharmacopoeia, the Pharmacopoeia Londinensis (PL).  In 2018 they are planning to produce an illustrated reissue of the first PL, a Florilegium.  This will be launched at the College with an art exhibition in 2018. On my visit I was totally amazed by the building of the Royal College of Physicians – a Grade I listed building designed by renowned architect Sir Denys Lasdun …

London Center for Book Arts

I attended an inspiring workshop at the London Center for Book Arts.  I was introduced to the letterpress and how to create a simple book. London Center for Book Arts  

Experimenting with colour in screen printing

I returned to London Print Studio to learn about screen printing.  I have been considering combining lithography with screen printing for the new series of pieces I am creating as part of London Creative Network.  I love the bright, flat areas of colour that can be created through this method of printing.  Screen printing is a relatively recent innovation compared to other printmaking processes such as lithography.  Screen printing is a stencil process and can be dated back to ancient times. London Print Studio    

Green, red and brown

I am about to start packing up my studio.  My fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation has come to an end and I am taking stock.  I have spent a great deal of time looking at seaweed and rocks.  Having never lived by the coast,  I really enjoyed exploring these resilient  plants at low tide.  In the studio I experimented rather than producing finished work.  I am leaving with lots of ideas, creative energy and excited to begin my next project.  I am sure seaweed will make an appearance in my work soon.  Another artist mentioned that fellowships give you the …

Seaweed inspired thoughts

I am completing an artist fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland.  I have spent the last few days exploring the coastline collecting seaweed, meeting a local seaweed harvester, eating seaweed and even bathing in it!  Some words I jotted down in my sketchbook around seaweed – conceal, reveal, beautiful, resilient, cold, tenacious, delicate, salty, peppery, hidden, mysterious, green, red, brown, black, secretive, glisten, metamorphose, cold…  I plan to begin drawing inspired by these incredible plants.