I can't believe I painted Skyla's shoes on the first day of school ten years ago yet it seems like yesterday I took the photo of her on the drive in her duffel coat and brand new red Clark's Start Right shoes.
She was so very proud of them and decided to wear pink plastic beads to match so she looked her "bestest" It's my favourite painting I've done because of the special memories it evokes.
I decided to use this and the memories to create this screen print, 'Feeding the birds'
We used to feed the birds by the river outside the co-op with the crusts of the bread we'd just bought. Sky would eat a slice for herself because " the dickie birds will get too full mummy"
This print is now available in my Etsy and Folksy shops.... maybe I should do another print of Sky's feet at age 13 in her Adidas Superstars!
Last Tuesday me and Sonny went to see the very lovely Jenny Thomas do a talk about her printing process at WYPW.
Jenny's practise involves a mixture of lino and wood cutting and lino etching and she's brilliant at it!
Jenny's work is currently inspired by local architecture, read more hereand here.
Jenny is so wonderfully talented and very inspirational, her massive body of work is so impressive. Sonny loved learning about the process and Jenny let son do rubbings with a graphite block over the wood and lino cuts to reveal the image onto paper, which he thought was amazing.
The thing I love about Jenny the most though is not just her fantastic work but her fab smile and giggle, she's gorgeous inside and out.
When I go printing she always has a big smile when she lets me into the building which is always a great start to my printing day! so lovely.
Jenny's work is for sale at WYPW and is also featured in the current exhibition
Take a bunch of buttercups and a clean Golden Syrup tin and use
it as inspiration for a still life screen print....
... add a cool grey background,
add some warmer shading,
squeegee on some yellow,
then a bit more yellow,
some tin green,
a little gold,
some more shadow,
overlay of green details,
and then pop it in to the framers and,
it's all ready for Holmfirth Artweek!
This "Golden' print has been created to celebrate 50 years of the Holmfirth Artweek exhibition,
championing the amazing creative talent in the Holme Valley in Yorkshire whilst raising funds for the wonderful Macmillan Cancer support.
Macmillan do such amazing work, they were my bible when I was going through cancer treatment, such a worth while cause. So go down to the Civic Hall in Holmfirth from the 3rd July to see some gorgeous artwork, amazing sculpture and support a fab charity at the same time.
There's also the fabulous Holmfirth Artweek fringe to check out too!