A real life art exhibition!

Between the 6th August and 9th September this year, I have a real live actual photography in a real live actual gallery!!

Photography has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Well almost, I mean it has been my passion for nearly 30 years but I can remember before that, I guess my passions before that mostly ran to the next A-Ha single, which care bears I had and reading…

Anyway photography has been my passion for a really long time… and I have, for a number of years wanted to have an exhibition. I have got as far as thinking about it but have always put myself off with negative thinking a sort of internal assumption that I couldn’t do it. I can’t blame anyone else, I never really spoke about it in any serious way.

Until one day last year when I mentioned it to Lucy from Portergirl who leaped on the idea with contagious enthusiasm. Spurred on by this I immediately googled venues in my area and emailed the gallery in the local theater (The Capitol) with links to my photos on Flickr . I was going on the principle that the worst they could do was say no, they were unlikely to be rude!

Much to my surprise, they emailed back within the day saying they liked my photos and would be happy for me to have an exhibition in their gallery, not long after that we had agreed dates and I had signed a contract!! I was in shock for quite a while, I didn’t really think they would say yes!!

So now I have a photography exhibition coming up, which still sounds extremely exciting, and daunting!! It is much more work than I anticipated but it is absolutely going to be worth it!

It is called Beauty in the Mundane and is based on the concept of seeing ordinary things in an extraordinary way! flyer

It is safe to say I am pretty terrified of this but also extremely excited!! I have no idea how to organise a photography exhibition! So far I have been concentrating on getting things printed, the next step is framing… and advertising…

I have got as far as making flyers, and a facebook page, but I suspect there is more to advertising than that…if anyone has any ideas feel free to let me know 😀

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Further adventures in lino printing

After my initial reasonably successful foray into the world of lino cutting and printing, I decided I wanted to try something more ambitious…

The only tiny disadvantage I could think of when it came to this was the fact that I can’t draw very well…I can do abstract, and I can do patterns and I can see pictures, I just can’t make my hand put them down the way I want…so I came up with an alternate plan…I decided to use my photos, process them until I can only see outlines then transfer them to lino 😀

These are the two I used for my first experimentation…

Transferring them to lino wasn’t as easy as I anticipated, I eventually settled on the “press really hard with biro then fill in the groove” method which I am sure is not a recognised one but it worked!

This is what the transfer / cutting process looks like.

And this is the outcome…

I learned a few things from this, firstly I need to work on not pressing quite as hard when i am cutting the lino, my lines come out a little bit think in quite a lot of places. Secondly I think that the photo of fewer beach huts works better, I think this is because it has greater tonal variation and interest in the photo. I was convinced it would be the other one repetition works very well as a photo…

It is good to try these things and learn for next time 😀

 

Doorways…

I love doors and doorways… It is something of a current obsession of mine…So I have started a photo project looking at doors and doorways and gates 🙂

I am hoping to take it into other media too, I think doors and gates would lend themselves to lino cutting very well,  they could be my first ventures into cyanotype printing…

So what is it about doorways I hear you asking…well, they are fascinating. Don’t you ever wonder what lies beyond a door?  It is the door that finally completes the barrier you erect with the walls of your house, it is the door that allows you and other people to pass between your domain and the real world!

A closed door or an unexplored gateway is a mystery, it is the entrance to a potential new world! Who know what goes on behind it!

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Further investigation of image transfer

Good afternoon, I though it was time for another update. I have been carrying on with my experiments in image transfer and getting some interesting results. I have mede some discoveries along the way and though i would share them here (and record them lest i forget)

The first thing i have learned is that hessian is not an easy surface to transfer images to…it is quite bumpy and has holes in it…

However…if you do want to transfer to hessian it is possible but it works better if you but at least 3 layers of acrylic medium, probably more so that it wont all rub off when you try to get the backing off…

Closer weaved fabrics work a lot better, calico is relatively sucessful. Hard surfaces such as wood (the only hard surface i have tried so far, work much better too.

I have also discovered that the type of medium also makes a difference, I have tried the Windsor and Newton Matt and Gloss Mediums and the Liquitex gloss medium, the Liquitex version seems to work much better for this application, I might have to do a direct comparison of all three on the same photo and the same surface at some point.

So that is what i have learnt…here are some photos of what i have done with some of the previous image transfers and some new projects.
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wood 3

The wood transfers are in the middle of drying after i took the backing paper off with water, which is why their colour looks a little odd. They need a little bit more attention in places.

Experiments in image transfer

Recently i Have been investigating transferring photos onto fabric using acrylic gel medium, it is an interesting process that i need to work on a little before i have it perfected.

I have discovered that hessian is trickier as the very course has a tendency cause the picture to rub off when removing the paper backing. Calico is more successful and more layers of medium work better. It is also important to let the acrylic dry completely before removing the paper.

ok… here is the bit where i get a tiny bit pretentious…but i love the london eye photo and the railings photo because i love the juxtaposition of the geometric modern subjects onto the textured natural looking fabric.

so here are the results…
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THe next step is to incorporate these transfers into larger pieces, i just need to decide exactly what i want to do. I am also going to do some experimentation with image transfer into other mediums, gesso, acrylic paint etc.