Saturday, 16 February 2013

Peer Art Group Open Submission Exhibition

16 Feb 2013, 12 noon – 10 p.m. (P.V. from 6 p.m.), at STEW Gallery, Norwich.


I exhibited several paper cuts and photographs.
My 'Do More of What Makes You Happy' paper cut was sold.



Sadly, not all of my work could be displayed. The public missed out on seeing my 'Apple Tree' cut and my 'Berlin' prints. However, since the exhibition my 'Berlin' prints were also sold.


Also exhibiting work was Nikki Simmons, a fellow paper cutter and graphic designer. You can find her blog here.

The private view was fun, with live music and alcohol.


One of my closest friends, Catherine, came along. She is an illustrator in her spare time and you can see her work here.

Also making an appearance were Bret & Tim, the duo behind one of my favourite pod casts, Bros & Cons.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Prep for Open Exhibition

I've framed my favourite paper cut and will be submitting it to the PEER Open Exhibition at the Stew Gallery in Norwich, Saturday 16 Feb 2013.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A day at Ryantown HQ

After winning the Rob Ryan Christmas Competition and visiting Ryantown HQ to collect my prizes, I was offered a day's work experience with them.

My main task for the day was trimming their hand printed Valentine's cards (available on Etsy). I managed to trim 60 in 5 hours. I guess this is quite slow, but I think it was more important that they were trimmed perfectly.

Rob took my photo and I have been added to their 'Toilet Door of Fame'.

I've been doing a lot of paper cutting since 2009, and I was very quickly getting blisters from the metal scalpel. I tried various things such as wrapping paper, tissue, plasters and tape around the scalpel. In 2011 I made my first scalpel sleeve out of a small strip of moleskin fabric. I machined the tops and bottoms, then stitched up the side with the scalpel inside so that it was a really snug fit. It did the job perfectly – it was quick to get on and off, protected my hand from the metal, cushioned and improved grip. When I visited the studio I noticed that they were using tape around their scalpels. So I made up a few sleeves for them to try. Everyone was thrilled with them, especially Rob. 

We all sat together for lunch – pie and vegetables. I thought this was a really lovely event for everyone to catch up. There was a very pleasant atmosphere in the studio all day – a small artist's studio is a wonderful place to work!

I spent the last few hours of the day fixing screen-printed transfer decals onto mugs. It was painstakingly difficult to get them straight and get all the air bubbles out, but not entirely impossible. I hope they turned out okay! 

Thanks for a great day! x