i. I had an extra day in London to make up for last week and managed to get several hours in the workshops making monotypes and preparing a stone to start experimenting with lithography. A good (at times frustrating) practical week.
ii. On Wednesday morning we visited Paupers Press, a fine art print and publishing studio in Hoxton that works with leading and emerging contemporary artists. We were introduced to master printmaker Mike Taylor who gave us a tour of the workshop and showed us prints by Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Chris Ofili and others. Mike explained to us some of the processes he had developed with artists, often combining several techniques using hand drawn, photographic and digital imagery. He also generously gave us each a copy of The Mechanical Hand (a book featuring several of the examples we had been shown) as a memento. It was a fantastic reminder of why I love the practicalities and processes of printmaking and an inspiring visit.
iii. I spent most of Tuesday morning preparing for the upcoming group show at Mercer Chance (writing a press release and emailing artists) - it takes a lot more admin than I expected to organise a show! I think I’ve also decided which self-portrait to exhibit too. Not long to go now!