Who knew it would be such a palaver! I wanted to display two images – one showing my mixed media painting and the other to display my work using found objects. It was not too hard to choose a layout which suited this but choosing images that were a suitable size to fit the card and still allow the required text was a little more time consuming. Luckily my husband deals with such technological matters but it took him a good half a day to get it right!
The main image is a mixed media painting inspired by a visit to Birling Gap.
The reverse is “Crow” made from Chichester Harbour found objects. I think the two images compliment each other and give an impression of what I like to do.
The cards themselves are made from recycled T shirt fabric which I felt fitted well with my pledge to do my bit for the environment. Thanks to www.moo.com.
My first set of “Found Materials” works are back from Terry at ReFrame and I am delighted with them! Thank you Terry!
Thank you to Elaine Bolt for her encouragement – you will see a little of the ceramics made with her at West Dean College recently. These pieces will be on display at Venue 79 of the Chichester Art Trail over the first two weekends of May together with my mixed media and collage work and the beautiful monochrome photographs of my husband Alan Frost. It will be interesting to see how his work and mine work together – there is definite similarity in terms of colour choice but whilst his is about technical perfection my work is much more rustic!
I am looking forward to seeing the last pieces framed and also to the arrival of a wooden plinth for my trio of sculptures … watch this space!
I hope that these items will not only appeal to some people as pieces of art but also raise awareness of the amount of debris that is thrown into the sea. All of the found elements here came from the Chichester Harbour Area – I walk here most days with our dog and carry one bag for collecting discarded plastic and the like and the other for the items that I feel I can use – thank you to Chichester Harbour Conservancy for the work that they are doing in this beautiful area of West Sussex – perhaps more of us can do our bit by collecting rubbish when we are out and about. Here are the lids I picked up this morning during an hour at Church Norton. Maybe you can beat the number that I found?
During my Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, I produced a series of Cyanotype prints.
The cyanotype process was invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel and is one of the historically oldest photographic techniques. A solution of Potassium ferricyanide and Ferric ammonium citrate (green) are mixed with water separately and then blended together in equal parts. Next (and this is the trickier part), the solution is painted onto paper or fabric to form an even coating. Objects or negatives are placed on the material and the cyanotype is printed using UV light, such as the sun. I worked using daylight and herein lies the next tricky bit. Each print will be different depending on the amount and intensity of the sunlight during the exposure time and the exposure time will vary according to the quality of light so it is an affair of trial and error.
The early cyanotype prints were of seaweed and most usual subject are leaves. I wanted to experiment a little with the process by combining natural objects with man made items and by including other media on the paper before printing. I was pleased with my results but was not sure how to present them.
A few months ago I came across a Victorian photograph album in a charity shop. It was badly worn and some of the inside pages were torn but I felt it had a certain charm. On further consideration, I decided it would work very well with my cyanotypes – the old technique sat well with the old album and the strong blues contrasted with the faded pages.
I also added a few of the papers which I embossed using lino and a printing press.
Do let me know what you think:
The outside of the album
The lovely clasp
An inner page
Paper embossed using lino cut
The smallest cut outs
Beach huts at Wells next the Sea
Leaf and tape
Cyanotype of tracing paper
Last year we had our first ever three week holiday spending two weeks on the marvellous Isle of Mull (one in the North and one in the South of the island) and the final week in the highlands near Sheildaig and Lochcarron in Wester Ross. It was my first visit that far North and I defy anyone not to be impressed by the sheet majesty of the mountains and beauty of the lochs.
Here are some of the photographs that I took and my interpretation of the views in the form of collage. The bottom two images form part of what will be shown in our home as part of the Chichester Art Trail.
Next year we hope to return to beautiful Scotland and venture even further North.