Natural Earth Pigments - Red and Yellow
Mined from Clearwell Caves in The Forest of Dean. Mixed with intaglio extender. I hope to print some wood cuts using this ink.
A walk with my Grandad and the dog. Harrow Hill and Plump Hill woods.
National Botanical Gardens Wales - Carmarthen
This is a number of prints that were taken from bark I collected.
I have made a set of prints from pieces of bark I have collect on walks with my Grandfather. I firstly varnished the bark with shellac so that it strengthened the bark, this meant I would be able to apply sufficient pressure to be able to print it. I really like the prints, they have a delicacy about them.
These drawings are taken from my own hand prints. I only chose specific parts of my hand because I wanted to obscure lines and shapes to emulate something from the Forest, for example the vains on a leaf or the forest floor.
Screen print made from my hand print.
This is the first time I have exposed an image on a screen. I really like the print, its bold and much bigger than the average hand.
I have been making collages using images I have taken of the Forest of Dean and also using my hand prints.
I wanted to include my hand prints as I wanted to put across how much the place has shaped not only me, but my whole family. All of my family grew up in the Forest of Dean and almost all of them still live there. My family have literally been born, lived and died in the Forest of Dean.
The collage for me is a way of playing with different elements and ideas. I find it an effective way to process my thoughts about my work.
The hand prints also resemble a leaf or part of the Forest itself..