Edinburgh based photograph Peter Dibdin has been visiting and working in Sierra Leone since 2014, photographing a development project by Orkidstudio who were building a new school for underprivileged girls run by Swawou School Foundation.
The resulting images of the community involved in the build, from the students to the construction team, will be published in a beautiful hardback book featuring 72 photographs, interviews and essays.
Swawou School student Aminata Sheriff at home
Brick layer Lahai Samai Ngabulango on site in 2014
Teacher Dauda Kabba at the site of the new school
Labourer Moina Kallon digging a 15 ft deep cess pit
Many thanks to everyone who joined us at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop yesterday for the launch of Score Tae The Toor, a handmade book and remix CD inspired by the Concrete Antenna sound installation at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop created by Simon Kirby, Tommy Perman and Rob St John and developed from our previous Concrete Antenna 12" vinyl/print package.
The trio gave a set of musicians access to their sound archive, tower instruments and compositions, and asked them to re-imagine the sited material created for the installation. Seven writers were asked to write pieces inspired by the tower and the installation, with pieces covering architecture, memory, archives, urban ecology and public art, written as essays, poetry and morse code.
Named after a phrase used by fishermen in the Firth of Forth using tall buildings on the Edinburgh skyline to orientate their sailing, Score Tae The Toor is a limited edition publication printed using a variety of techniques including risography, lithography, letterpress and computer controlled pen and knife plotters. Each cover features a unique numbered frame from an animation created by Tommy Perman.
Interrobang: an international showcase of letterpress print forms part of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft's The Village of Type programme.
Selected by a panel of typographers and designers, this open submission exhibition forms part of Ditchling’s popular Artists’ Open House trail and takes place in the beautiful former studios of painter Sir Frank Brangwyn. The exhibition features the work of contemporary letterpress artists from as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA.
We're delighted to have been involved in this project and have produced a Random Spectacular journal dedicated to the event.
The diversity of the exhibition is reflected with an example of work by each of the contributing artists alongside additional articles that take a look at the idiosyncratic approach to typography of Ditchling's printing press St Dominic's. We also talk to Alan Kitching about his work and inspirations and find out more about the activities of the Occasional Print Club, whilst The Counter Press look at the role and relevance of the recent revival in letterpress and Anthony Burrill takes us on a tour of a printing works in a hidden corner of Rye. Take a look inside Interrobang.
The exhibition continues at Jointure Studios (just down the road from Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft) until 30th May 2016. Find out more.
Dynamo Works 'House'
The Print Project 'Shapednoise / Blood Music / Joanne / Boe&Lx poster for Golden Cabinet'
Dafi Kühne 'Januarloch'
Geri McCormick 'Viva'
The front cover of our Random Spectacular journal, featuring an interrobang printed by Thomas Mayo.
Our feature on the work of Alan Kitching Find out more.
Our look at the idiosyncratic approach to typography of Ditchling's printing press St Dominic's Find out more.
'Surface', an exhibition of new work by David Cass has just opened at Gayfield Creative in Edinburgh, with profits going towards the creation of an informative public exhibition Cass has been working on slated to take place in Florence this coming November.
Created using non-traditional methods and painted on unconventional surfaces, these repetitive, layered artworks are unified by their exclusive depiction of water.
Bodies of water that Cass has surveyed whilst travelling: the Atlantic from Cádiz, the Adriatic from Dalmatia, the Mediterranean from Liguria. Many too, are abstracted visions of the English Channel ('Mor breizh') - the strip of water the artist must cross to reach France, Belgium, Spain and Italy - where he sources the materials and supports upon which he works. From Paris’ plethora of antique shops to Brussels’ frequent flea-markets, Cass sources every-day items (wooden, metal, and paper planes) suitable to be brought back to his studio and transformed into the foundation of each artwork.
Cass gathers ordinary objects that speak of function and familiarity: tabletops, drawer bases, trunk lids, roadsigns, books & papers. Aged items and objects that describe a lifetime of use in their worn grains – a kind of repetition that is mirrored in Cass’ mark-making and obsessive documentation of a singular subject.
This Friday sees the opening of Emily Sutton and Mark Hearld's latest exhibition at their York home.
The duo will be exhibiting new drawings, paintings, collages, prints and ceramics. The opening event will run from 6-9pm on Friday 15th April 2016 and doors will then be open 10-6 on Saturday 16th April, 11-5 on Sunday 17th April and then the following Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2016. Visit the exhibition at 104 The Mount, York YO24 1AR.
We'll post further images of the work exhibited soon. In the meantime, if you're not able to visit you might like to explore our website for fabrics and prints by Emily and Mark. Both artists will be exhibiting at St Jude's exhibitions in Yorkshire and London later in 2016. Sign up for our e-mail newsletter for details of these events.
We'll post soon on the making of the poster created for the exhibition (see below) at Tilley Print in Ledbury.
Emily Sutton 'The Yellow Fireplace' watercolour drawing
Mark Hearld 'Lapwings' Nest' collage
Emily Sutton 'The Golden Seahorse' drawing
Mark Hearld 'Swan Flight' collage
Emily Sutton 'Lumber Room Jug' watercolour drawing
Mark Hearld 'Redshank' collage
Emily Sutton and Mark Hearld's letterpress poster, printed at Tilley Print in Ledbury
Parallel//Paysage is an exhibition of new work by Rachel Duckhouse and Bronwen Sleigh. In October 2014 they travelled to Quebec City for an exchange exhibition between Glasgow Print Studio and Engramme. While there they undertook a research trip travelling through Quebec, Labrador and Newfoundland funded by the Bet Low Trust. This latest exhibition presents the divergent responses of these two artists to their shared experience of the same landscapes through printmaking, drawing and sculpture.
A detail from one of Bronwen's etchings
Bronwen editions a new lithograph print
A detail from Rachel's pen and ink drawing 'Saguenay ii'
One of Bronwen's etching plates
Rachel inks up her 'Black Wood' linocut
Rachel's 'Black Wood' linocut and 'White Wood' pen and ink drawing
Pages from one of Rachel's sketchbook
From 19th March until 23rd April 2016 our good friends at Tinsmiths in Ledbury will be presenting Spring Life, an exhibition of work by painter/printmaker Mark Hearld and ceramicist Paul Young.
You'll be able to get a sneak preview of two new designs we'll be launching soon - the fabric version of Mark's popular Squirrel and Sunflower wallpaper and a new design, Cirque D'Hiver, inspired by time spent in Paris.
Mark has also been collaborating with Ledbury based letterpress printer Martin Tilley on a series of new linocut prints, featured in the film above.
Spring Life runs from 19th March until 23rd April 2016 at Tinsmiths, Tinsmiths Alley, 8A High Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire. HR8 1DS. Visit their website for opening times.
We'll be adding details of Mark's new fabrics to our website soon, in the meantime you can view Mark's existing fabrics and wallpaper for St Jude's.
Mark Hearld's forthcoming Cirque D'Hiver fabric for St Jude's
The fabric version of Mark Hearld's Squirrel and Sunflower wallpaper for St Jude's