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Workshops 2018

I'm about to run some taster workshops before rolling out a full programme for the summer. I'm starting with a sort of hybrid print workshop - a mix of rubber stamping and lino printing - trying out techniques and materials on different surfaces before I offer it to the paying public during'Surrey Artists' Open Studios' in June. (Details from SAOS)

Later, I plan to offer 'Sun Printing with Cyanotype' (when the sun is bright enough!) and a simple bookbinding workshop.
Watch this space for more details later next month...

Happy New Year - 2018 plans

I've enjoyed painting two views of Rye Meadows this month, as a treat between bouts at my desk sorting New Year admin and my 2018 schedule.
The paintings are tall and narrow (the opposite of the fragments above) so are unlikely to be suitable for Rye Meadows greetings cards, but I intend to frame them, together with two further tall paintings, 'Spring' and 'Summer', for exhibition in June (SAOS). Watch this space for details later in the Spring.
I'll also be running workshops in The Studio this year, starting with Rubber Stamping. More info to follow shortly.

A New Project for 2018

I was introduced to the location of my latest project this week - Artist in Residence at Rye Meadows Wetland. It's a beautiful pocket of meadows, woodland, ponds, paths and hedgerows surrounding the Rye Brook, Ashtead, Surrey.
I'll be documenting the changing seasons in paint and print, along with conservation activities carried out by the amazing team of volunteers.
Thank you to Daphne Burnett and David Baker for this exciting commission.

All photos © Cathy Brett & Rye Meadows Wetland

Hi Fest 2017

I'll be launching 3 new hand-printed gift and card collections at Hi Fest next weekend (2nd and 3rd December) - 'Paper Town, 'Memento Medical' and 'I Love Tea'.
Hi Fest 2017 Hastings Illustration Festival Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 11am - 6pm The Printworks 14 Claremont America Ground Hastings East Sussex TN34 1HA

Another Door Closes...

I completed a two-year MA this week (Illustration and Book Arts at UCA, Farnham). It's been hard work studying part-time while keeping illustration commissions ticking over, but it's been worth the effort. I never truly went away, but now feel I'm 'returning' to my career reinvigorated.

MA Project exploring my grandmother's memoir and photographic archive

I've already re-focussed my brain on a new book, so thoroughly in fact that, when asked at the private view to talk about the my final MA pieces, I actually couldn't remember what I had done! Here is some of it...

From the final project, WHAT IS HIDDEN - a part work inspired by Hitchcock's' Rear Window'
The new book, a graphic novel, is currently just an outline and a sketchbook of ideas. It has a slightly older target audience than my previous work - YA and adult cross-over - and will develop visual themes I've been playing with for the last two years. I can't wait to show it to you.

Making Books

Made a test book this week. Mrs. Thorwald is the name of the murdered wife in Hitchcock's Rear Window. I've always wondered about her.

Finished trimming the pages around 10.30pm, which is why the studio is dark.

The, this morning I dipped her in rose watercolour...

...hung her up to dry...

...and finally, added my new 'handmade book' stamp.
You'll have to wait until my exhibition to see the inside pages...

Sketchbook Work In Progress

Want to peak inside my sketchbook? Here's my MA sketchbook this week. Lots of ideas in various stages of development. Also a colour theme beginning to impose itself. More soon...

(© Cathy Brett 2017)