2017!

2017 has broken with the typical type of wet Sunday you’d expect. Its a gift to everyone sorely in need of a duvet day. For once, that isn’t me, the fire to get things up and running for the year is firmly lit!

My Christmas cards for 2016. A Christmas Bauble lino cut. I made 4 variations of this, 3 with red, blue and yellow in rotation and 1 that is just black. Lino is definitely something I want to work and improve on over the next year, and hopefully create some prints for my Etsy Shop.

Lino has really taken off this year, it was my friends at The Artery’s best seller, and rightly so as its a fab process and you can do it at home without too much fuss. If you’re in the Oxfordshire area, Barry is running a class on Lino Prints in February.

I have finished my first semester on my FdA course, and it is wonderful. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive environment, I have access to all the processes I could wish for and am challenged and pushed outside my comfort zone. I’m looking forward to starting a major project in a couple of weeks, I can’t wait to see what comes of it! I am blogging as part of my FdA over at KittyAF.

I had intended to write a post about the Access Course I was enrolled on last year, and I still do, so sit tight! I have a lot to say about the importance of this sort of course existing; without it I wouldn’t be where I am now!

Lastly, plans for 2017 as an artist separate from my student work. I picked up two concertina sketchbooks from a local charity shop a couple of months ago with a germ of an idea for 2017 in my mind. In 2015 I spent 6 months doodling every day, but called a halt to it because of the time constraints of my Access Course. The benefits of daily practice were massive though and I now have 6 months worth of ideas sitting in my studio for when I need inspiration. I’m still hashing out the rules for my 2017 project but I can tell you that it will be weekly and is likely to involve watercolour or ink illustration as I want to brush up on both of those! I reckon I can get 52 weeks out of the two sketchbooks.

My other plan is to set up my Etsy shop. Depending on time and inspiration it will be a mix of: zines, prints, cards and hopefully some acrylic items. Exciting times!

Wishing you all a creative and happy 2017.

New Year, New Blog

One of my final acts for 2015 was to post something to this blog. I still have the rest of the site to get up, but there is a page for our Winter Showcase Exhibition, so I’ll call that a win.  Hopefully I will be able to add some “press” to the page soon. It would be nice to write a post about my experience of setting it up, but I have to say it was pretty straightforward, so I’m unsure if it would be a useful read or not!

The primary aim of this blog is to share my experiences of college – and hopefully university – as a mature student. I am really enjoying my course and the art I’m producing, so I’m pretty enthusiastic to share that! My current aim is to finish off my sketchbook for the Body Project, submit my UCAS application and prepare my portfolio for interview.

— Kitty