Monday

Easter weekend

Hello!

I hope your Easter weekend has been full of chocolate and fun. I have had FIVE DAYS off (I literally NEVER do this and it's been a TOTAL revelation!)

I've had a really wonderful time visiting the fashion exhibition at Chatsworth House and the Wedgwood Museum...


I have posted LOTS of beautiful snapshots over on Instagram, and I've returned feeling so inspired and excited about the highly decorative things I've seen. If you get a chance to visit these exhibitions do go, they're incredible! 

I'm excited to return to the studio tomorrow (it feels like I've been away for ages!) and get my teeth into the public art project I'm working on in South Gloucester. I'm designing the consultation element at the moment and it's so great to have the opportunity to work with and learn from the people I'm making the art interventions for! x

Thursday

Screen printing

Hello! I've been having a brilliant time screen printing recently and so I just wanted to share the process...

My studio is at home and I don't have the space to do a full emulsion printing set up, especially since it is only something I dabble with occasionally. So I've been working with the Daler Rowney System 3 drawing fluid and screen block. It's really easy, reliable and perfect for a home studio.

You will need...

- Daler Rowney System 3 screen drawing fluid
- Daler Rowney System 3 removable screen block
- Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic printing medium 
- Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paints (whatever colour (s) you fancy)
- silk screen
- squeegee

Also, top tip... I have hinges attached to my desk (a bit like these), they allow me to clamp the screen and hold it still and they're only small so I leave them on the desk all the time.

For my recent screen prints I've been using the designs created for the paving (part of my commission for The Lexicon - more info here). 

First job is to paint your design using the blue drawing fluid on the inside of your screen (give it a really good stir first!) then leave it to dry. 



Once dry pour a bead of screen block to the top of the screen and using the squeegee flood the screen try to create an even layer. Leave the screen block to dry (I always leave it overnight). Then using COLD WATER ONLY wash out the blue screen block.



Once the screen is dry you're ready to print - HOORAH! You mix the print medium with paint 50/50 and everything is water based so it's easy clean up and no fumes.

When you want to reclaim the screen (ie, get rid of the design so the screen is blank again) you wash it out with VERY HOT water. I wear rubber gloves and use cif detergent and a cloth to scrub at it too. 

For more help I found this tutorial by Ella Masters really helpful - she uses the thicker screen block which comes in a tin but I prefer the one in a bottle like this.



In other news this week has mostly been drawing orchids for a branding commission and researching for my new public art commission in South Gloucester - a rather lovely way to spend a week!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you next time x

Casting plants



Hiya, it's a lovely sunny Spring day here - hope it is where you are too!

I'm so excited by all the different projects I've got on the go at the moment. It's challenging, the need to research and learn about so many different materials, and the thought that so much of what I produce now is permanent - huge sculptures and integrated artwork that will probably outlive me!

I just wanted to share some photos of a couple of different material experiments I've been working on in the studio. Creating plaster casts from real plants by pressing them into clay to create a mould and then using pouring plaster of paris into it. The detail that can be captured in wonderful! I'm going to be using using this process on a much larger scale soon (using GRP - glass reinforced plastic instead of plaster) for a HUGE 3m high cast plant sculpture. It's very exciting!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, I'm going to do some screen printing and then visit Kew Gardens to see the snakes head fritillaries, magnolias and blossom trees x

Tuesday

New project klaxon x


Hello! I'm excited announce my new public art project with Studio Response and Bellway Homes. I've been commissioned to create integrated artwork for their new development of 64 homes in the village of Charfield in South Gloucester. It's a really wonderful, open brief and I'm currently working with Avon Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and local biodiversity groups to gain a better understanding of the wildlife in the area. Stay tuned here to see what I'm up to on this (and other projects) x

Wednesday

A visit to the fabricators...


Hiya all

Hope that you're having a lovely week - if not there's always cake! 

It's been a lovely, sunshiny Spring day which is marvellous because (in case you haven't noticed) I LOVE flowers, however this does mean that my days of wearing THE WORLDS BEST COAT are numbered (I was bloody boiling today!)

There is a scary quantity of work in the studio at the mo, but it's all TOO exciting so as long as I'm organised all will be well, current list is...
4 x public art projects
1 x branding project
1 x advertising project
2 x packaging projects

I'm also loving exploring screen printing, I've been working with Daler Rowney's System 3 drawing ink and screen block and then combining their printing medium 1:1 with my acrylic paints - see Instagram for images of what I've been up to. I don't think I'll have any time for screen printing this week as tomorrow I have a million (slight exaggeration) things to do and then Fri I'm lecturing at UCA, Sat is brunch with a lovely friend and then a party in the evening and Sun is a HUGE catch up with my uni friend and then a Skype gossip with a US pal in the evening. But the screen printing stuff is calling me... stay tuned...

The image above is from Mondays visit to the fabricators Setworks to look at lots of stuff for the public art project I'm doing in Berkshire (1 of the 4 big public art jobs at the mo) it's my favourite brass bug, I've sculpted nine different bugs and they're an element of the street furniture I've designed.

OK, heading off to cuddle the cats

Love 

Kerry x

Friday

Ideas Island


AGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

This week I discovered that I've been selected for the most INCREDIBLE artist residency, creating a series of drawings on my very own private island in Sweden! No one else will be there but me (and my partner Steve West) and it looks and sounds like heaven to me. The project is called Ideas Island, it was created by author and speaker Fredrik Härén and he selects creative people to stay for free for one week on his island to work on their ideas.

The island Vifärnaholme is a 7,000 sqm, private island close to Stockholm Sweden with its own hammock, beach and dock. The house is located in the middle of the island so it is only a few meters to the water on all sides and you access the island via rowing boat. "Even though it is one of the 10 most central private islands in Stockholm, the island feels very isolated and secluded once you are on it. In most directions you see nothing but water and trees, yet you always know you are close to civilization."

I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL JUNE! x

(Photo taken by Laura Shin)

Bespoke lighting


Hiya

I'm excited to share this animation by the magnificent Lazy Chief - it's SO exciting to see my drawings brought to life and flying across the screen! This is one of fifteen static gobo designs I've designed for The Lexicon town centre, a public art commission with Artscape Management.

I drew the moths from specimens collected in Bracknell in the 1980s and held at Reading Museum called the Dumbleton Collection. These drawings are screen printed onto glass and then fitted into a projector to shine the drawings in light down onto the pavements at night. I recently had the opportunity to test one of the designs on site (see below) and I can't wait until they're all in place.




Have a lovely weekend, mine will be a combination of walking, screen printing and going to see the Hockney show at the Tate HOORAH! x