It has been a crazy few weeks in the studio with nothing really exciting to post about other than the completion of my bird book - or at least my part of it and now it is with Fiona who is adding some text ready for the 'Two Books Meet' on World Book Day on April 23rd.
This doesn't mean that is all that has been done but the rest is not new work but the editioning of etchings for up coming and recent events. We have Maleny Printmakers exhibition over Easter and I needed to have work ready for that - printed a number of etchings from the 'sand drawings' plates and finally, after many years sitting as proofs, I printed and editioned some of my door knobs. I am happy with how they turned out and in fact have framed three of them together as part of the Easter Exhibition.
I spent days printing some of my "In Between Dreams Series' and dug out the etching plates of a series of four flower etchings I had done a few years ago ..... all for a studio visit day. A group of women were coming up from Brisbane and further afield to visit gardens here between Flaxton and Maleny and my friend and neighbour, whose garden was the venue for morning tea, asked if they could come and see my studio. There were going to be about 40 of them and we thought that would work if half of them were dropped here first, and then the other half came after their morning tea and wander around her garden. As it worked out, there were 63 lovely ladies and they all arrived here simultaneously! It was impossible to move and I ended up by talking a little about etching processes, a little about the bird book with which I was struggling as it was evident on the desk in front of me. It was impossible to really see all the work I had on walls or displayed on cabinets as the crush was huge. A few determined and interested women squeezed their way around looking and weaving their way to me for questions and expressing intent to re visit when there was not such a crush.
For all that, it was good exposure and it forced me to get quite an amount of work done - which is now ready for my Open Studio days in October. Many of them left their emails and asked to be invited so that was good. A couple of sales were also sweet.
|a glimpse of the completed book ready for the reveal next week|
|details of sand drawings|
|three of the Italian Door Knob series|
|and some experiments for the book heading to Belgium which will never see the light of day!|