Over the last two weeks I have been taking workshops in various different printmaking methods. The Scuola's brilliant printshop manager Roberta organised the tutorials which focused on soft ground etching, hard ground etching, aquatint and photo etching. It was great to learn different skills which I can now put into action and develop. Photos of my plates and prints to follow!
Today I visited Arcobaleno -Pigmenti for the second time. The shop is newly opened and located near the famous Gallerie dell'Accademia. This place is an artists heaven. The store stocks everything from Leatherbound sketchbooks to wax seal kits. The shop is family run and everything in the store is produced by the family/ handmade. This really is a special shop. Definitely worth a visit!
The first week at Scuola Internazionale Di Grafica has been very inspiring. I started several projects and also began a course in photo-etching (eco-methods) in the school's print shop.
I am delighted to have been selected to undertake an artist residency in Scuola Internazionale Di Grafica, Venice. I arrived in Venice on Thursday 31st March 2016 and will be resident artist at the Scuola until 30th April 2016.
The Scuola, it's facilities and staff are incredible. This definitely is a hidden gem!
'A Hare For All Seasons' sold for €1,100 via the online auction. This money will help fund home nursing care for sick children. I was delighted to be part of this fundraising initiative, using my creative skills for a very worthy cause!
The online auction for the 'Hares On The March' Initiative is underway. The current bid on the hare which I designed to support the Jack and Jill Foundation stands at €510. Many thanks to the current bidder for supporting the fundraising initiative.
The online auction will run until the 21st March 2016, ending at 5.00pm.
At Jack and Jill Foundations artist meet and greet today. Congrats to David Southern on such a successful fundraising initiative. Glad I could be part of it and help out creatively for such a good cause!
The current bid on the hare I designed stands at: €270
For more info see: http://www.haresonthemarch.ie
Thank you to @NiallLeavyArt for getting in contact and sending me this photo of my hare which is now on display in Easons, O'Connell Street, Dublin.
Thank you to The Argus newspaper for their support! In their newspaper published 18th November 2015, they featured my work with particular emphasis on the 'Hares On The March' initiative.
After many weeks working on the Hare for the Jack and Jill Foundation's fundraising initiative 'Hares On The March' it is finally finished. Soon the Hare will be collected and go for a professional photoshoot for the catalogue and Hare trail booklet. Then in early January, all one hundred 3 foot Hares on 4 foot plinths will stand tall in various locations around Dublin City Centre. This will be followed by an auction to raise funds for the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation. For those interested in adopting and sponsoring the Hares please see: https://www.jackandjill.ie/how-you-can-help/fundraise-for-jack-jill/hares-on-the-march-2015-2016/
Having decided on the visual approach, the next main progression stage was choosing leaves which would best represent the theme "All Seasons". It became clear that the best design solution would be possible by basing the leave choices on one particular tree. Therefore I selected leaves of different colours (see photo below) from the same tree over a period of a few weeks.
Now that the leaves are selected, the real work begins, scanning, printing and cutting out 100's of leaves!
Today a large box arrived from the Jack and Jill Foundation. Inside was the fantastic looking fiberglass Hare. As one of this years selected artists I have been asked to design a hare based on my own approved concept. The theme which I have chosen is "A Hare For All Seasons". Over the next few weeks I will develop and implement a visual style which will represent "All Seasons". It is an exciting project, for a very good cause. Check back over the next few weeks to follow my progress. Once finished the Hare will then go out on location in Dublin City followed by a charity auction to raise funds for the Jack and Jill Foundation.
I have just received word that I have been selected as one of this years artists participating in the 'Hares on the March' initiative in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation. The Hare fibre-glass sculpture will be arriving mid-October. I will be posting photos here of its arrival, unboxing and development. Stay tuned!
For further information on 'Hares on the March' see the following link: https://www.jackandjill.ie/how-you-can-help/fundraise-for-jack-jill/hares-on-the-march-2015-2016/