Essential project reading for that flavour of 1860's northern France. The novel is about poverty and hardship during the time of a major strike. The title translates into a time for germination in nature but also has a double meaning as a political uprising that caused the starvation of millions of Parisians at the time.
On Matt Abbott's recommendation watched a great film 'Pride'. Inspired purchase of a T-shirt for lesbian's and gay's role in the miners strikes of 84-85. Importance of minority groups in supporting each other against corporates in a capitalist society.
Coke, Iron ore and a flux limestone are melted together in a blast furnace. When the metallurgical smelting process is complete, the lime in the flux has been chemically combined with the aluminates and silicates of the ore and coke ash to form this non-metallic product. Material research for the project one that can be … Continue reading Blast Furnace Slag
Interesting process this one have been taught at The Royal Drawing School. Using sugary substances it is possible to etch a metal plate. Simply draw onto a greased surface then treat to biting through acids in usual technique. Aquatint applied afterwards will give varying depths of shade/darkness. Prints can be made in the usual way.
Aquatint this week. Way of being able to build up tone in different areas. Use of varying grades of abrasive powder, then heated up with a Bunsen to fuse with the soft ground. Drawing on a copper plate in usual fashion of stages to create an ever darkening picture. Finished up by working drypoint etching … Continue reading Week 4 of etching course: Aquatint
Soft ground process of etching learning this week Royal Drawing School . Another nice form of drawing using any implement to hand and a system of layering, and building up image in stages. Aggressive fizzing of zinc that eats away at a barely scratched in line to leave a dense and dramatic effect.
First etching using an aluminium plate that is smoked using a flame. Metal cleaned with chalk before rolling ink to an even honey colour. Plate transferred still hot to a precariously wedged in angle at the bottom of an infinitely black chimney. Drawing process in stages from here.
The first trip to NCM for Alex and I. Undercover reconnaissance trip to underground layer full of rare never seen before painting, drawings and polyester resin pillowcases (mistaken by some for huge lumps of carved coal). They need to get a larger space for showing work as that space will never do it justice. Pithead … Continue reading National Coalmining Museum
Wakefield imagery from out and about. Including from a fleeting visit to the library and museum in the council offices. Who would have thought you would have seen such oddities!? Also loving the women's liberation for snooker players.
Developing new printing skills at the Royal Drawing School today at Shoreditch. Hoping to make use of printroom facilities at The Art House in Wakefield next year.