rust and totems …

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I am finding industrial landscapes, objects and interiors as potentially a rich source of inspiration for my abstract artworks as rural landscapes. In fact I can see a kind of landscape in some of my photos here.

The rich patina of marks, scuffs, rust, paint and general usage all bear witness to an intriguing, sometimes forgotten, history, whilst their shapes, colours and textures will undoubtedly haunt my future work.

A quiet beauty… a totemic presence…

Some people are a little bemused by my new love, others see it as a natural progression of my artwork and love it enough to buy it, for which I am very grateful.

These are a just a few of my own photos of humble places and objects, which I find I keep coming back to, so I thought I’d share them.

grinding mill 1. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 1. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

grinding mill 3. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 3. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

grinding mill 2. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 2. digital photo. Mari French 2014


grinding mill 4. digital photo. Mari French 2014

grinding mill 4. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

Rusting ladder, Newlyn. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Rusting ladder, Newlyn. digital photo. Mari French 2014


 
 

Whelk shed. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Whelk shed. digital photo. Mari French 2014

 

Chain & rope. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Chain & rope. digital photo. Mari French 2014


Hayloft nail. digital photo. Mari French 2014

Hayloft nail. digital photo. Mari French 2014

collagraph experiments …

Collagraph with transfer and chine colle.

Collagraph with transfer & chine colle. Mari French 2014

This week’s experiments with printing collagraphs… incorporating printed material (both found and self created on Lokta paper). 

The subject matter in these is deliberately more abstracted than my recent collagraphs. The plate was mount board with texture paste brushed on (perhaps a little too much on the last one below ‘Fathoms’). I use cerulean blue ink a lot, but mixed this time with a little raw umber, which gives a lovely depth of colour.

Really enjoyed producing these and I’ll be experimenting further along these lines. I’ll keep posting the results.

Collagraph with transfer and chine colle

Collagraph with transfer & chine colle version 2. Mari French 2014

 

Fathoms. Collagraph with transfer & chine colle. Mari French 2014

Fathoms. Collagraph with transfer & chine colle. Mari French 2014

 

 

hot off the press…

Printing collagraph with Chine Colle. Mari French 2014

Printing collagraph with Chine Colle. Mari French 2014

 

I recently moved the printmaking side of my art business to a new venture in my home village of Harpley, Norfolk. Norfolk Design Gallery is where glass artist Fi Kilpatrick, architect Lara Hall and myself work at our respective crafts and display and sell our own work and that of other makers and artists. 

I’ll still be painting from my lovely rustic studio but printmaking at the new place a couple of days a week. I’ve been getting set up the past few weeks but have been creating and printing collagraphs the past week. 

I’ve just tried out the technique of Chine Colle, which is where thin piece/s of coloured paper, such as Japanese handmade papers, are placed onto the inked-up plate with the addition of a little dilute paste and run through the etching press. The paper then becomes laminated to the printing paper with the inked image over the top. It can add an interesting dimension to a print. 

My first results you can see here. I’ve used a lovely buff coloured Lokta paper, which has small flecks of natural materials in it, for the chine colle. This was also the first time I’d used shellac varnish (also known as Button varnish) in thin coats to seal the plate before inking, instead of the water based DIY varnish I usually use, as I’d read it can allow more of the texture to be retained.

This particular image is based on sketches I produced on my recent art residency at Brison’s Veor, Cape Cornwall.

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Collagraph with Chine Colle. Mari French 2014

Collagraph with Chine Colle. Mari French 2014

A couple of other collagraph plates, below, that I’ve recently been working on… I prefer the actual plates to the results sometimes!

Collagraph plates. Mari French 2014

Collagraph plates. Mari French 2014