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Rye Meadows Update

The weather and a flurry of commissions has kept me away from Rye Meadows in the last few weeks but activity is increasing on site. This week the volunteers began hedge planting and I made two new concertina sketchbooks to document their work. I look forward to sharing more of my artwork as we move into spring.

The winter colour palette is very muted and subtle but beautiful none-the-less.

My two new homemade sketchbooks and a sketch from my photographs of the fence building back in December.

Rubber Stamping

We were only 4, because of the snow, but Saturday's rubber stamping workshop was a huge success. I invited friends to be my guinea pigs so I could test timings and smooth out technical details. The results were great.
Peter made his own logo stamps and printed them on a book bag, while Lisa and Dorothy created wonderful designs which we printed on kraft paper greetings cards.

I'll be running the smoothed-out version of the same workshop during Surrey Artist's Open Studios in June, so check back here for details in a month or two. More workshops are planned for the summer, too, including Cyanotype Printing on Fabric and Making Your Own Folding Hardcover Sketchbook.
Thank you Lisa Boyce for the photographs.

Workshops 2018

I'm about to run some taster workshops before rolling out a full programme for the summer. I'm starting with a sort of hybrid print workshop - a mix of rubber stamping and lino printing - trying out techniques and materials on different surfaces before I offer it to the paying public during'Surrey Artists' Open Studios' in June. (Details from SAOS)

Later, I plan to offer 'Sun Printing with Cyanotype' (when the sun is bright enough!) and a simple bookbinding workshop.
Watch this space for more details later next month...

Happy New Year - 2018 plans

I've enjoyed painting two views of Rye Meadows this month, as a treat between bouts at my desk sorting New Year admin and my 2018 schedule.
The paintings are tall and narrow (the opposite of the fragments above) so are unlikely to be suitable for Rye Meadows greetings cards, but I intend to frame them, together with two further tall paintings, 'Spring' and 'Summer', for exhibition in June (SAOS). Watch this space for details later in the Spring.
I'll also be running workshops in The Studio this year, starting with Rubber Stamping. More info to follow shortly.

A New Project for 2018

I was introduced to the location of my latest project this week - Artist in Residence at Rye Meadows Wetland. It's a beautiful pocket of meadows, woodland, ponds, paths and hedgerows surrounding the Rye Brook, Ashtead, Surrey.
I'll be documenting the changing seasons in paint and print, along with conservation activities carried out by the amazing team of volunteers.
Thank you to Daphne Burnett and David Baker for this exciting commission.

All photos © Cathy Brett & Rye Meadows Wetland

Hi Fest 2017

I'll be launching 3 new hand-printed gift and card collections at Hi Fest next weekend (2nd and 3rd December) - 'Paper Town, 'Memento Medical' and 'I Love Tea'.
Hi Fest 2017 Hastings Illustration Festival Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 11am - 6pm The Printworks 14 Claremont America Ground Hastings East Sussex TN34 1HA

Another Door Closes...

I completed a two-year MA this week (Illustration and Book Arts at UCA, Farnham). It's been hard work studying part-time while keeping illustration commissions ticking over, but it's been worth the effort. I never truly went away, but now feel I'm 'returning' to my career reinvigorated.

MA Project exploring my grandmother's memoir and photographic archive

I've already re-focussed my brain on a new book, so thoroughly in fact that, when asked at the private view to talk about the my final MA pieces, I actually couldn't remember what I had done! Here is some of it...

From the final project, WHAT IS HIDDEN - a part work inspired by Hitchcock's' Rear Window'
The new book, a graphic novel, is currently just an outline and a sketchbook of ideas. It has a slightly older target audience than my previous work - YA and adult cross-over - and will develop visual themes I've been playing with for the last two years. I can't wait to show it to you.