save me - mixed media

save me

Many species depend on bees for food and habitats.  But bee populations are in decline. Studies suggest many reasons: pesticides, loss of habitat, commercial hive design and disease. Let’s save them. #extinctionrebellion Mixed media: block print, screenprint & collage 11x10cm Edition: 12 prints £30

the night begins and the night ends

the night begins and the night ends

During astronomical twilight, the geometric centre of the sun is between 12 and 18 degrees below the horizon. Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stones and carved rocks.  This collage considers possible links between astronomical observations, carved rocks and the positioning of standing stones. Collage – screen print, block print, stitching and a page from…

the moon sets and the moon rises - collage

the moon sets and the moon rises

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stones and carved rocks.  This collage considers possible links between observation of the moon and the alignment or positioning of standing stones. Collage – screen print, scrim, stitching and a page from The Astronomical Almanac. 20x20cm Varied edition: 3 £45 “Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads…

the sun sets and the sun rises - collage

the sun sets and the sun rises

Argyll’s landscape contains many prehistoric standing stones and carved rocks.  This collage considers possible links between observation of the sun and the alignment or positioning of standing stones. Colage – screenprint, stitching and a page from The Astronomical Almanac. 20x20cm Varied edition: 3 £45 “Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from…

pictures at an exhibition - collage

pictures at an exhibition

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

elements of trigonometry - collage

elements of trigonometry

Collages inspired by the beauty of trigonometry, the branch of mathematics that descibes relationships between the sides and angles of triangles. The collages incorporate pages from “The Elements of Trigonometry” by W. Emerson, 1788 and features a 19th century wood engraving, familiar from the work of Fornasetti. Collage – vintage book paper, screenprint, origami paper,…

tokonoma #2 collage

tokonoma

I’m enjoying the BBC series of documentaries on Japanese culture very much. A tokonoma is a built-in recess in a traditional Japanese reception room, where special objects, usually a calligraphic or pictorial scroll and a flower arrangement, are displayed artfully.  The pillar on one side of the tokonoma is usually made of wood, specially prepared…

earth, sea & sky

earth, sea, sky

A small handmade concertina book – relief printing and collage onto rice paper, with origami-paper covers. Closed: c.850 x 600 mm Varied edition: 6 books “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite…

The tempest collage

language

The mysterious William Shakespeare (c.1564-1616) is England’s most celebrated dramatist and poet.  He wrote many dramatic works – comedies, histories, tragedies and poetry – that are known around the world for their universal themes and insight into the human condition.  He also shaped the English language, coining many words and phrases still in use in…

collages

The word collage is derived from the French verb coller, ‘to glue’. My collages are made by sticking and stitching various materials – paper, newspaper clippings, book pages, photographs, stamps, wrappers, fabric, scraps, etc. – to a piece of paper, or other substrate. My digital collages (also known as photomontages, or photocollages) are computer-generated -…

Skye boat song - collage

boat song

Collage, featuring a map of Skye, screen-printed birds, silver plated copper, a washi paper boat and the lyrics of the Skye Boat Song. Collage & screenprint 40x14cm £120, framed Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing, Onward! the sailors cry. -skye boat song

iolair

iolair

Collage, featuring a map of Skye, screen-printed boats, washi paper birds, origami paper waves, net, palladium, silver plated copper and the music & lyrics of the Skye Boat Song.  Iolair is Gaelic for eagle. Collage & screenprint 30x30cm For Janet Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing, Onward! the sailors cry. -skye boat…

speed bonnie boats

speed bonnie boats

Collage, featuring a map of Skye, screen-printed boats, washi paper birds, origami paper waves, net, palladium, silver plated copper and the music & lyrics of the Skye Boat Song. Collage & screenprint 27x27cm Sold Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing, Onward! the sailors cry. -skye boat song

the forty five

the forty-five

Collage, featuring a map of Skye, screen-printed boats, a stamp, origami paper waves, net, palladium, silver plated copper and the music & lyrics of the Skye Boat Song. The Jacobite rising of 1745 – “the Forty-Five” – was an attempt by Charles Edward Stuart – “Bonnie Prince Charlie” – to regain the British throne for…

the mind of aristotle

Aristotle, a pupil of Plato, was a Greek philosopher. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theatre, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Cicero described his literary style as “a river of gold”.  He tutored Alexander the Great.…

james cook iv - collage

james cook iv

Captain James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer who achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook became commander of HM Bark Endeavour in 1766 for the first of three Pacific voyages, sailing thousands of miles across largely…

dala - tunnocks

dala

A Dalecarlian – or Dala – horse is a carved, painted wooden horse, originally from the Swedish province of Dalarna.  The decoration of the dala horse differs from region to region, reflecting local traditions. Decorated wooden horses 25x26x7cm 1.2kg

observatory iii

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones and cup and ring marks is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon. Linocut & collage 30x30cm Edition: 10

observatory i

observatory i

Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is one of the richest prehistoric landscapes in Scotland.  The purpose of the standing stones and cup and ring marks is uncertain. One possibility is that they were positioned to chart the movement of the sun and moon. Linocut & collage 8x33cm Edition: 10

inside scotland - collage

inside scotland

Collages of a laser-cut map of Scotland and some Scottish ephemera. Tunnock’s teacake and caramel log wrappers (Yes, I do have to eat the teacakes!) Scottish pound notes Scottish regional postage stamps Harris tweed The Scottish Play – pages from Shakespeare’s shortest, bloodiest tragedy Collage A4 Varied edition £30

faerie queen

The Faerie Queene is an incomplete epic poem by Edmund Spenser, one of the longest poems in the English language. It is an allegorical work and can be read as praise of Queen Elizabeth I. It examines virtues by following the adventures of several knights. Images are printed on vintage book pages and feature Royal…