Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Linoprints and Jewellery by Bridget Farmer

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Lino printed bamboo bird mobiles

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lost Trades Fair

I am very excited about this one. I will be taking a stall at The Lost Trades Fair in Kyneton over the long weekend of 7th & 8th March. I will have a double tent to enable me to have my usual market stall, but also a demonstration area where I shall be making etchings and linocuts. (My husband is really looking forward to transporting my extremely heavy printing press to the event!)
There will be over 80 different 'lost trades' at the event from chair makers to rocking horse makers, from spoon smiths to hedge layers. I'm going to make sure I have an extra pair of hands on the day just so I can get a look at all the other traders.
HERE is a link to a video of the event.

I decided that if I was demonstrating etching at the Lost Trades Fair I'd have to make a brand new image. I haven't managed to make any new etchings all last year due to the longer process involved (and the short amount of time during baby naps that I had) but last week I worked on a new copper plate. It was so lovely to scratch the metal and see the image catch the light and reveal itself. I even delighted in the hitherto laborious chore of filing and burnishing the edges of the plate. I haven't proofed the image yet so I don't know how it looks or if I need to do more work to it. But just knowing it's there waiting for me, like an unhatched egg, filled with potential, makes me satisfied.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Film

"The Making of the Kookaburra"
A little collaboration with my composer husband. I love how his trumpet is reminiscent of the kookaburra's call. This is the first illustration for my children's bird book.

Next bird coming up is the New Holland Honeyeater. Watch this space...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A New Year, an Older Baby, A Better Blogger?

As you can see from the last couple of posts 2014 has been a bit sparse on the blogging front! I blame having a baby, but in truth it's probably because Facebook is quicker and easier. However I shall strive to write a few more posts than last year, can't be too difficult to beat the grand total of 2!

My other big project this year is The Children's Bird Book Project. As the title suggests I'm hoping to make a bird book for children. Wolfie (my nearly one year old) loves birds. He's always watching them and I'm telling him what they all are. So the book is sort of for him, but also for all the other children who love bird and for adults who want some pretty pictures and learn a few bird names along the way!

So far I've completed the Kookaburra and I'm now working on a New Holland Honeyeater. You can follow my progress on here and on my Facebook page -
I even have a little film of the making of the Kookaburra coming soon with original music by my very clever husband Jeremy of Horn Sonic Productions!

Kookaburra, reduction lino print.

I've also been taking a fair few bird photos. I was given a good camera with a zoom lens for my birthday and it's been a bit of an obsession since then! Plus, good old instagram making them all pretty. If you're on instagram and would like to find the rest of my birds and my printmaking projects my account is bridgetfarmerprintmaker.

cheerio for now, see you soon, I promise!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

While the Wolf Sleeps

I don't really understand how little work I achieved before Wolfie was born! Now as soon as he falls asleep I run to the studio and get cutting lino, rolling ink, ripping down paper. I've been very productive, not many showers, but lots of lino prints. Lino is good at the moment because I can get lots done in the short bursts of time Wolfie gives me, whereas etching is a bit more time consuming. I look forward to getting back to etching one day soon, but in the mean time I'm enjoying making these.
Forest Fox, four colour reduction lino print

Fox In The Woods, three colour reduction lino print

He Loved To Dress Up As His Favourite Greek Hero, three colour reduction lino print

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All images copyright of Bridget Farmer