Sunday, 10 February 2019

derbyshire hedgelaying

This weekend I learned basic hedgelaying. We learned the Derbyshire and Midland style of laying at Carsington Water in Derbyshire. It was great working outdoors and using tools such as bill hook, axe and hand saw to pleach small trees and lay and stake a hedgerow.

This experience deepens my understanding of the local hedgerows and I wonder how this will inform my drawing and print.

 Clearing away outward facing branches

 Pleached hazel and hawthorn

 Left to right, working along the row of small trees

 Pleacher

Staked hedge 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

the first cut is the deepest - limited edition linocuts

It's all about the boundaries...

Since moving to Derbyshire last Autumn I've become fascinated by the dry stone wall and hawthorn hedgerows that delineate the landscape. Within my current AA2A (artists access to art colleges) residency at Derby University I'm re-exploring linocut and print as I consider these edges/boundaries and what they represent to me personally. 

My linocuts received such a positive response on social media that I decided to offer them as a limited edition... If you would like to buy either a dry stone wall or hawthorn hedgerow print please email me at hello@karenlogan.com. 

There is a choice of paper, white gives a bright contrast to the black print, soft white is actually a pale cream colour and echos the faded paper of my childhood fairy tale book (see below).
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Price per print: £40

Prints are supplied unmounted & unframed, each print is backed with cardboard & wrapped in cellophane

P&P within the UK: £6 (first class signed for)
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Specifics:

Edition: 25 of each linocut on either white or soft white paper (please choose)

Print size: 15.2cm x 20.3cm

Paper size: 28.5cm x 37.5cm (a touch under A3)

Paper: Somerset Satin 100% cotton 300gsm

Ink: Dense black

Hand printed in Derbyshire on an 1886 Albion press


Somerset soft white (pale cream)


 Somerset white


Somerset soft white (pale cream)


 Somerset white
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Alison Uttley was born in Cromford, Derbyshire in 1884. I loved this Fairy Tales book as a child and still do. I'm hoping, within my linocuts to echo the illustrations by Ann Strugnell, they had a deep effect on little Karen and set me up to see the magic and wonder within the everyday and familiar.


The Bird of Time

The Field that Didn't Wish for Company

One-Strand River

Thursday, 17 January 2019

testing testing 1 2 3...

The world of linocut is opening up to me... Was thrilled with the print quality from my first two linocuts below. I'm learning about papers, rolling out ink, inking the lino and registering the print. There are simple tricks to help with this and the t'internet provided fruitful search results - particularly Nick Morley at Linocut Boy. I'm now coveting a set of Pfeil tools plus this little beauty and will be borrowing Linocut for Artists and Designers by Nick from Derby Universities library.

I've been using such basic tools, I wonder at what could be achieved with grown up tools!

This Monday (21st Jan) I'll be in the printmaking studio at Derby University bright and early to hand print a limited edition of 25 of each lino on lovely, heavyweight Somerset satin paper. I've had a positive response on social media, so I'll see if this turns into sales. 

It's all about the boundaries...

Dry stone wall (A5)


 Hawthorn hedgerow (A5)


 1st print on newsprint

Varied papers

 1st print on newsprint

 Varied papers

Saturday, 29 December 2018

lino cut

Unexpectedly, I'm beginning to explore printmaking rather than screen printing on my AA2A residency. The field and farm boundaries of hedge and stone wall lend themselves to lino. I'm using my finest carving tool to capture graphic, linear qualities, echoing the illustrations in the fairytale books of my childhood. 

Last night I finished carving my stone wall lino, when I get back to Derby University after the Christmas break I'll print and reflect upon the outcome. It's nerve racking spending many hours carving, not knowing if it will give me the result I desire... but, it's the only way to progress. I'm using this residency to learn and develop new skills, so sitting with the 'unknown' is companion to that. Exciting! 



Monday, 26 November 2018

edges and boundaries

I'm trying to resist rushing into my AA2A project at Derby University and have allowed myself until the turn of the year to sit with and consider my developing ideas. I've spent a number of enjoyable and chilly hours drawing and photographing hedgerows and pathways, and photographing stone walls to draw later. 

Today I visited Alison Uttley's birthplace for the third time, drawing and redrawing a pathway by the boundary of the farm, I spent time walking the hawthorn hedgerows and stone walls near the farm house. Drawing allows time to pause, think, to look, notice and understand these boundaries that inspire me. The notion of boundary is important within my evolving ideas, a physical barrier representing safety and respect.

 Overgrown hawthorn hedge near Bakewell

 Hedgerow near Bakewell

 Hedgerow drawings

 Stone wall boundary Castle Top Farm

 Wall and path boundary at castle Top Farm

Stone wall Castle Top Farm

Thursday, 1 November 2018

lay of the land

My AA2A project is being conjured from the ether. I took the train from Matlock to Derby today to work in the university library. 

Now I know where author Alison Uttley was born I'm beginning to understand the lay of the land and where to look for a fleeting glimpse of the farmhouse rooftop from the train. I've read Our Village, Alison Uttley's Cromford and Country Hoard (bought in Scarthin Books) and the farm landscape is enlivened by her writing.

Today I took this photo and enjoy the blur, centred is the farmhouse, hunkered down, grounded, immovable.

art library joy

Felt so at home in Derby University library today, gathering and rediscovering my core and repeatedly visited art references. My dyslexia was fierce, looking up books made difficult by one minute being able to spell a word and the next unable... Got there in the end!

I carried off the Subversive Stitch and Louise Bourgeois An Unfolding Portrait. Its thrilling wandering an art library, thankful for the opportunity.