… [and] as then, as now, as silence flows: the heart still skips a beat [closed; done with]: every now and then I’d print something up on some “found” plywood; a scrap of something from somewhere. bought in some new ply this time though; wrapped it up in Kozo paper for added affect. four colour silkscreen print: image: 43 x 58cm; print base: 61 x 81cm. edition of 2. probably do this more often now; a one off print on ply in addition to a paper edition.


to coincide with the Late Shows over this weekend Northern Print organised a 24 hour print session entitled “flaming prints” as part of the  Inspire / Cultural Olympiad programme. the event comprised of a number of print studios from around the world: Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico, USA, Canada, Poland, South Africa and starting with Northern Print in the UK; each doing a consecutive 3 hour block of printing upon the theme of flame / fire, and all documented live on twitter, facebook, flickr etc.

in the screen print corner at Northern Print were Nicky Neate, Sarah Ingledew and myself; I printed up a version of a stencil that I’ve had for a few months [candles], initially created in response to a suggestion made to me by someone; probably get round to printing up an edition of the image now that I’ve had a test run with it. still untitled at the mo’.

images of the event can be seen here: http://pinterest.com/flamingprints/










just received an email from Visual AIDS notifying me that my “postcard”, “and she said [sixbyfour]”, has been purchased. in the spirit of the occasion I will not announce the name of the collector / buyer [all postcards where exhibited anonymously], but I thank them nonetheless, a worthy cause indeed.



in the studio today, started printing up an edition [20] of “… [and] like silent raindrops fell”. not been too happy with my screen of late, keep getting little marks on it that show up in the black, it’s really my own fault I s’pose, rushing too much an’ not cleaning the screen properly, but it is a pain; I think after new year I’ll give it a good blast with the power hose, clean it right down, paste it in total toxic stuff an’ get rid of all the ink shadows.


been working with this cog image again – initially from the “… and someday we shall all die” triptych –  on an idea that I keep going back to, that of printing black upon black, I’m never too sure of the results but this one is pretty much there. the background black, key black and silver are all working, it’s just the middle black, the central cog fill colour, that needs a bit more attention, mebbe make it a blue / black or something, still keep it black but just a different black from the others. the image itself needs to be placed a bit lower in the rectangle as well, more like the newsprint copy shown here, the others are printed on basic bread and butter, printed on the back of some other test print, that’s why they look a bit shiny and not as “velveteen” as they should be. a working title for this print is “… and did you know how much I love you” but I’ve a feeling this might change, another print that I’m working on at the mo’ is entitled “… [and] will you ever know how sad I felt” and I feel that the titles may be a bit similar; worry ‘bout that later.

final designs for the “heavenandearthandwonderfuldreams” triptych commissioned for permanent placement within the Institute for Digital Innovation building at Teesside University, utilising the same stairwell niche that incorporated the “… and someday we shall all die” triptych back in May 2011. this triptych will be screenprinted onto perspex as opposed to the foamboard that I used for “… someday”.