Tuesday, 10 January 2012

New Work for the New Year

I will be launching the first of my Portland Bill prints with TAG Fine Arts at London Art Fair. This is part of a project I am concentrating on this year, featuring linocut and quotes in letterpress blocks. I have been visiting Portland in Dorset with my family for many years now and spend much of my time there drawing. It is a rugged, yet uplifting place with a timeless quality, hopefully reflected in this work, which features the Old Lower Lighthouse (now used as a bird observatory and field centre). Edition size is 20, dimensions are 33cm x 55cm.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Lino cuts and letterpress (again)

I've spent a good part of the Summer drawing in my favourite locations, now I'm turning those drawings into lino cuts for my next projects. I've also been given the task of managing and promoting the St Bride Print Workshop, which is going from strength to strength! (Two Vandercooks, an Albion, a Stanhope, two galley presses, a Heidelberg platen and a herd of Adanas!) As well as letterpress, wood engraving, lino cutting and bookbinding are on offer. Brush lettering, gilding and calligraphy are coming soon!

The next course is master printer, Richard Lawrence's two day letterpress intensive on Nov 18 & 19. More details HERE

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Swing High print for Pedlars

Pedlars, purveyors of fine European household items, now have this exclusive print for sale. I carved 5 individual lino blocks, then had to register the buggers (none of this lightweight, reduction cut business, you see)! Anyway, this is the result and here's what Retro To Go had to say about it in their review:

Pedlars has done it again with another great limited edition print.
The latest in their long line of exclusives is Swing High by Helen Ingham, which is restricted to 32 editions. The artist specialises in using letterpress with this particular design using traditional wooden type and hand-carved lino block and is printed onto cotton rag paper using period machinery. Besides the old-fashioned techniques used, the print is also worth considering for its delightful retro image of two woman on a swing boat.

The prints cost £595 from Pedlars.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Vintage Festival Here We Come!

I'll be at the Vintage Festival on the Southbank, SE1, this weekend, helping to man the St Bride Print Workshop stand, which happens to be fellow printer, Richard Lawrence's pink milk float,above, (driven all the way down the A40 from Oxford). We'll be next to the Royal Festival Hall.

Come and say hello, print something, find out about St Bride Foundation and Printing Library, our workshop facilities and the courses we run!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The first St Bride Summer School!

What a busy couple of weeks it has been! After finally recovering from the Artsmart event, I have been teaching on St Bride's first Summer School. Another great group of students, featuring an antiquarian book collector, a graphic designer, a visiting student from America and a fledgling printer who has just obtained her first press. One of the things I love is the variety of people I come into contact with, all learning to print for different reasons. Welcome to the club, chaps!

I have another Summer School booking up for next week and St Bride have a free open evening on Monday, from 6pm, where the public can come into the workshop and have a go at printing, lino cutting and bookbinding. Come on down!


Friday, 17 June 2011

Scrapheap Challenge Disco!

Had a very busy and enjoyable time at So Far, The Future, yesterday, at this great new space run by Rebecca and Andreas Pohancenik. An exhibition of five mechanical record-playing machines, made entirely from found and recycled materials, courtesy of Hendzel + Hunt, plus my prints on show and sale.

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