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Trying to explain Wabi-Sabi and Silkscreen Prints!

Potential buyers viewing my latest print!

Potential buyers viewing my latest print!

Trying to explain Wabi-Sabi in relation to silkscreen printing!

Trying to explain Wabi-Sabi in relation to silkscreen printing!

Getting into the flow of my artists talk at Baker Tilly, Guildford, Surrey.

Getting into the flow of my artists talk at Baker Tilly, Guildford, Surrey.

Last night was the ‘Spring Into Summer Exhibition’ Private View and Talk at Baker Tilly in Guildford, Surrey.

I had the honour of giving the talk which covered my reintroduction to printmaking, my views on public access to art (which I spoke about in this blog), Wabi-Sabi and the thoughts and ideas behind the prints I was exhibiting.

The room was packed, some ‘Dutch Courage’ was needed but by the lovely feedback I’ve had since then, it all seemed to go very well.

So thanks to all that attended. Onto the next print.

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ngd Agency & Brian Wilson have it covered!

Brian Wilson Book Cover by  ngd Agency, Woking, Surrey

The wonders of social media can lead to new business opportunities

Social Media Bringing Companies Together

We consult on social media with many companies as part of the marketing solutions we offer.

Often clients say

“Aren’t you just talking to the same old people, we want new connections, new clients”.

Well the book cover shown above is a great example of social media bringing two companies together. These companies had no knowledge of each other before Google picked one of my blog images in a search about Brian Wilson. So if you ever had any doubts that social media can generate income as well as lots of images of cats on skateboards. Hopefully this is very modest proof that it works…

So if you’ve read some of my other posts you’ll know that away from the design job, I create and exhibit silkscreen prints. Something I studied for my degree many, many years ago.

A few months back I created a print about Brian Wilson, more info can be found here on the print.

Since then I’ve had quite a bit of interest from buyers and have sold some of the edition with the possibility of selling a couple more in the next few weeks. This wasn’t my intention when I started the print, hence the very small edition. It simply was an image in my head that I wanted to put on paper and I thought it would look good in our dining room! Not the loftiest of ambitions I know but I’m being honest…

Over the last year I’ve received quite a few mails from people saying nice things but about 8 weeks ago an Italian publishing house got in touch an said they wanted to use the image on the cover of a new book they were releasing. They said it was to be on music and Brian Wilson would be included so what’s not to love…

Anyway after a few discussions on image rights etc we came to an agreement and the book arrived this morning.

We didn’t design the cover!

I want anyone who reads this to know we didn’t design the cover, I just supplied the imagery. I’d have done it quite differently, I think is the polite way of putting it. Us designers are fussy folk at the end of the day…

If one more person looks at the silkscreen print on this blog as a result of seeing the book, it will have been worth it.

I’m onto other prints now but do have an idea for a very summery Beach Boys inspired print which I hope to do over the English winter. Whilst making the print on those cold evenings I’ll be thinking of Brian’s lyrics of surf, sun, cars and girls and how the genius of Brian creates a whole new world in your head. Something that as a child got me hooked in the first place… oh and the harmonies, those beautiful harmonies…

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There’s a lot of rubbish talked about Art!

Or

‘There’s an awful lot of guff talked about art’

as the famous British artist Grayson Perry said recently.

Ever since I did my degree show, many years ago, I’ve been concerned about public access to art and all the rather ridiculous, highfalutin theories that the art media weave around artworks. I feel all this serves is to mislead people, creating barriers, making them feel they’re unable or unworthy of looking at, or comprehending art.

I personally feel that if someone appreciates a painting because they like the colour, that’s equally as important as someone who understands the story behind the piece, it’s political context, place in art history etc., etc.. Art is subjective and it doesn’t matter how much I tell you how good ‘Guernica’ by Picasso is, if you don’t like it, it’s sort of irrelevant. It has to work for you!

Anyway, I digress, the simple fact was my recent silkscreen print was made for a joint exhibition. As I heard various artists go to great length to describe the various layers of meaning in their works, I decided I wanted to make an image that was the antithesis of this. I wanted to create an image that was simple, graphic and a visual pun. It had to work visually so if the pun wasn’t read, the viewer could simply enjoy the colours or composition. I also wanted the pun to have a British seaside postcard feel, something a bit naughty. A nudge, nudge, wink, wink effect, if you remember your Monty Python.

‘I Love’ Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin 2013

‘I Love’ Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin 2013

I hope you feel it’s worked, even if it does use a ‘borrowed’ common graphic symbol.

I hope the print helped to redress the balance to all the bluster and provided a simple, graphic image to engage, titillate and amuse the general public as well as art lovers.

What are your thoughts on the language used surrounding art? Do you feel it’s exclusive? Do you think that the recent popularity of street art and Banksy in particular, is another reaction against this? Read the rest of this entry »

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BoxEd 2013 – Silkscreen, Etching, Linocut, Woodcut Print Exchange & Exhibition

20:20 – Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin

20:20 – Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin

I’m a member of the Ochre Print Studio and this year I’ve been invited to take part in their BoxEd 2013 Print Exchange.

The Ochre Print Studio first took part in BoxEd last year. It’s an annual event organised by Hot Bed Press in Leicestershire. This
growing event enables print studios to exchange boxed sets of 20 prints from all over England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

There is an open theme but all prints have to be 20cm by 20cm. That way they all fit nicely in the Box! To participate, each artist is asked to produce a new edition of 25 prints. In return, the artist will
receive a boxed set of 20 prints; 19 randomly selected from other participants and 1 of their own. Nice eh!

Ochre Print Studio were so inspired by the results in 2012 that they decided to run their own print exchange with their members and showcase the results at their Summer Exhibition during the Surrey Artists Open Studio in June 2013.

Apart from each artist getting a box, four BoxEd sets will be auctioned to raise money towards the studio’s ‘match funding’, essential for their main funding application in 2013 plus a new etching facility.

At the top is my finished print for BoxEd 2013. Back in March when I started work on the project I was struggling to find a subject so I thought I’d just use the format 20 x 20 and use it as 20:20 eyesight. The print shows me in my ‘Salad Days’ behind the eye testing equipment. It’s printed on holographic paper to give the simple image standout and add to the space age look of the eye equipment.

The images below shows the print in the early stages and all laid out to select the rejects and sign the edition.

For more information on the exhibition part of Surrey Artists Open Studios 2013 and your chance to bid in the auction for one of the BoxEd editions please click here.

20:20 – Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin

Cybermen seem to have appeared on my print!

20:20 – Silkscreen Print by Neville Godwin

selecting the prints for the BoxEd 2013 edition

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