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Year 8 Printmaking

Recently I was asked to work with some year 8 students at Chesterton Community College, Cambridge.  The class  had been looking at Oaxacan woodcarvings so I went along to teach them how to create a lino print.

The students explored a range of Oaxacan patterns and designed their own plate. They worked so hard and they then went on to produce some beautiful prints.

Photo by Rebecca Gardner.

Running with Brushes at The Plough

For two evenings in April you will be able to come along and participate in an unique fundraising event.

The ticket price is £20, plus processing fee, and that includes a £15 art voucher that you can use towards a postcard sized artwork or as part payment for larger works on display.

I am exhibiting a few oil paintings in the Gallery space at The Plough, Shepreth during this event.

All proceeds will be going to Care for Casualties - a Charity very close to the organisers heart as her son Nic is a serving member of the Army.

I have known Nic since he was a chirpy, cheeky blond-haired 6 year old.  I have watched him grow into a man and become a fine team player within his chosen career.   I am taking part in this exhibition for him.

To purchase tickets please go to the Eventbrite booking system here. I look forward to seeing you there!

Solarplate workshops

I have a few places left on my solarplate workshops in April and May.  Please go here to book.

Glimpses

I am currently printing some new colourways of my Glimpses range.  However some of the prints are nearly out of the edition of 25.  The new colours will be released at the Country Living Fair in March then afterwards at the Rachel Dormor Gallery.

 

Natural Simplicity

Woodland Path

Standing Proud

Always A Winner

Driving hard:-)

A few weeks ago my hard drive went on my computer and it seems it will cost a fortune to retrieve.  I am currently in the process of recovering as much date as I can.  I hope to release a few new teaching dates very soon.

In the meantime, here is a new colourway of Twittering.

 

Twittering to CCA

Cambridge Contemporary Art in Trinity Street have a selection of etchings from my latest solarplate collection - 'Twittering'. You will find them in the browser at the back of the Gallery.  Please do ask to see the entire range.

Soaring

Time for a natter?

Flying the nest

Flocking

 

Twittering mugs...

I have a limited edition range of mugs on sale.  The most popular has been 'Nothing like a good Twitter....'

Please email me jo@jotunmer.com to purchase. £13.00 each.

Cambridge Showcase 2015

This year I have been working on lots of new ideas. I now teach private and corporate team building workshops in solarplate etching and linocuts and private one to one oil painting lessons. I have a new product range; bags, mirrors, bottle openers, box sets of cards, gift vouchers alongside original solarplate etchings from my new Twittering range. Go to the Cambridge Showcase website for more info.  I will also be talking about Cambridge Showcase on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire with Illustrator Amanda Hall on Monday 16 November from 2pm with Jeremy Sallis.

When: Monday 23 November 2015. 12 noon until 8.30pm. Where: Unitarian Church Hall, Victoria St, Cambridge CB1 1JW. Who: 15 designer-makers. What: Prints, ceramics, glass, children's books, textiles, jewellery.

When the light starts to fade the hall comes into it's own so drop in after work with your friends and partners and join us to celebrate the independent makers in Cambridge. Donations for the mulled cider and mince pies this year will be going to the allotment project to the Cambridge Cyrenians who work their magic with the homeless in Cambridge.

I look forward to seeing you all at my last public show of 2015. Many thanks for your continued support, Jo.

Finally I would like to say to one of my favourite cities in the world - #VivaLaParis.

Bottle openers

Pocket mirrors

Box Full of Flowers

6 greeting cards

Cotton bags

Box Full of Birds

6 greeting cards

Original solarplate etchings

2016 calendar

Original solarplate etchings

 

20 questions with Cambridge News

As Cambridge Showcase is fast approaching (23 November) I was asked by the Cambridge News to take part in their weekend 20 questions. Here are my answers that were in the Halloween edition on 31 October 2015. It was a lot of fun completing it!

My perfect weekend consists of…
Laughter – the sort of laughter where you cry and your cheeks hurt:-)

I would be starstruck if I met…
Grayson Perry just 'cause he's awesome! Or Annie Leibovitz because I have been a fan of her work for many years.

In a film of my life, I would be played by…
Meryl Streep because she can make anyone look deep and meaningful.

The best thing ever invented is…
Lipstick because sadly I can't go out without it.

Something I loathe in people is…
Insincerity and lack of empathy.

Something people would be surprised to know about me is…
I have medals in ballroom dancing:-) Yes really.

My home is…
My sanctuary but also my workplace…

It makes me angry when…
People are cruel to animals.

A film I’ve seen more than 5 times is…
Four Weddings and a Funeral - the opening lines make me chuckle every time.

My earliest memory is…
Mark Perry pushing me off my chair on the first day of nursery school. He may have forgotten but I haven't:-)

I think cosmetic surgery is…
Something I am not interested in.  I like my wrinkles - I've earned them:-)

I feel sorry for…
The birds in my garden because my cat is an ace predator.

The most important thing to teach a child is…
Empathy, compassion, love and tolerance and a healthy distrust of authority.

In moments of weakness I tend to…
Eat chocolate and drink too much wine.

If I could know the truth behind one unsolved mystery, I would pick…

The disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

My mother taught me…
To think outside the box.

The best thing I ever ate was…
The chocolate and wine I last ate - see my moments of weakness above:-)

The best holiday I ever went on was…
Recently being in Jordan experiencing crazy things with my teenage children.

I hereby vow that I will never, ever…
Ride a camel ever again.

I wish I could go back in time and tell my 13-year-old self…

Forget dreaming about being a racing driver and keep going with the art…



Twittering

I have been working on a new collection of products using my solarplate etchings that will be launched at the Cambridge Showcase exhibition on 23 November 2015.

'Twittering' is all about the birds.  They fly free and I always lose my sense of time while watching them against the ever-changing skies.

 

 

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