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Bishops Stortford College exhibition

I have 20 original prints on display at the Walter Strachen Gallery Bishops Stortford College until 24 February 2014.  I will be invigilating at the show on Saturday 1 February from 11 until 3 pm.

The launch of Cambridge Original Printmakers

A year ago to the day I went to collect a donated print from Anthony Hopkinson for the Auction of Promises I had organised raising funds for the British Heart Foundation and the Joe Herrington Memorial Fund.  It was a cold, icy day but we had a great conversation while standing on his doorstep.

Anthony has been printmaking for many years now and he knew I had recently become enthralled with the world of print after completing a year of study at the Curwen Print Study Centre. His choice remark of 'wouldn't it be great for Cambridge to have a Print Fair!' stirred my imagination enough to think that yes - Cambridge could really do with an exhibition that purely focused on hand-pulled original prints - it is often confusing what the different printmaking types are and it was one of the reasons why I chose to study and learn at the Curwen in the first place.  A day later I met Susan Jones at a cafe, also picking up a donated print, and told her about this of seed of an idea that Anthony and I had had.  It then became obvious that we were the perfect team to make this seed of an idea actually happen.

So that was how Cambridge Original Printmakers (COP) started. We have met, bounced ideas around and found a perfect venue - the Pitt Building, owned by Cambridge University Press in central Cambridge.

For the past few weeks we have contacted our list of Printmakers based within 30 miles of Cambridge UK and have been overwhelmed, and heartened by the response from them. We particularly wanted to create an annual event that showcases both established and new Printmakers alongside each other. Also Kip Gresham and St Barnabas Press have been enormously supportive and excited by the launch of COP.

The exhibition starts on Friday 26 September and finishes on Sunday 5 October 2014. We have plans for talks and demonstrations during the ten days of the exhibition, and I will update progress of these plans here on my website as well as the Cambridge Original Printmakers website.

Looking Upwards

Looking Upwards is another new solar plate print fresh off the press.  This print is dedicated to Lynne Hazelden.

Along The Edge - new solar plate print

At the BluePrint exhibition at the Walter Strachen Gallery, Bishops Stortford College, Herts from 18th January until 24 February I will be showcasing some new larger framed prints.  Here is one of the latest colourways of Along The Edge.

Interview from Cambridge Christmas 2013

This is an interview by Rhiannon Thomas just before the Cambridge Christmas 2013 show.

We're very pleased that Cambridge Christmas founder and organiser Jo Tunmer will be selling her work at Cambridge Christmas on Monday 25th November 2013. Back in 2008 Jo organised the Cambridge Christmas show so that her designer-maker friends could exhibit and sell their work in a fun, warm and slightly off-the-wall way. Since then the Cambridge Christmas show has really grown in the last 6 years and each time become bigger and better! Because of this for the 2011 and 2012 Cambridge Christmas shows Jo concentrated on co-ordinating the show rather than having her own work on display…. but this year she'll be showing her own art work once again!

What will you be showing at Cambridge Christmas? I will be exhibiting some of my range of solar plate prints but the focus will be on four boxed sets of greeting cards that will make ideal presents. Each has a different theme and I’ve really enjoyed putting the collection together.

 

What drew you to the medium that you're currently working in? I'm really best known for my large oil landscape paintings but I have spent the last two years learning various printing techniques and fell in love with solar plate printing.  I now work in both mediums, which is proving to be a challenge for me in the studio.

What piece are you most excited about that you’ll be showing at Cambridge Christmas? My new range of boxed cards.

Where do you create your work? I have my studio in the garden and I also have a gallery area in my house. My studio is under a large walnut tree. At a certain time of the year the squirrels have great fun eating the nuts in the trees then throwing them down onto my studio roof.  I am surprised dots haven’t appeared in my work as yet!

Do you work in silence or to music or the tv? I listen to the radio.  The station varies depending on my mood :-)

What drives your ideas? What I do is all about experimentation.  Some ideas fly, others are relegated to the waste bin.  I always think to myself though - would I put the finished piece on my wall or would I like to receive it as a gift?

Do you have a favourite material to work with? I have two that I am equally passionate about. Solar plates and oil paint, but not together. However I did say earlier all my work is about experimentation so watch this space…

If you had more time, what new craft would you like to learn? I did study upholstery at college many years ago now but I would like to revisit it and then design and build the perfect chair.

What do you think is the best Christmassy thing about Cambridge? Christmas starts early for me with all the planning for the Cambridge Christmas show but as Christmas nears I love the lights - peeking into windows to see Christmas trees all lit up.

Can you describe your work in 5 words? A journey of determined experimentation.

For more information on Jo's paintings and prints check out www.jotunmer.com and www.purpleprintmakers.com

Also say hello on twitter www.twitter.com/JoTunmer and facebook www.facebook.com/JoTunmerLtd

Cambridge Christmas is an art event that has taken place over the last 6 years with a group of contemporary arts and crafts designer-makers. It is a free event and all are welcome to come and buy handmade, unique gifts straight from the artists. More information at http://www.cambridgechristmas.co.uk/

BluePrint exhibition

From 18 January until 24 February 2014 I am taking part in an exhibition with the Purple Printmakers.

The BluePrint exhibition will take place at the Walter Strachen Gallery, Bishop’s Stortford College and will  showcase the Printmakers preferred methods of producing original prints.

In addition to the five Purple Printmakers will be Printmaker, and lead tutor at The Curwen Print Study Centre, Susan Jones who will be exhibiting with them for the duration of the BluePrint show.

 

 

Cambridge Contemporary Art

Three of my solar plate prints are exclusive to Cambridge Contemporary Art in Trinity Street, Cambridge.

Resting, Patience and Out Of The Picture can be found in one of the browsers. Pop along and take a look...

The launch of Jo Tunmer Ltd boxed sets of greeting cards

On Monday 26 November at the Cambridge Christmas show I launched a new collection of boxed greeting cards.

They can now be purchased at the Over Gallery, Urban Larder and through my Etsy shop.

My 2013/14 update


My unusual 2013

I have had a very busy 2013. I set myself a challenge in 2012 of raising £5,000 for the British Heart Foundation in one year. This included completing a sketchbook during a 112k trek in five days in the Sahara Desert in March 2013. I ended up raising £9,840 which enabled me to spread funds across to another charity close to my heart - the Joe Herrington Memorial Fund. With the support of great friends an Auction of Promises and an American Style Tournament helped bring in the donations. The trek itself was a deeply personal experience and my feet have just about recovered.
Cambridge Christmas 2013

After a two-year break I am exhibiting at the Cambridge Christmas exhibition - one I founded six years ago. Doors will open at 1 pm and close at 8.30 pm.
You will find me debuting my collection of boxed cards; jewellery from Bek Genery and Ellie Air; ceramics by Rachel Dormor, Amanda MacPhail and the award-winning Katharina Klug; glass by Molten Wonky and Alison Tait; book sculptures by Justin Rowe; prints, cards and gifts by Alison Huller and Roxana de Rond; handmade books by Edel Hopkin; recylced bags bags and accessories by QHERE; wire sculpture by Rhiannon Thomas; children's books and illustrations by Nicola Killen, and fine art lollipops by Joali.  So there is something for everyone!

It is only on for one day so don't miss it.
Addenbrooke's Arts

One of my favourite organisations to work with are Addenbrooke's Arts.  Three large oil on wood landscapes of mine are located permanently in the stairwells of the hospital and you will now find Contemplation Bay, an oil on canvas on level 9.
From 4 December until 28 January 2014 I am taking part in a mixed exhibition along the corridor between the Concourse and the Rosie Wards. Fleeting and Out To Calmer Waters are large oils on canvas, Inevitability and The Golden Pathway are framed oils on wood panels. All works are for sale and 25% commission goes towards funding the Addenbrooke's Arts programme.
The launch of Jo Tunmer Ltd in 2013

I am known best for my large oil landscapes, full of colour and skies. However 2013 has seen me launch a totally different side to my work - solar plate printing. The start of my collection was the launch in the summer with a  'A Tale Of Two Cities' -  a body of work focused on the cities of Cambridge and Oxford. I am also working on a range entitled 'Friendship Cups' based on my love of taking a coffee or tea break with friends.

As a result of the new collection of solar plate prints I have produced a range of boxed sets of 8 greeting cards. The first to be launched is called Cambridge Walkabout and the other 'Time For Tea!' The Cambridge Christmas show on 25 November will see the very first boxes go on sale.  There are also two other collections - one of my landscape paintings and a boxed set of postcards.  I will also have some of my prints that can be purchased and gift wrapped at the show too.
2014

2014
will see the launch of a collection of larger solar plate prints at Bishops Stortford College with The Purple Printmakers with special guest Susan Jones.  More information about the exhibition will follow in the next few weeks. After that I will be hibernating in the studio working on an exciting new printmaking exhibition based in central Cambridge that I am co-founder of and also a solo show at Over Gallery in October with a new range of oil paintings.


Thank you for all your support during 2013 and I hope to see you at the Cambridge Christmas show on 25 November. 

Best regards,
Jo









Cambridge Christmas in the news

The Cambridge Evening News ran an article today on the top ten events to shop at for Christmas presents.  The Cambridge Christmas show came in at number one!  The show has come a long way since the first one at my house in 2008.  Some people still ask me why I still run the event each year, particularly as I decided not to exhibit for the past two years and I just managed it instead.  The simple answer is that it it is a lot of fun! Yes it is crazy and hard work for a one day event but it is a great way to meet up with fellow exhibitors and chat with customers over a glass of mulled cider. And of course I get to gawp at the wonderful things that everyone has made during the past year.

This year I am debuting my series of boxed greeting cards.  There are four to choose from. I will also have some framed prints and prints in my browser. Come and take a look at my new work.  It is very different from my oil paintings and I would love to see what you think about it.  Hope to see you there.

Upcoming Events
Cambridge Original Printmakers Sep 27, 2014 - Oct 05, 2014 — Pitt Building, Trumpington St, Cambridge
Solo show at Over Gallery Oct 16, 2014 - Nov 16, 2014
WOW Festival Oct 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Christmas 2014 Nov 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM
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