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.
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/
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.
Three of my solar plate prints are exclusive to Cambridge Contemporary Art in Trinity Street, Cambridge.
On Monday 26 November at the Cambridge Christmas show I launched a new collection of boxed greeting cards.
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.
Cambridge Walkabout is a box set of 8 different greeting cards all wrapped up in a gorgeous reusable hard-cased box.
We currently live in the age of social media. Sending a card or letter is something many of us have lost touch in doing. I decided earlier this year to create a series of boxed sets of greeting cards under the heading of 'Make Someone's Day - send a card!
Having just returned today from a funeral of someone I knew who took his own life it has reiterated the belief that I have done the right thing in creating this series. So go on - make someone's day and buy one of my new boxed sets and send them to those you love or have just lost touch with and you want to say hello to:-)
More information of the other sets will follow.
Out Of The Picture, Resting and Patience are three prints that are exclusive to Cambridge Contemporary Art. You will find them in the browser. CCA are based in Trinity St in central Cambridge. It is a wonderful gallery so pop along and take a look.
Fleeting and Inevitability
I have been concentrating on printmaking for several months now but today I have finished two paintings that will first be shown at an exhibition at Addenbrooke's Arts on 4 December 2013. These paintings were started back in April 2013 so it is nice to finally finish them. I think that having worked with my solar plate prints for many months now, where my style is more graphic my painting technique has changed.
Fleeting, oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Inevitability, oil on wood panel 33.5 x 43.5 cm.
I'm thrilled to be exhibiting this year at the Cambridge Christmas show after having a show break for the past two years (you would have found me at the front door instead:-)
I will be launching a new range of 4 boxed sets of greeting cards. You can also purchase prints directly from from my browser, all wrapped up ready to open on Christmas Day!
More information and photos will follow...
These three prints are exclusive to CCA.
Tomorrow I will be featuring on the Cambridge 105 Arts Roundup programme. If you listen between 2 - 3 pm you will find me talking to Simon Bertin about my paintings at Addenbrooke's Hospital and also about why I started the Cambridge Christmas exhibition, now in it's sixth year!
Okay, so yes, I have just finished the Oxford University show - (pictures will follow soon) but I had already started on my new collection a few weeks ago - Friendship Cups.
There are four prints to choose from. Here are few colourways of the first two. I would love some feedback as it really is something completely new for me.
Some of the work incorporates some of my own favourite cups. My friends will recognise them I'm sure.
Time For Tea!
First Coffee Of The Day.
On Friday 20th September at Green Templeton College, Oxford University I will be exhibiting a brand new collection of solar plate prints with my Printmaking Group - the Purple Printmakers. The collection is called A Tale Of Two Cities and based on the historic cities of Cambridge and Oxford.
It is always nerve-wracking when you launch a new collection so I am looking forward to the feedback on Friday night.
Doors open at 7 pm on the 20th and although the college will be closed to the public on Saturday 21 Sept for the alumni day we will be around on Sunday 22nd from 10 am until noon.
The Stable Gallery, Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 6HG.
Bridges hold a certain fascination for me. Whatever the shape, size or material used I marvel at the construction and always wonder where on earth an engineer would start in designing one of them.
While I have been at work during the last nine months building my solar plate print collection 'A Tale Of Two Cities', three bridges have held my attention. Albeit the first one mentioned here is in Venice, not in either Cambridge or Oxford where A Tale Of Two Cities is set but I couldn't resist completing a plate on the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. It was hard to ignore.
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice is an enclosed bridge passing over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace and was built in 1602.
The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge is a covered bridge belonging to St John's College of Cambridge University. It was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college's Third Court and New Court.
The Bridge of Sighs in Oxford (actual name is Hertford Bridge) is referred to as the Bridge of Sighs because of its supposed similarity to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The bridge was completed in 1914.
The name - Bridge Of Sighs in Venice, was given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, and comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality little could be seen from the very small windows due to the stone grills covering the windows.
Printmaking Revealed Exhibition
An exhibition of fine art printmaking by the Purple Printmakers (Nina Sage, Sherry Rea, Jo Tunmer, Tania Durrant and Lesley Corbett) is coming to Oxford.
Stables Gallery, Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HG.
The Launch Exhibition Events will be on Friday 20th September from 7pm - midnight and Sunday 22nd September from 10 am - noon. The artists will be on hand during these times and will be delighted to discuss their work and demonstrate techniques.
The exhibition will then continue until 22 October 2013. It will include a wide range of printmaking techniques from the traditional, such as etching, to the cutting edge, such as solar plate. Examples of linocuts, collagraphs and monoprints will be displayed, as well as some works with plates from which they came.
After the launch weekend the exhibition will be in the Stables Gallery at Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 6HG from the 22nd Sept, 2013 during normal college hours until 22 October 2013.
I am currently working on some new solar plates for my next show with The Purple Printmakers at Green Templeton College, Oxford University.
All the Purple Printmakers will be there for the whole alumni weekend 20 - 22 September and the exhibition continues until 29 September 2013.
I have had this wood panel sitting on my easel for a few months now. I can't decide what it needs, or is it finished? Still pondering on it!
Today, Sunday 21 July is my last day of Open Studios. Pimms will be out from 4.30 pm.
The first person who arrives today and tells me they saw my blog entry about the launch of my new pack of greeting cards wins one!
Doors open today at 11 am. Closing at 6 and then open for the last day tomorrow - 11 - 6 pm. Pimms will be out nearer the end of each day.