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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.

First boxed set of cards ready to go....

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.

Prints at CCA

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.

 

 

 

 

 

New paintings

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.

Cambridge Christmas 2013

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...

 

 

 

Three prints exclusive to CCA

Three of my solar plate prints from my collection 'A Tale Of Two Cities' can be purchased at Cambridge Contemporary Art.

These three prints are exclusive to CCA.

On The Radio.....

On The Radio.....

Cambridge Christmas

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!

New solar plate collection

New solar plate collection

Friendship Cups.

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.

A Tale Of Two Cities

A Tale Of Two Cities

Sighing In Oxford

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.


Sighing in Cambridge, Oxford and Venice...

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.

Purple Printmakers at Oxford University

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.

Matriculation day at Green Templeton



Green Templeton College, Oxford University

Green Templeton College, Oxford University

Relief Day

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.

Finished... or not....

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!

Last day of Cambridge Open Studios today

Today, Sunday 21 July is my last day of Open Studios.  Pimms will be out from 4.30 pm.

Doors open at 11 am

Doors open at 11 am

Jo Tunmer Ltd cards

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.

Go on - make someone's day - send a card!

Go on - make someone's day - send a card!

Jo Tunmer Ltd cards

This week has seen the launch of my new range of a boxed set of 8 greeting cards.  If you like bikes, punts and Cambridge then you'll love them.  They have flown out the door and you won't find them anywhere else except at my next Open Studio weekend 20/21 July. Yes, that's this weekend!

The first person who arrives at my Open Studio at 59 Highworth Avenue, Cambridge, on Saturday 20th July to say that they have seen this blog entry on my website wins a box! Doors open at 11 am.

Currently retailing at £11.00.

A glimpse of my Open Studios 2013

A glimpse of my Open Studios 2013

Jo Tunmer Ltd Open Studios

The show is ready and waiting.  New prints, new boxed greeting cards, new oils on canvas.  Come along and take a look. I am open from 11 until 6 pm on Saturdays 13/20 and  Sundays 14/21 July.  I am looking forward to the feedback on the new prints.

It looks like the weekend is going to be sunny too so you can enjoy a glass of elderflower juice in the garden.

Cambridge Open Studios 2013

Cambridge Open Studios 2013

Cambridge Open Studios

The City and Beyond

One of my favourite quotes is by Andy Warhol - “Don’t think about making art, just get it done.  Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.  While they are deciding, make even more art.”

So this is what I've been doing. Since my last Cambridge Open Studios in 2011 I have been busy exhibiting my landscape oil paintings, completing a year-long certificate of Advanced Printmaking at the Curwen Print Study Centre, challenging myself physically with a trek in the Sahara, and visiting some of my favourite cities in the world for inspiration. And of course, then returning to the studio to produce the work.

Since learning how to print with polymer plates, an exciting fine art original printing technique that I have fallen in love with, my head is full of new possibilities.  The start of my collection based on Cambridge City uses this technique and they will be on display at my Open Studios.  I also have a body of landscape oil paintings on wood and canvas too.  You will also find hand-pulled and printed greeting cards, including the launch of my new collection of boxed cards, etchings on perspex, unframed prints and a few original oils on paper in the browsers.

I will be opening my studio and gallery space at 59 Highworth Avenue, Cambridge CB4 2BQ from 11 until 6 pm on Saturdays 13/20 July and Sundays 14/21 July. Elderflower juice, coffee, teas and biscuits will be served.  I will also be around during the week in between the Open Studio weekends, so if you would like to come outside of these times then email jo@jotunmer.com or call or text me at 07765 563908.

I can now accept both credit and debit cards during the Open Studios exhibition.

 

Resting. Polymer plate print with chine collé.

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