2018 Sketchbook voyager

My 2018 Sketchbook voyager ‘La Montagne’ has reached its destination. The project has now been catalogued into the Brooklyn Art Library! It can be found on the shelves with a call number of:
347.28-2
https://www.sketchbookproject.com/libraries


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Dover Studio Collective celebrates Fête de l’estampe

A collective of Dover-based artists and their guests are opening up their studio building to the public again, presenting both complete and in-progress print-based work across their active workspaces. The event, part of the sixth Fête de l’estampe festival, will bring together contemporary print and artists’ books and aims to present an expansive view / idea of what print can be. All are welcome to visit this free studio event and no pre-booking is required.

Saturday/samedi 26/5: 11.00-17.00h
Sunday/dimanche 27/5: 11.00-17.00h

Une collection d’artistes basés à Douvres et leurs invités ouvrent les portes de leurs ateliers au public. Ils présenteront des œuvres imprimées – complètes ou en cours – dans le cadre de leurs espaces de travail individuels ainsi que dans une exposition collective dans leur espace d’exposition. L’événement réunira l’impression contemporaine et des livres d’artistes avec l’intention de présenter une vision / idée expansive des possibilités de l’impression. Tous sont invités à visiter cet événement gratuit, et la réservation n’est pas nécessaire.

La Fête de l’estampe

Devenue au fil des années un succès, c’est un rendez-vous annuel à ne pas manquer. La Fête de l’estampe permet à un large public de découvrir dans une ambiance chaleureuse la richesse de ce moyen d’expression qui comprend la gravure, la lithographie, la sérigraphie ou encore les procédés numériques. Des expositions, des performances, des visites d’ateliers, stages, démonstrations, portes ouvertes, cours, conférences, ventes aux enchères, kakémonos géants, etc. sont organisés dans toute la France et même au-delà, en Europe, le jour de la Fête de l’estampe, autour du 26 mai 2018. La Fête de l’estampe 2018 reçoit le soutien du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.

Over the years, the success of this festival has made it an unmissable event in the cultural calendar. With the support of the French ministry of Culture, La Fête de l’estampe provides a festive opportunity for many to discover this rich art that includes lithography, engraving, serigraphy, artists’ books and even digital prints. Exhibitions, outdoor studios, training sessions, open studios, conferences, performances, auctions, and giant prints are organised in France and in many other countries in Europe on 26th May, 2018, for one day, or longer in some areas.

Directions

Dover Studio Collective: 67 Astley Avenue, Dover, Kent CT16 2PW

Although parking is limited on site, there is plenty of parking space available within 50 meters, just beyond the railway bridge. There is a bus stop near the end of Astley Avenue (routes 15/89/90/61), and the studio can be reached on foot 1-2km or taxi from either Dover railway station or ferry terminal.

Entry is free / gratuite.

Le stationnement sur place est limité mais il y a moyen de se garer à moins de 50 mètres dans un parking a l’arrière du pont ferroviare. Un arret de bus se trouve en bas de Astley Avenue (routes 15/61/89/90). L’atelier peut être atteint à pied ou en taxi depuis la gare de Douvres ou le terminal de ferry qui se trouvent à 1 ou 2 km.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day was celebrated on Sunday 29th April 2018, and photographers across the globe took the opportunity to get out and about with their pinhole cameras. Lens-less photography comes in all varieties from analogue homemade tins or boxes, bespoke wooden pinhole cameras, to digital conversions. My favourite choice of camera for the day was my old Polaroid Pinhole 100 camera. The real joy of experimenting with this camera is that it uses an analogue Type 100 instant peel-apart film, so for creative exposures the print can be viewed following just 60 seconds development. Negative and print sheets are sandwiched together in the film pack, exposed in camera before being pulled out through rollers, which spreads a pod of chemical gel between the two sheets, developing the image. The sandwich is then pulled apart to reveal a processed print and negative sheet.

Sadly Polaroid instant Type 100 film has not been in production for some years now, and Fuji have just recently discontinued manufacture of their last film in this format. Once my refrigerated expired stock of these films is finally used up, this little camera will become redundant, without some engineered structural modification to use an alternative film format. One slight positive will be that I will then be able fit some food back in my fridge, but that is only if I do not manage to locate a further source of film stock to fill it with!

For the past few years here in the UK it seems to have been grey and wet weather for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, and this year was no different, but shooting beneath a tree canopy helped to shelter camera and instant prints from the worst of the rainfall. Despite the overcast skies, I was still achieving 6-8 minute exposures on the Fuji made film. Multiple exposures under the trees created an ethereal image with subtle layers and an impression of movement from the passage of a breeze through the leaves.

Direct scans from the Fuji fp-100c type 100 instant print images shot on 29th April for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. One image will soon be uploaded to the WPPD gallery: http://pinholeday.org/

La Montagne travels to Brooklyn

There is a tangible sense of achievement once a sketchbook project is concluded, a process has taken place from start to finish; from cover to cover. In reality however, it is never really completed, as there will always be ‘that’ little detail or textual element to enhance or embellish.

‘La Montagne’ is my most recent sketchbook, exploring geometric mountain-like forms, collaged onto a pre-defined booklet supplied by The Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn NY. With paper cut-outs assembled and mounted into position, my sketchbook was registered onto the project website to obtain its unique searchable barcode, before being placed in the post to commence its transatlantic voyage to the real-life library in New York.

This is quite an emotional feeling, a parting in as much as I will never see the sketchbook in its physical form again – or be able to add anything further to the ideas / collages mounted within. It will now reside on a different continent, catalogued and viewable within the offline library there, before being scanned into the projects’ online library and finally viewable worldwide across the web. Although never to return home to its studio of origin, I will see updates from time to time about its interactions and the places it visits, so we will never really lose touch.

East Kent Artists’ Open Houses

Now in its 17th year, EKOH has gone from strength to strength with more artists than ever, over 200 spread over 67 houses and studios. We are also delighted to include Margate, Cliftonville and Deal and hope to extend our range around Kent’s Creative Coast.

All houses are open weekends during the festival:
20th/21st, 27th/28th October & 3rd/4th November 2018 11am – 5pm (unless stated)

For more information about the event see: https://ekoh.org.uk/

If you are interested in participating in East Kent Artists’ Open Houses 2018, then please contact one of the area organiser for more information. Or alternatively download the entry forms below for all the information about taking part.
https://ekoh.org.uk/take-part/

Deadline For Entries is 30th April

Please get in touch with Kate if you would like to be an artist exhibiting during East Kent Open Houses in the Deal Trail. Last year – our first year for Deal – we had 21 artists and some shared homes and some opened their studios

Kate Baker: Deal
katebakermosaicmuse@icloud.com

DC Postcard Show – Eastbourne

Lovely bright morning to start the 2nd weekend of the Devonshire Collective inaugural DC Postcard Show in Eastbourne today.


DC Postcard Show

This vibrant exhibition shows original postcard artworks in a range of media by artists from across the UK and beyond. The show is displayed at the DC3 Project Space, at 1-5 Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7NA during Eastbourne Artists Open Houses 2018
(7/8 April and 14/15 April).
All postcards will be on sale during the exhibition priced at £20 each.
The exhibition will be open 10am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday. Payment can be made with cash, card, cheque or Paypal.