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Second viewing – Cambridge

Well, my second show is now underway – this time all the wonderful work from the Ma Children’s Illustration students are up at the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge until the 5th March.

Here, due to less space I decided to put less work up, and to fully concentrate on displaying  my prints (collagraphs).

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Work up in the Ruskin Gallery Ma show. Less is more? Or sparse and empty? We need to look at the bigger picture…

 

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A side view of my work

It an odd feeling that at this, my final show I opt to put up so few pieces, and truth be told, my heart, which is full of fun and clutter and all things interesting, wanted to fully fill my space. To cram it full of images of Pepe, and of images from my other books, as I did in my London show (no regrets there as there have been lots of interesting leads to follow up) but I wanted to give these prints a proper viewing, and so my “artist” kicked in – telling me to allow these prints to breathe – to encourage passers by to stop, to look, to pause and take in the details within my intricate prints – some of which take several days to create. And although in isolation (the top image) I feel that the display looks so sparse, when they are looked at next to the colour of it’s neighbour, the display works – the images bounce off each other.

I think what my tired brain (for I am tired after two shows and completing the Ma) is trying to say, is that often one has to carefully choose which work to show, and to match  work to the space, and to not always let the heart rule one’s mind.

And so to the show. For those who can’t make it to the show here’s a sneaky peek…..

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Rapunzel in the Tower collagraph on display

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The beautiful gallery space. Well worth a visit to spot the illustrators of the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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London Ma Show

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Here are a couple of pictures from the show…Sadly Gertie did not get to hold the pens for the comments book (there were a lot of lovely children who wanted to meet her, but she felt it was safer to sit and watch from above!). More pictures to follow, along with insides from the books. Its odd that this time last week it was all up and had a day of visitors, and now it’s over. But, it was worth it, with lots of great feedback and possibilities. But for now I am having a much needed rest…….

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