I’m self taught in art and have dipped my toe into drawing, life drawing, children’s story writing, painting and more recently etching, woodcuts, wood engraving and printing.
I am very lucky to be able to volunteer in the press room at Cherryburn the National Trust Museum and birthplace of Thomas Bewick, artist, naturalist and wood engraver. (1753-1828)
I demonstrate wood engraving and relief printing, and copper plate printing to visitors. I also share my enthusiasm for Bewick and his work.
We have an Albion relief press dating from 1830, and a star wheel etching press from 1860. We mix our own inks using French and Frankfurt blacks, with copper plate oil. We have copies of Thomas Bewick’s wood engraving blocks which we print, and I am also doing my own wood engraving and etching so I can share the progress of my work too.
Cherryburn is now open for this year, I will be in the press room most Thursdays.
Opening times :11am-5pm Tel:01661 843276
I have been looking for a project to inspire a series of wood engravings and story which I would set with type, print and bind into small books at Cherryburn. So if you are visiting, do ask how I am getting on!
I would like to create wood engravings based upon the Salmon’s journey, and create one or more children stories to go with them. Having found out recently that there are more Sea Trout making the journey and that they can make the journey up to 5 times! I had to include them too.
In order to learn about the fish and to find their story I am photographing and videoing the river, and the fish when I find them.
I will be blogging about the project, adding photos, engravings,video, as I go along. If you know good places along the North and South Tyne to see fish please do let me know.