Author Archives: Claire B

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.

Etching: Hobbiton – preparation

In 2014 I toured New Zealand and visited Hobbiton, the village created for the movie The Hobbit.  I, personally, thought the movie was only average but I love the scenery and special effects. Hobbiton is a marvellous place and would … Continue reading

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A little collagraph printing

Even though my Linear Containment book was fully completed and assembled earlier in the year I still have an itch to print the final plate in a different colourway and then perhaps stitch into it. The original print looked like … Continue reading

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Etching: line and shape figure – final prints

As can be seen from the earlier stage of this project here I cut the etched plates at an angle, leaving me with a couple of triangular offcuts to play with.  A good place to explore colour mixing. I then … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 2 – extending a design

The goal: to create a variation on a theme. I’ve long been a fan of 1950s fashion and homeware print designs.  I’m drawn to repetitive semi-abstract motifs, usually large bold shapes and colours.  I recently saw an exhibition which included … Continue reading

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Woven chain book-binding

This was an excellent book-binding class I attended last week.  Luckily, being only one day, the tutor came with much of the book cover construction ready-done.  It seems like cheating a bit but with such time constraints we needed to … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 2 – creating the designs

Exercise 2: designing and cutting stamps The goal: to explore the possibilities of stamping as a design tool. I’ve spent the last 2 weeks carving 11 stamps from some of my comma designs (posted here) and then printing them. Collagraph … Continue reading

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Etching: line and shape figure

Using one of the line and shape figures I recently drew I  created a new print design, then worked on some simplified and stylised flowers. PLATE 1: This experimentation involves using sugar paste to create a printing surface on a … Continue reading

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