Meadow collagraphs (above)
The second image is of a print that I’ve made for an exhibition that is due to go ahead in July but the museum is currently closed so I’m not totally sure what will happen. They may postpone it or it may go ahead. Details of the show are:
THE VIEW FROM THE FELLS: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARIE HARTLEY, 10 July – 4 November 2020, Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes.
I have had the pleasure of working with the Dales Countryside Museum on a project inspired by the life and work of Marie Hartley MBE. She was asked to make prints from the 127 wood engraving blocks bequeathed to the museum by its founder, Marie Hartley, who was an artist, writer and cultural historian. Many of the blocks were exquisite images created to illustrate the books that Hartley co-wrote with Ella Pontefract in the 1930s and 1940s: Swaledale, Wensleydale and Wharfedale. I then spent a year researching Marie’s life and work, visiting some of the places written about in the three books and creating prints inspired by the Yorkshire Dales landscape. This solo show of collagraph prints is a culmination of that work. This is the first time that I have made such an extensive body of new work and the exhibition will coincide with talks, workshops and written articles.
The second image is a collagraph about Crackpot Hall so I’ve given it a temporary title of ‘Crackpot Hall’ but I’ll come up with something better when I sign and edition it.
The first photo is of some of my meadow collagraphs which will form a bigger piece consisting of 95 images of flowers and insects exploring the theme of diversity of upland hay meadows. It is inspired by the meadows of Swaledale and Marie Hartley and Ella Pontefract’s written accounts of Haytime in the Yorkshire Dales. I’ve printed 32 so I’m a third of the way there!