Tag Archive | Leaves

Leaf Prints at The Lowry Hotel

Silver-Birch-detail

I’m currently showing some of my leaf prints in a lovely exhibition called Inky Fingers at The Lowry Hotel.  Produced by Comme Ca Art and curated by Andrew Magee, the exhibition showcases the work of six printmakers from Hot Bed Press including myself and Andrew, Jez Dolan, Samuel Horsley, Gwilym Hughes and Robert Helnow.

The exhibition runs until 17th November so two more weeks to go and have a look!

Deutzia-Rosea

Silver-Birch Hazel

 

I’m back!

RBH mosaics - detail

I’ve been ridiculously busy for the past six weeks working on my mosaic commission for the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.  The project started six months ago when I worked with lots of patients, staff, parents and visitors to create leaf shaped mosaics that would eventually become part of a larger piece for permanent display in the courtyard at the hospital.

RBH mosaics - main wall

After a fairly wet and chilly weekend, all the mosaics were installed on the walls and looking fantastic.  We celebrated on Monday with an opening event which some of the original participants came to.  We had great fun trying to find their individual mosaics from the hundred or so that were included in the final artwork.

RBH-complete-04

Each ‘leaf’ shape within the mosaic artwork was made by a participant in the hospital workshops.  Once I had gathered all the participants’ artwork, I spent a few days arranging and rearranging the mosaics to get all the colours and individual layouts to work.  These were then transferred to larger templates and I mosaiced around the leaves to fill in the background colours.  These were chosen to compliment the participants’ mosaics but also to bring some much needed greenery to the hospital courtyard.

RBH-complete-03

I also kept the in-fill mosaics to a fairly simple design, with most mosaics cut in a Byzantine tile form (20mm x 10mm) and laid in a primarily Opus Classicum layout.  Opus Classicum is a combination of Opus Tessellatum and Opus Vermiculatum whereby the tiles are primarily laid in a brickwork pattern with any ‘objects’ within the background surrounded by tiles following its form.  This allowed the mosaic pieces to really highlight the participants’ work whilst creating a simpler background to also set them off.

RBH-complete-05

It’s all about the RSPB this week…

Last weekend we had a lovely arts event at Dove Stone Reservoir, organised in collaboration with the RSPB.  Alongside specially composed music (played by Saddleworth School Brass Band and Greenfield Brass Band), there were lots of things going on, including dance, visual arts, poetry, wildflower planting and leaf printing.

Richard Dawson created some gallery style plinths that showcased artworks responding to the amazing landscape and environment at Dove Stone Reservoir.  These included a piece of gritstone, some water, a section of peat, acorns, a bumble bee and some honey bees.

place-gritstone-plinth

place-water-plinth

He also installed some tree drawing machines, whereby drawings are created by the movement of the tree’s branches in the wind.

RSPB-Richard-Dawson-setting-up-a-tree-drawing-machine

Place-tree-drawing

(For more of Richard’s work, have a look here)

Alongside facilitating a drop-in leaf printing workshop, I created some large-scale withy honey bees which were displayed in the wildflower meadow overlooking the reservoir.

place-withy-honey-bees

place-withy-bees-detail

Royal Brompton Hospital – mosaic commission

RBH-wshop-05Having completed two sets of workshops at the Royal Brompton Hospital in June, I trotted off to London this week to pick up the final completed mosaics and to present the final designs to rb&h Arts.

For the workshops, I spent two days working with patients, visitors, staff and passers-by to develop designs and ideas for the final artwork and then two days making mosaics, using a leaf shape as a basic template.  During the workshops we made over 70 mosaic leaves which will all be incorporated into the final artwork.

RBH-wshop-01

I also created 50 mosaic ‘packs’ for people to take away and use or for people that couldn’t make it down to the workshops.  These consisted of a bag of mosaics, a leaf template on brown paper,  a pot of PVA, a glue brush and a set of mosaic instructions.  The packs proved really popular and they were all used which was fantastic!

I’ve created a design based on the same leaf template but at a much larger scale.  Each ‘leaf’ incorporates the mosaics created during the workshops and these leaves will be displayed around the courtyard.  I’ve used every single one of the mosaics made which at the last count was 93 individual pieces.

Next job – reverse the mosaics made during the workshops as these were made using the double indirect method.  I’ll use the indirect method to make the larger pieces.

I also delivered some of my leaf prints to the hospital as they are being used for a small exhibition in the foyer there alongside promoting the mosaic project.

 

Images © rb&hArts at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust


Leaf Printing Art Walk – Dovestone Reservoir

I’m doing a workshop on Sunday 30th October in partnership with Richard Dawson and the RSPB at Dovestone Reservoir in the Peak District.

The RSPB currently provide regular guided walks around the area of Dovestone though this one is a bit different in that it’s an ‘Art Walk’ and has more of a creative theme than previous walks.  Participants will be collecting their own leaves from the woods around Dovestone, which they’ll then use to create beautiful monoprints to take home with them.

This leaf printing process is something I already use in my own practice (see my website www.jacquisymons.co.uk for more info) and not only is it an easy and interesting way to create some lovely artwork but you also learn a lot more about tree types and how to identify them.

Hopefully the workshop on Sunday will also get participants to look at and use the landscape in a different way and also to have a go at an art process they might not have tried.  I’m seeing this as the start of many ‘Art Walks’ around Dovestone – there’s lots of possibilities!

The image below is one of mine – printed with leaves from a little oak tree at Dovestone.

'English Oak' Monoprint by Jacqui Symons