Friday, January 24, 2014

printmaking group exhibit

Today is the Opening of the exhibit "Tryckfrihet"at Kungsbacka Konsthall where I'm exhibiting together with other members of Grafik i Väst (a printmaking associations).

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

back to my own work - finally

Three layers printed. Next week I'll print the last layer.

Last year, especially the second half of it, I didn't manage to get much time for working on my own art. The eternal story! This spring though, I have less projects booked - no commissions! - and I'm looking forward to some serious time playing around! 

Yesterday and today I was at KKV screen printing. 
Everyone was asking "are you here to here to prepare for teaching?
I said "no" and smiled "not this time" 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Like the birds

The book that comes with the Portal is called "Såsom Fåglarna" (like the birds) - here you can see some of the spreads. (Only three of the spreads have text.) Basically it's the story of a child going through the Portal - by following a woodpecker - to the land of the fairy tale where he/she hangs out with some birds doing things birds do. The story is supposed to work for children between 1,5 to 6 years old - which I found to be a challenge; to make it simple enough to be understood by the youngest and still keep the oldest children intrigued ...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

playing with the Portal

Yesterday I visited the preschool -  now that the children have moved in - and showed them how to use the theater curtains and read them the book (photos of the book coming up very soon!). And of course I took some photos - but I haven't yet gotten the permission from the parents to use the photos - so therefore I've blurred the faces above . (If I don't get the permission I'll have to switch their faces for my son's face in different ages in photoshop ... so I still can use the photos for applications and such. Because I don't want the photos the blurred way!)

Update: I got the parents' permissions!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2 x Swedish forrest

Nina Bondeson is right now exhibiting at Galleri 1. An exhibition well worth visiting!

The day before yesterday - before we got some snow - I visited a forrest where I'll make a workshop in spring with a preschool on the theme sculpture and nature. I'm planning something that is part installation, part land art, part fairy tale. It will be something like the visual play workshops I did last year. Same same but different.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

my screen printing workshops this spring

The new year has started and what could be better than to learn something new?

KKV (collective artists' workshops) has now published the new KKV Göteborg course program at their website (only in Swedish). Many great courses to sign up for!  I will be teaching two workshops  one in March and one in April.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Summing up 2013

Summing up last year is for me the best way of starting the new year.  I'm very self critical and can often be hard on myself feeling I haven't achieved as much as I wished I had. Looking back at 2013 I can't deny I've been seeing some results (worked harder than ever!). But I must say I keep giving a very split impression, at least in my own eyes... (my constant problem)
I exhibited my laughters on paper on white walls in a separate exhibition in a gallery and my sticky smiles in a group exhibition outdoors.

I started the year by finishing my children's book for the illustrated children's book course at HDK - then exhibited it twice with my fellow students and read it for children - and finished the year by completing (another) book for Stensjön's preschool as part of a commissioned art piece (the Portal)

I also moved in to a bigger, brighter and better studio and received the Cultural Grant from the City.

Pedagogically I worked with everything from teaching big format screen printing at HDK to leading a wall painting project with teenagers - and engaging preschool children in visual play in the forrest.

In  autumn/winter I concentrated on completing two public commissions.