Thursday, 13 February 2014

Into the Forest - Last day today!

There are are a few more hours left until the end of 'Into the Forest' and am happily reflecting on all the interesting people I have met over the course of the week, and new opportunities that have arisen from it. 

I hope you enjoyed the exhibition, here are some snap shots of the artwork on display:

My most popular sale! - can be made on commission - £25

As well as working on commissions after the show, I will be selling my hand made products and prints - if you would like to discuss any commission or purchase of artwork please send enquiries to

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

A little update from 'Into the Forest'

The exhibition is still showing until this Thursday until 9pm, so if you haven't visited do pop by and take a look at the artwork!

There are also illustrated handmade products available if you are looking for a gift!

Below is a limited edition card of 10, inspired by my botanical mono printing course, especially for valentines day, also available at the exhibition! (Fancy making your own? Come along to my next workshop at MAKERS on 1st March)

Here are some photographs from my three hour Botanical Mono-printing workshop. I had a wonderful creative group and it was inspiring to see the range of work they produced with the techniques taught, and how they developed their technique throughout the workshop.

Insight into the workshop:

I firstly demonstrate one technique and let the group experiment. I then teach them three more techniques separately and let them play with the new technique. After initial experimentation I encourage the group to experiment with the four techniques however they like. Following on from this the group is given time to use their new skills to make high quality prints to frame, gift tags, cards and wrapping paper to take home with them.


Yesterday's bookbinding workshop went well and two happy people walked away with four beautiful recycled and hand stitched booklets.

Check back for updates on Sophie's and Sarah's workshops over the last few days!

Saturday, 8 February 2014

A big thank you to all who came to the opening night!

A big thank you to all who came on Thursday night to celebrate the opening of my new exhibition 'Into the Forest'. It was a fun evening with delicious mulled cider by Severn Cider and an atmospheric sound track of sounds within the forest.

The exhibition will be running until next Thursday and shuts at 9pm, so there are still opportunities to come along!

There are also still spaces available on all of the workshops running, so if your feeling creative do book before they all fill up!

Here are some shots I took from my lunchtime botanical mono printing session yesterday. If you want to get your creative juices flowing do join in today at 12pm for the botanical mono printing course running later on!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Hand-made products available from the shop at the exhibition

From the opening evening tomorrow on 6th February there will be a range of hand-made products to buy at the exhibition. These include T-shirts, totes, cards, prints and gift tags - perfect for presents or just a special treat to yourself!

See below a sample of some of the items available in the shop:

Cards A-Z

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Botanical Monoprinting & Bookbinding with Katharina Nyilas

Katharina will be running a few fun wildlife-themed workshops next week following the opening of her Into the Forest exhibition on the 6th February. These are the perfect opportunity to get creative and learn some new techniques, for all ages and all levels of experience! 

Botanical Monoprinting - 

Friday 7th February Lunchtime Session 1-2pm £10   &   Saturday 8th February 12-3pm £25

Get inspired our ancient forests and diverse ecosystem to design some beautiful monoprints. 

In this workshop Katharina will be teaching four monoprinting techniques. Impressions of plants, leaves and natural fibres will be made and rolled out ink will be used with mark making to produce a single impression on paper through mark marking. You will have the opportunity to experiment with techniques and combine them after initial demonstration and practice of each technique.

The workshop will take you through the print making process allowing them to experiment with shapes and colour to create interesting patterns, colours and textures on paper. You'll have the opportunity to create unique botanical monoprints to take home as well as a range of small gifts including a set of greetings cards, gift tags and wrapping paper.

All materials are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own plant material or imagery to use as inspiration for drawing or mark making, or bring flat plant samples to use in the print making process. 

To sign up for the botanical monoprinting workshop, click on the 'workshops' tab on this blog. 

Bookbinding - Tuesday 11th February 10am-12.30pm £18

Katharina will also be running a bookbinding workshop open to all ages and abilities. This is a chance to create your own original notebook using a range of interesting textures and recyclable materials. Feel free to bring along your own materials and design your own personal notebook.

To sign up for the bookbinding workshop, click on the 'workshops' tab on this blog.


Monday, 3 February 2014

Interview with Elizabeth Bath

Hamilton House will be hosting another workshop on Monday 10th February, run by Gillian Thompson and Elizabeth Bath who will be showing you an introduction to etching! As drypoint etching is such a specific printmaking technique-using a needle-like pen to incise an image into a metal plate-this is a very exciting opportunity to have a go at such an interesting way of creating beautiful, detailed images and learn about the etching process. I love the timeless quality etchings give with their black and white tones and such an interesting texture: 

Elizabeth Bath answers a few questions about her etching, have a read and sign up to her workshop by clicking on the 'workshops' tab of this blog. 

Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your work, what sort of art do you make?

I have recently finished an MA in printmaking at UWE, and am now continuing with my practice at Spike Print Studio. I am an arts worker at Art + Power in Bristol and run etching workshops in the local area.

Do you solely work with etching or do you work in any other creative fields?

I have always enjoyed drawing (and my degree was in Drawing and Applied Arts). I particularly like working collaboratively, and love it when people come together to work on a project.

What is your earliest recollection of making an etching and what made you want to do more?

I started etching towards the end of my degree, and found it a very calming process. I really enjoyed the slow, gentle pace.

What inspires you and are there any themes or ideas that often run through your work?

I am inspired by quiet places. Much of my work involves leaving etching plates outside in remote locations.

Which other artists do you admire?

I am totally in awe of Lois and Franziska Weinberger. They have brilliant ideas, which are both funny and serious.

Etching is made up of lots of different processes, which aspect do you enjoy the most?

I like being in a print studio, talking to people and learning from them.

Elizabeth Bath and Gillian Thompson will be running their workshop on 10th February from 10am-1pm for £30 at Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft BS1 3QY

- Sacha