Greetings grapple fans! We've calmed down a bit this month; raspberry jam & War of the Worlds has been cast aside for Leonard Cohen & a bamboo mat on Ernie's side of the studio. And.... breeeeeeathe... 

We have two new prints available & the lino workshops are back in action...

The printing process is such a delightful & satisfying journey so we'd like to share a few pictures of the making process with you along with the finished posters....

 

 Laser cut images, honeycomb text & wood type. A2 size.

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NEW ONE DAY LINO CUTTING WORKSHOPS

DATES: 5th & 26th July. 

This one day course will give you the chance to explore the wonderful world of lino cutting & print making. Bring your ideas for a lino cut, take proofs, mix colours & make a small edition on the mighty Vandercook press. 
With plenty of tea and cake & lots of technical help you’ll go home with a set of unique letterpress prints and a strong sense of satisfaction.
This is the ideal gift for anyone with a love of old school technology, printmaking and cake.
£65. 10am-5pm, materials & refreshments included. Maximum of 4 people per workshop (over 18's only)

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OTHER NEWS:
A few pictures from last week's lino cutting workshop at Ditching, printing in the sunshine with a garden roller...

 

I will be running a wood engraving & letterpress weekend with Jude Clynick on 18th & 19th July at Ditchling Museum. Book here.

WHAT NEWS FROM THE FASTEST MILKMAN IN THE WEST? 

Whilst Ernie has been lounging on the sofa with his friend Finn, contemplating the idea that without impermanence, nothing is possible... I have been roughing it in the aisles of Ikea. It is indeed true that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, but I think it was Beyoncé's cleaning lady that added - of course, that first step is so much easier when there's meatballs & a small pot of lingonberry sauce waiting for you at the end of it.

A final word of advice... never tell a lurcher about vegan meatballs.

It can get ugly.

I recently had the lovely people from Brighton Doctoral College come to the Lucky Budgie studio for a team building day, all 12 of them! It was a bit of a squeeze but it turned out really well. We had three teams of four people collaborating, one poster per team... writing words, choosing type, setting chases, proofing designs, choosing colours & printing the final poster designs on the mighty Vandercook, with a slap up lunch at the Jerwood Gallery in between. We also made some rather random postcards on the hand proof press. I had such a good time I forgot to take photos, doh!

The studio can accommodate a maximum of 12 people plus myself & Ernie. The day runs from 10am-4pm with an hour for lunch. All materials & refreshments are included. 

If you'd like more information & prices please email me here: chirp@luckybudgie.com or ring 07786 071703. 

Greetings grapple fans!

Last week we fired up the Landrover & went to print with the 'crown jewels' of wood type in the infamous press room at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. We set a poster that you can print on the proof press on Saturday 20th Sept, the first anniversary since their refurbishment. Entry to the museum is free & there will be a host of pop-up shops too, so please come along & join in the #artcraftparty. We're looking forward to printing posters, eating cake & drinking beer with you.

We can't reveal what the poster looks like, it's a closely guarded secret, so... you'll just have to come & crank the handle for yourself & see what comes out!

Here's the wood type we used to get the press running sweetly. Gill sans! Gill sans!! As BIG as yer 'aaaands...

    

I'll have a P please, Eric.

    

Dogs aren't allowed in the museum so Ernie will stay home & be drip fed a calming cocktail of valium & Birds custard. Ernie's stunt double for the day will be the very able Mr Thomas Appleton, stone carver & tip top type-picker. The poster would never have been set in one afternoon without his valuable input.

     

#artcraftparty

SEE YOU ON THE 20TH SEPT 11am-10pm

#NoYouCantComeErnie

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Credits:
Photograph of Thomas © Nathaniel Hepburn
Photographs of Pea © djbrass
Photgraphs of Ernie & the press room © Pea