Post-grad England Adventures!

Since the last time I've updated my blog, the site looked slightly different and I was still in America. I moved to England at the end of August this year to pursue a MA degree in Fine Art, so now I'm currently in Preston, England enjoying the rainy and cold weather that is Preston. Here are some pictures of the printmaking studios that I am lucky enough to work in every day. The etching and relief print area. Old Columbia press. Big etching press. Lithography area. -- Some things I'm working on: Because apparently England is big on health and safety, their etching processes no longer use the harmful chemicals such as turpentine or mineral spirits. So I basically have to relearn all the process of etching. This one is sugar lift without the sugar. Using liquid latex glue to draw on the zinc plate then liquid acrylics hardground on top. After it dries, you just peel the glue off and go ahead with aquatinting, which is airbrush acrylics on to the plate. Different kind of soft ground, also using acrylics. It's a relief based ink and you can alter it with distilled water to achieve a watery-like texture, as well as pressing textures onto the plate. Also learning lithography while I'm here, they have 3 lithography offset presses and one can print directly onto stone. Kind of wish I could have taken lithography back at University of Houston but it's better to learn late than never. I just love the way images look on stone, I can't wait to pull my first print off of this. This is done with acetone transfer onto stone then lithographic ink and pencils. England is pretty cool.

Black and White Photos

My black and white photos from my photography class. Expensive class but I think it was worth the money and time, I really enjoyed it. These photos were developed and printed then scanned on the computer so the colors may be a little off. Photograms: shaped by objects that represent me. Famous photographer assignment - John Baldessari: We had to pick a photographer and imitate the way they shoot and develop their prints. The colors are painted on there with acrylic paint. Self portrait: Four pictures I took of myself eating because I love food and I think it represents me well, and I have been told I eat like a man. Instead of showing myself in pretty self portrait, I decided to show the unattractiveness and more realistic me. Randoms: May Update:

Uni: My Gigantic Sack Boy Poster!

LOOK! Little Big Planet poster that I printed through Block Posters and it's awesome! You get to adjust the size on Block Poster and it prints on separate A4 paper to make a huge massive poster. The only problem I had was that I don't have a paper cutter, so I had to fold the edges and tape them, it was a hassle but very worth it in the end. A close up with my terrible cellphone camera, you can partially see the different pieces of paper. CUTEEEEEEE. I absolutely loveeeeeee it. I smile just looking at the huge massive sack... boy. <3 I printed Raiden and Snake to put by my bed just because! Another poster, I made this smaller because it requires a lot more ink.