The Cambridge Open Studio flag flutters in the sun to welcome you all:
Inside the door you can see a collection of my bookplates and articles about my work from several countries:
Glancing round, you can see through the open door of the pressroom to the small 1865 Albion press and some framed engravings:
More framed engravings, the drying racks, the inking table and a mandolin - its great to play a tune or two as a break from printing:
Now we can see both presses. A was giving demonstrations on "Red" the larger 1902 Albion:
Some of the shelves had been cleared to make room for sketchbooks, examples of my wedding and Christening images and the Seamus Heaney project:
Leaving the pressroom again, "Dr Snake" guards some more door-hung engravings:
Out on the main table, miscellaneous odds and ends:
I set up my engraving kit at the end of the table, finishing a block featuring a figure in a library with books and fossils:
When the sun did shine, it was pleasantly warm and A and I could take our breaks outside:
Here is a walk through of the whole thing. No commentary, just birds singing and music by Brian Eno:
Its great to look up and see one of my favourite flower beds.
Meanwhile, below the table, another kind of distraction as one of the hens absent-mindedly pecks at my jeans:
Today, I was working on designs for three separate projects. They are all now ready to engrave so I will have plenty to demostrate with next weekend and at Art In Action the following weekend. Here, I am finishing the design for an engraving on the theme of a journey for a print exchange. I will be using a lovely natural "round" of boxwood made by Chris Daunt:
Do drop by if you get the chance to next weekend. I am open on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 6pm. Details here.