Friday, October 27, 2017

Art Unequalled. November 4th and 5th in Ely.

I am gathering work together for the first of my pre-Christmas events, Art Unequalled.
This takes places at the Maltings in Ely, Cambridgeshire on 4th-5th November 2017 and I am looking forwards to returning to this event. Its good to meet people and show my engravings but I also use this event to kick off my Christmas shopping!

As usual, I will be demonstrating how I engrave, developing a new owl block. On my table, I will display editioned engravings (including some framed), hand-printed cards, handmade books and my box of £10 engravings - I try to bring something along to suit all pockets.

This will be the first time I show my new work: "Apple Blossom Wren"

Here are the details (see also the Art Unequalled Website) :

I hope to see you there.

I will also be showing work at two other November events -  the Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair and Clare Christmas Fair. Details will follow.

Just a reminder that I now have a mailing list to keep you up to date with Work in progress, news, offers and events. You can sign up at my website - just click the "Mailing List" button and leave your email address (see also my previous blog post).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Finally - A Mailing List

For the last few years, I have relied on Social Media to keep people up to date with work in progress, forthcoming events and special offers. I am no longer confident that this is the best method, especially with rumoured further changes to the way that Facebook will deliver information.

I have signed up to MailChimp and finally have a way to offer an occasional email that I hope will interest you. The good people at The Internet Marketing Company have added a button to my website that links to a simple sign up form:

I will not bombard you with emails. I imagine that they will be sent monthly at the most.

Out of all  Social Media I engage with, I enjoy Instagram the most. You can follow me  as @andyengraver  where you will find images of my work or whatever else has caught my eye.
Here is a little taster:

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Apple Blossom Wren

We are lucky enough to have a garden which is busy with wrens and they have become one of my favourite birds. This is not the first wren I have engraved but this one has taken the longest.

It is a project that has been done simply for my own pleasure. In addition, it has been a demonstration piece that I could take with me to a selling event. If you have seen me working away at a block in public during the last couple of years, it was probably this one. Here are some views that have been added to my Instagram feed ( @andyengraver ) during that time::

The last of this group of photographs shows the last few adjustments to be made, pencilled onto a proof. I finally finished engraving during my open studios this summer and then set the block aside to move on with other projects.

The large Albion was free for a few days this week so I set up the block and tried some different papers. I was particularly pleased with a very smooth, very slightly creamy, Zerkall paper and made a start on printing the edition.

Here is the print. It is called "Apple Blossom Wren" and the image measures approximately 75 x 60mm. I am publishing it in an edition of 100. You can buy it now at a pre-publication price from my ETSY store and I will have it with me at my November selling events (more details about them very soon). It will then be available from my website.