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The Lino and Woodcut Prints of Jeffrey Knopf.

A couple of weeks ago I posted some pictures of he work of HAP Grieshaber. Since my first post I have obtained another more comprehensive book of his Woodcuts and paintings. Sadly the book is in German but the pictures are great, I love his simplicity of line and use of colour.

A couple of weeks ago I posted some pictures of he work of HAP Grieshaber. Since my first post I have obtained another more comprehensive book of his Woodcuts and paintings. Sadly the book is in German but the pictures are great, I love his simplicity of line and use of colour.

Here is a link with an article and a short film regarding funding for the Museum of British Folklore http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/film-museum-of-british-folklore
It is a lovely film. For those of you that do not know I recently donated my collection of woodcut prints based on British Folklore traditions to the museum and these will be featured in their next news letter.
This is a worthy cause as Britain has a rich tapestry of folklore traditions that have been neglected by many but should be celebrated by all.
For example Morris dancing has survived through thick and thin in some cases it was practically wiped out due to World War One and Two but thanks to a re interest in the 70s dance troops re emerged to keep this tradition alive.
In many other countries their folklore heritages are celebrated so why not in Britain?
Please take a look at this film
Thank you 
Jeff

Here is a link with an article and a short film regarding funding for the Museum of British Folklore http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/film-museum-of-british-folklore
It is a lovely film. For those of you that do not know I recently donated my collection of woodcut prints based on British Folklore traditions to the museum and these will be featured in their next news letter.
This is a worthy cause as Britain has a rich tapestry of folklore traditions that have been neglected by many but should be celebrated by all.
For example Morris dancing has survived through thick and thin in some cases it was practically wiped out due to World War One and Two but thanks to a re interest in the 70s dance troops re emerged to keep this tradition alive.
In many other countries their folklore heritages are celebrated so why not in Britain?
Please take a look at this film
Thank you
Jeff

Finaly all the cutting is done on the block, here it is from start to finish including a reverse picture to give an idea of how it will look when it is printed.
It was a long slog with lots of grabbed moments now on to Cronkism.

Fed up with the constraints of my other block I decide to throw all caution to the wind and unleash the liberating world of Cronky.
The wood is hard as hell to cut but it will also add to the rawness of this mask.
I have to add that this is free drawn so no tracing so no safety net is in place. Bring it on.

Fed up with the constraints of my other block I decide to throw all caution to the wind and unleash the liberating world of Cronky.
The wood is hard as hell to cut but it will also add to the rawness of this mask.

I have to add that this is free drawn so no tracing so no safety net is in place. Bring it on.
Getting there, it has been a long road with lots of breaks but almost done.

Getting there, it has been a long road with lots of breaks but almost done.

Hack,hack slice it up now the fun of clearing begins. So glad I found this g clamp, three hands are always better than two.

Also resolved the clouds so this should either be finished tonight or tomorrow.
Watch this space.

I am currently getting off on the woodcuts of Hap Grieshaber.
The good thing about living in Switzerland is that you can find books on woodcut artists you may never have heard of in the UK.
This is a small catalogue with original woodcuts in by the artist Hap Grieshaber, I like the use of colour and the primitive feel of the prints, this is almost the way I want to go as at times I am so uptight I feel that the finished prints have lost all their life and energy. Added to this I should start using my time to experiment more, my next purchase has to be another table for my office so that I can print.

Our tenacious cat is on a killing spree. He seams to have taken up fishing these look like baby trout, the sounds of munching and crunching is rather impressive.

Foraging
 Whilst going to collect my daughter from a Forest skills week I pass a cherry tree resplendent with ripe fruit, which is being left to rot.
I could not help myself I filled my pockets with these gifts they will be a great addition to dinner tonight.

Foraging
Whilst going to collect my daughter from a Forest skills week I pass a cherry tree resplendent with ripe fruit, which is being left to rot.
I could not help myself I filled my pockets with these gifts they will be a great addition to dinner tonight.