Seaweed: relief

After months away from the printing press I have spent the last two days indulging in examining and printing a  beautiful array of seaweed samples that  I collected  on the west coast of Ross-shire and Sutherland whist I was undertaking research into beach litter for my Littoral art project.

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Seaweeds have so many similarities with the botanical  forms that I have worked with that I decided to find out more about them  by taking an introductory course in Seaweeds at the University of Edinburgh

 

In the six weeks of study we began to glimpse the extraordinary range of seaweeds around our shorelines and started to understand the categorisations of the algae washed up on beaches we know.DSCF7066

As with  botanical prints pressing samples carefully  is extremely important, even more so with the fine seaweeds that don’t have a strong internal structure.  I began experimenting  ways of pressing and preserving  seaweeds for printing. The seaweeds in these prints are all from the Loch Broom area.DSCF7068

The wracks seen here print well being strong enough to take a firm pressure through the  rollers, while the finer more delicate seaweeds need a damper paper and less pressure to  achieve a good print. DSCF7074

These prints have been made as rewards for crowd funding sponsors of my  littoral art project and as such I decided to print them on sustainable paper using  Khadi paper (recycled fabric fibre) and newspaper in keeping with the underpinning project message that we need to use less and to recycle more to help maintain a resilient environment.

Tomorrow they will be being packaged up and posted to my sponsors. I hope you like them! Seaweed prints made for sale will be posted soon.

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The beginning of July saw a wonderful days workshop at the  Vallum in NorthumberlandVallum 24 July 2013 013

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The press kept rolling in the heat and everyone was able to make  a printed book mark to take home from natural flora . A great experience for children and adults. I look forward to seeing  people again to develop their printing skills!

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More workshops are planned before Christmas in Corbridge, Northumberland when we will be printing  cards , book covers, tags …….

Unfortunately the advertised workshop in Fife in May had to be cancelled , but if anyone is interested please let me know and I will try and rearrange with the Steeple Arts Centre

Botanical Prints

Botanical Prints: plants are a  central theme in my work,  their structures have influenced many pieces of my work and now they are literally becoming my ‘plates’ to work from.

To date I have pressed and printed from Ferns, Teasels, Fennel and  Ivy.

Each of these plants creates a very distinctive print all of which are available as prints and greetings cards.

Prices  6 x 6″ cards £3.50,  5 x 5″  &  4 x 6″ cards £2.50, Tags £1 each

Postage 1-5 cards £1.50,  5-10 cards £2.50

Payment Paypal preferred, postal orders and cheques accepted. Email for quote & details julia_barton@btinternet.com

Bespoke prints and cards can be commissioned for special occasions  using significant plants to the recipient/sender.