Fun at the Fair

fruitmarket table

‘This is a beautiful stand with exquisite work –  well done’    a much appreciated comment from an early visitor to the Fruitmarket  event.

The Edinburgh Bookfair was a great opportunity to show off my books of relief prints that I have been making over the past few years, along side sculptural  maquette’s of unfolding wire lines and constructed wire fabrics which have inspired the prints.

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 Some works are still for sale:    Wandering line books A6 & A7 (black & white)  £26

wandering line books ( page details)  wandering line books (positive prin page details)

 

 

 

wandering line books (positive prints)

positive  and negative line prints

wandering line books ( negative print)

 

 

 

Constructed fabric print books A6 £30fabric printed book

 

Recycled Scrap Books A6  £15recycled scrap books

All prices include P & P in the UK,  e mail for posting prices abroad

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.

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.

Welcome to AsKew

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Askew prints is an exciting new venture I am in the process of setting up  to show the paper & print works I am creating, all of which are for sale . So if you see anything you like just email me julia_barton@btinternet.com

Most of my time  as an artist is  spent making sculptures & installations    www.julia-barton.co.uk  on the streets, in theatres, parks and gardens, so  its wonderful to take time to play in the studio on a smaller scale.  Having always loved mono-printing  from objects and pressed flowers I invested in a roller press to enable me to make relief prints.

The results I am now achieving a year later are so exciting.

printed wire copy

Fascinated by  line and texture I began by printing a series of wire drawings, gradually understanding the pressure required for different  thicknesses of materials the  effects achieved are beautifully embossed. Take a look 

red relief print 2 copycropped relief print copy

Texture and surface detail are an essential element of  my work which I am now translating into print. The results of which I am compiling into sample books.