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The Fish Tale Exchange

Linocut Workshop with Vic Harrison

Vic came to the workshop with a bag full of beautiful sketches she made at the Eden project and Bristol Zoo last year. After perusing and discussing the sketches, Vic chose her fish sketch with soft curves and minimal texture so she could focus on carving a simple shape.

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Carving fish

After testing out mark making on different lino Vic prefers carving her fish on this battleship grey linoleum. The 'easy to carve’ Softcut is not as forgiving and although it’s soft and smooth like cutting through butter there's more potential for the tool to slip. Vic becomes comfortable with holding the tools and takes her time carving the lino until a fish appears in relief.  

After testing out mark making on different lino Vic prefers carving her fish on this battleship grey linoleum. The 'easy to carve’ Softcut is not as forgiving and although it’s soft and smooth like cutting through butter there's more potential for the tool to slip. Vic becomes comfortable with holding the tools and takes her time carving the lino until a fish appears in relief.  

Printing fish

Vic uses a combination of a wooden spoon and a disc baren to print her fish in plum black letterpress ink.

Vic uses a combination of a wooden spoon and a disc baren to print her fish in plum black letterpress ink.

Inky black fish on blue yellow and orange

Hanging the fish prints up to dry.

Hanging the fish prints up to dry.

Thanks Vic for your incredible energy. You dived right in and discovered a wonderful shoal of fish on your journey! : ))

About Vic

Vic Harrison is well known for her creative community art projects around Bristol. With her recent project BUOYBLE she organised a team of crocheters to create a giant woolly bauble for the dockside. They covered the buoy in 1400 crochets hexagons.

You may have heard of the story about The Bristol Crocodile spotted in the River Avon a few years ago. Last year a life size woolly version was created by Vic as part of her Briswool project (a giant woolly version of Bristol.) She was also selected as one of the Shaun in the City artists. Vic covered her Shaun The Sheep sculpture in thousands of bits of freestyle crochet. 

Vic is currently running CROCHET and THREAD courses at Crafting the City ( A Community Interest Company delivering a range of community arts projects and a course programme of arts and craft workshops). Alongside these, she is also running The Seagull Project.

A Beautiful Flock Of Woolly Seagulls

"This project will create a huge flock of gulls to reside around the dockside in a variety of venues. They will be herring gulls, black headed gulls and lesser black backed gulls. I am currently designing several models and will then go on to create patterns. The gulls will be able to be decorated by their makers and names will be chosen by those who fund them. Makers will receive a special stripy bird pattern designed by me as a thank you for helping.” Vic Harrison - Crafting The City

You can also follow Vic’s projects on Facebook and Instagram

 

Print Your Own Letterpress Cards

Ahrabella Prints wedding cards for Ruth & Pedro 

Ruth & Pedro wedding cards printed by Ahrabella

Ruth & Pedro wedding cards printed by Ahrabella

Using a combination of metal type 

Ahrabella exploring metal type

Ahrabella exploring metal type

Exploring different coloured card stock

Ahrabella printing her cards on the adana 8 x 5 printing press

Ahrabella printing her cards on the adana 8 x 5 printing press

Congratulations

Ruth & Pedro

And thank you Ahrabella for your energy and enthusiasm throughout the whole process. It was a joy to work with you. 

Wedding cards by Ahrabella

Wedding cards by Ahrabella

create your own unique cards

Treat yourself to a creative play day

print on the Adana 8 x 5 printing press

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Linocut Workshop - March Hare

Tea and Oranges

Lovely workshop this morning exploring ideas for Julie's linocut. Very fitting that Julie chose a hare for this month of March! Our Mad Hatter's tea party included a healthier option of fresh fruit with plenty of cups of tea. 

Julie brought her inspiration into fruition, producing a lovely chocolate brown hare, by mixing vermilion, cobalt and orange relief printing ink.

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Letterpress Workshop with Kate and James

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New Clarendon

James exploring typesetting with 10pt New Clarendon with a composing stick. Placing furniture and locking the type in the chase with quoins and quoin key. Printing the type on the Adana 8 x 5 using gold letterpress ink on white card stock.

Futura Berthold

Kate exploring typesetting with Futura Berthold. Typesetting directly into the chase. Placing furniture and locking type in the chase. Printing the type on the Adana 8 x 5 using gold letterpress ink on 100% recycled card stock.