New Mills Arts at Torr Vale Mill had twenty artists, but they weren’t the only artists in New Mills on Bank Holiday Monday. Further up the road was Spring Bank Arts Centre at St James the Less Church. Here Danish artist Karl-Christian Geleff had some amusing items including a real pipe fastened to a board with the note “This is a pipe” and a chair which lit up when you sat on it. Something to do with the sun shining, I believe!
Karl-Christian also had some interesting prints on display. He buys old metal printing blocks from junk shop. Using them as etching plates, he gets a negative effect. He also prints both sides of the plate as part of his ‘Ret & Vrang’ project.
Louise Jannetta had some lovely collagraphs on display, which she printed with metal foil plates, into which she had cut some parts and to which she had also stuck textured wallpaper as the collagraph parts.
One of Louise’s collagraph plates
The prints I particularly liked were ones where Louise has used two foil plates, one for the shaded areas and one for the drawn detail. Must have a go at this technique.
At the Textile House, Debbie, Sheila and Val were showing modern and traditional patchwork quilting, while Joy had her knitting and crochet on display.
I liked this little item!
Finally we visited 67 Mellor Road which was the venue for five artists. I particularly Anne Humberstone’s work in textiles and mixed media. She had developed some work from sketches of a pair of redundant boats at Salen on Mull. I particularly liked the fact that Anne had her sketchbooks out for people to look at.
Anne explained the development of her idea: “Much of my recent work has used machine embroidery on heat-tooled organza so I am keen to develop some new techniques but still want to further explore using heat to alter the texture. I want to represent the texture of the rust and peeling paint of the boats. I decided to experiment with lutrador as I have only ever used it once before in a tree bark piece I did at a workshop last year.
“I painted the lutrador with a mixture of acrylics, silk paints, metallic paint and embossing powders. I then bonded three layers of bondaweb and used a heat gun to create texture. The different paints resisted the heat in various ways resulting in some realistic rusted effects. I planned to use this for the gunwale and prow of the boat.
“I then traced the outline of the planks of the boat onto a piece of lutrador and cut it out with a soldering iron, cutting carefully so that I also had s negative of the piece I wanted. I then painted a distressed effect on this, The final piece was assembled on a painted background with shells and other found items to create ‘Resting Place’.”
Resting Place by Anne Humberstone
“The ‘negative’ skeleton of the boat was used in another work ‘Ghost Boat’ using different techniques with layered fabric and printed silks embellished with shells and beads.”