I have been VERY quiet on social media recently! I went away to Wales for a very relaxing Christmas week. We stayed in a remote cottage which had no mobile phone signal. I find it comforting to be “out of reach” occasionally – it gives me a chance to recharge my creative batteries. We did some lovely walks in the Forest of Dean with Mabel the dog! Now I am fully recharged, and have got off to a productive start in 2015; I am aiming to spend two days on the press per week in January, just producing as many prints as I can. I hope to sell at some craft fairs in the summer months, so I have reduced the size of my monoprint plates to 22 x 17 cm. Smaller prints are more affordable at craft fairs, and easier to display. I have decided to pull out of the “interrogating materials” project run by Dorset Visual Arts. I think it’s a great idea to get together with other artists to collaborate, but faced with a room full of people at the first meeting in November, I realised that I prefer to network on a smaller scale – one artist at a time. Last week I got together with Donna Enticknap (www.donnaenticknap.com) who does amazing detailed pictures. She paints with tea – so unusual. A very talented artist! We have a few things in common: a love of trees and forests, an interest in the Orient, and we are both experimenting with printing using cut-outs and stencils. We hope to collaborate soon and share techniques.
In the meantime, I have kept to my resolution so far this year. These photos show the results of this week’s efforts. I will photograph and upload them to my new 2015 Gallery on my website next week: http://www.genevievelaversprintmaker.co.uk