Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Polite request

I spent some time running my fingers and eyes over all the different pieces of expensive and beautiful lithography and etching equipment in Cornellison's today, as well as wandering the prints and drawings section of the British museum.
Who wants to rent me a lovely place with a stove and a printing press, and maybe a little garden and at least some real daylight (I'm going mad with dark in this studio), for really cheap? And can you write my books for me please? And colour them in? I eagerly await your response...

7 comments:

Ali said...

Is this a print? It has a real lithographic feel......Lovely stuff as usual!

Joel Stewart said...

Thanks,
No, it's just a sketchbook doodle played about with in the computer, but I hope that if I continue to think in terms of the process of lithographs and prints, then one day when I get the time and space and opportunity then I'll be able to translate to the real thing... Maybe never for illustration though; too stressful.

Ali said...

I've been longing to buy an etching press for some time now and recently my very handy brother -in- law converted an old mangle into a press for me. I have yet to try it out......

Joel Stewart said...

Yes, I always thought I'd probably try that.
My friend across the street actually has a press I could use, I'm sure. But I need a stretch of free time to learn as well. One day. There's nothing like the textures and sense of process and time in real etchings and aquatints.

Ali said...

I agree! The last time I did any etching I signed up to a night school class for etching just so I could get my hands on the equipment.Unfortunately it was 'safe etching' (not sure if that's the official name) there was no use of acids or other nasty materials which were always so exciting - everything was non toxic and the results i got were very disappointing.

steph said...

"Safe" etching sounds awful!! 2 other options are: East London Printmakers (very close to your house Joel) or even london print studios (much further away but slightly cheaper)? both feature friendly people & an aquatint resin box, a good press & everything! or the prince's drawing school - drop in sessions are £10 per day I think... Also there is a man in Walthamstow who is desperate for people to come and etch at his apparently amazing studio for FREE - only catch is I'll have to find his details again.

Joel Stewart said...

Yes, what could possibly be the point of doing it safely. Might as well use the computer...

Thanks so much Steph, that's all really interesting. I had looked up East London Printmakers, and had certainly been considering. The Evening class I would take isn't on until April, but I could probably get by on an induction. I did learn how to do it about eight years ago at college...

And I would be interested in the Walthamstow man if you can find the details. Are you still too sick to make tonight?