Life in Design: Fraser Muggeridge talks of inspiring art books and the design process

In this interview by Frieze, Fraser Muggeridge talks about inspiration from artists designed books, in particular Wolf Vostell and Willem Sandberg as well as the design process. I found the film on www.makersandfounders.com which is an “An always (randomly) expanding collection of video interviews, with makers and founders from a variety of sources and perspectives” and well worth scrolling through.

Thames Barrier print studio, London

Take a look around the lovely Thames Barrier print studio in this film, showing all the areas, presses and facilities members can use. You can find out more about the print studio and a list of their amazing facilities here. You can also learn a bit more about various printmaking techniques on their website.

The Gap – Ira Glass and Daniel Sax

The Gap is a film of Ira Glass (of This American Life fame) giving his insight and advice about a time experienced by most creative people, when your skills don’t live up to your taste. It is a lovely message from Ira Glass and Daniel Sax has illustrated it and animated it with brilliant environmental typography (including printmaking techniques) which really reflect what Ira is talking about.

You can see Daniel Sax’s portfolio here.

And listen to more of Ira’s voice here.

2 weeks to enter Impressions of Nature Printmaking Competition

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The Jackson’s ‘Impressions of Nature’ Printmaking Competition is inspired by the season of Spring. They are calling all printmakers to express their vision of nature during the spring season. Depictions of wildlife and beautiful scenery all fit this theme, they have put together a Pinterest board to inspire your ideas of spring.

The winner chosen by our judge, Nick Morley, will receive £250 worth of Caligo Safe Wash Oil Inks. The People’s Choice winner chosen by public vote will win £150 worth of Jackson’s Art gift vouchers. There will also be gift vouchers for second and third place.

Entries are accepted from the 1st April to 15th April, 2015. To submit or to find out more information visit the Jackson’s Art blog. For more about printmaker and judge Nick Morley read his interview by Jackson’s Art here.

Image credit: Linocut Boy (aka Nick Morley) It’s not very spring like, but it’s a brilliant print with excellent use of negative space.

The Pushing Print Bursary Awards

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Based in Margate, Kent, Pushing Print is a not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and raise awareness of traditional and contemporary printmaking. This will be the last event Pushing Print, who announced the bursary on their website “We have really enjoyed working with amazing artists and organisations over the last 6 years to produce fantastic events that have pushed the boundaries of print and enabled some of the best and most exciting printmakers to exhibit in Margate. Talks and workshops have provided superb professional development opportunities and the steam engine creating a buzz of anticipation as it drives through the streets of Margate in readiness for the ever popular Giant Print event. So although it is tinged with some sadness that we announce our last event, we want to end Pushing Print as we began: promoting printmaking, supporting artists and raising the profile of creative Margate.”

The Pushing Print Bursary Awards

9 awards are available to apply for as follows:

2 x £500 Exhibition Bursaries
1 x £500 Printmaking Bursary
2 x £300 Printmaking Bursaries
4 x £100 Printmaking Bursaries

Applications are open to printmakers and artists whose work relates to printmaking.

Recent graduates are eligible to apply. These bursaries are not open to past or current members of Pushing Print committee.

Closing date for applications 30th June 2015

If you have any questions check the website or email pushingprint@hotmail.co.uk

Image credit: The Giant Print Event 2014, Summer of Colour. Image from the Pushing Print website, photograph by Jenny Duff.

The National Original Print Exhibition

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The National Original Print Exhibition is an annual open show established by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, with the aim of promoting the best of printmaking to a wider audience, as well as the opportunity to have prints featured in the show there are also prizes rewarded by esteemed judges.

The exhibition of selected works will be at Bankside Gallery, next to Tate Modern on London’s South Bank, in September 2015.

All forms of original printmaking are eligible for entry. Selection will be made from digital submissions with an entry fee of £12.00 per entry (£8.00 for students).

The closing date is 30th June 2015, to submit work or find out more visit the website.