August 2015 - 2016, Or what I've been working on in the past year

I have pretty busy over the past year (yes, it really has been a year since I wrote here... what a neglected blog!). I've had several shows and projects on the go, whilst working at my various other jobs and studying, all whilst trying to make new work! Time flies. I thought I'd try to make a summary of what I've managed to do here, for anyone interested:

1. Made lots of new work, which I'll dedicate another post to soon. They are a series of vessel prints, using a variety of printmaking methods.

2. Worked hard on a new collaborative project called Riso Soup. As the name suggests, it is a project where artists use the limited colours/ rough around the edges process of Risograph printing. We have made lots of zines and a perpetual calendar so far. The project has been to Barcelona, all around Scotland, and we have ambitions for lots more. I'll update with more as it happens.

Riso Soup in the Print Studio

Riso Soup in the Print Studio

3. Shows!

► My work got exhibited in China in the show The Silk Road with Dundee Print Collective, at the IMPACT International Printmaking Conference in Hangzhou last year.
► I had work in a few group shows in Perth, WASPS Meadowmill, and the Print Space at Dundee Contemporary Arts. (I actually have a print there right now if you're in Dundee and want to see.)
► Generator Projects asked me to create a print in response to archive material from the old Seagate Printmaking Studio Archive, earlier this summer. It was for Print Festival Scotland. It was a hectic and rewarding project and I will also dedicate another blog post to this particular project. More to come!
► My Vessel #1 print got chosen for the RSA Open 2016. You can see it right now in the Royal Scottish Academy on Princes Street, Edinburgh. :)

4. Studied hard for Japanese lessons... 日本語を勉強しました。難しいです。I think I'll probably be studying it for a long time to come, but I'm having a lot of fun doing so.

Got my home studio all organised. I start many of my drawings on Photoshop, and I now love working on my clean, spacious desk. A long way from the shabby children's desk that I used to use, haha. It is really amazing what your work space can do for your productivity and motivation. There's still a lot I want to do with regards to studio space, but with the way I work, a clean starting point free of distractions is vital. I even did some cable management, although it partially fell down just before I took this photograph. Sigh.

6. Worked on Risograph and monoprint research/development in the DCA Print Studio. amongst other stuff, I've taught several zine/riso classes this year, and we have lots more planned for the future. ♥ I have been working there a lot lately, and it's always fun.

7. Travel.
At the start of the year Paul and I set ourselves the goal of seeing a lot more, even if it was 'just' within Scotland. We have a lot of beauty all around us. It's so important to leave your work behind every so often (even if you love it!). It's a lot of fun! This past year a lot of friends have been through really tough situations in their work environment. My heart really does go out to anybody feeling bad purely because of work. It's important to take what breaks you can manage, as your health should always be a priority (in an ideal world) ♥

I think I will also post separately about our adventures this year, as this post is getting a little long. More to come...

Whew, that was actually a lot! If you are feeling like you haven't done much in the past year, I recommend you sit down and write down everything you can remember. Even if the things you've done seem insignificant, or you don't think it will sound interesting enough. I guarantee that you will surprise yourself.