I am so glad I spotted a small article in the current issue of the Crafts Council “Crafts” magazine about the Big Steam Print, and even more pleased that an event was taking place on my doorstep today.
The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft came up with the inspired idea of using an old steam powered road roller to create huge relief prints. Printmaking is a particular interest of mine and as a student I did train in the ‘dark arts’ of printmaking, my own particular interest being in relief prints – lino or woodcuts. Big Steam print brings all of this out into the open air and gives the general public an opportunity to get creative and join in at a number of events around the south east and London. Find out more at on the website at http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/ The event today took place on a piece of public open space in Brighton called The Levels and was well attended, probably more people there by accident as they were enjoying an afternoon out in the park than by deliberate intention of visiting. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves with some ‘have-a-go’ tables set up for both adults and children.
The artists were busily inking up their plates ready to be printed by the huge iron beast which was breathing heavily beside the marquee.
The Big Steam Print roller waits patiently
Artists inside the marquee ink their massive lino ‘plate’ up ready to print
The end result
A set of 3 ‘plates’ are laid out to print
Paper is laid over the inked plates
Rolling the Road Roller over the plates
The printed triple print
The Road Rollers Back End!
Crowds enjoy activities at the Big Steam Print in Brighton
Unfortunately although I do have a video (filmed by Mr PP) this blog doesn’t accept video images. 😦
Big Steam Print closes on 18 June 2016 at the Ditchling Fair, and all the prints made during the event tours can be seen in an exhibition at the Phoenix Gallery in Brighton 6-21 August 2016.
Now I need to seek out our old garden roller and get some more large pieces of lino, feeling inspired, so watch this space!