The NO EVIL print series came out of a self-initiated, mini lockdown residency in my home studio.
Now available on florenceblanchard.bigcartel.com
Screen printing is such a time consuming process, with the set up taking up the majority of the time. You can easily spend several hours preparing your screens, paper and print bed only to find that once you start printing, something has gone wrong and you have to start allover again. Because of this, it is often tempting to stick with what you know and stop looking for new directions with your work.
I wanted to take advantage of the fact the world has slowed down for a moment and use this newly acquired time to explore different screen printing techniques and push my studio practice to the next level. For the past tree weeks I have allowed myself to make mistakes and to take as much time as I needed to troubleshoot and find solutions. The experience has been enjoyable and rewarding. MIZARU, KIKAZARU and IWAZARU are the three print editions to come out of this self isolation / exploration and I am trilled with the end result.
The titles refer to the three wise monkeys; a Japanese pictorial maxim embodying the proverbial principle “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. There are various meanings ascribed to the monkeys and the proverb, including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. In Buddhist tradition, the tenets of the proverb are about not dwelling on evil thoughts but represent a great motto, which can be enhanced by creative practice. Immersing myself in this challenging project has provided a great outlet to escape the pandemic madness for the time being and I’m delighted to now share these with you.
I just came back from London where I spent a week working on an indoor mural for a private commission. As the design was going to cover the entire surface of one wall, and the rest of the room being already full with art we decided to go for a limited colour palette.
Back in the summer I had the very unique experience to create a 3D installation for ITV. The piece was used to film an Ident that was shown in September as part of ITV Creates artist series. The ident is viewable in the UK on ITV’s website: https://www.itv.com/itvcreates/september/florence-blanchard
My latest commission: 180cm x 180cm, acrylic on canvas hand-made and installed in Sheffield UK.
Here is my contribution to Parisian agency Costume 3 Pieces’ annual summer show ‘TOUS A TABLE’, which took place this month. Artworks from 32 artists around the theme of dining on display in the agency’s offices + a feast.
I am excited to announce the release of my latest print edition: ‘Strawberry Thief’
Available from my online Shop: https://florenceblanchard.bigcartel.com/
40 x 40 cm
Candy pink 270 gsm Colorplan
Edition of 35
Special edition (SOLD OUT):
Hand-finished with gold leaf
46 x 46 cm
Marble effect 270 gsm Colorplan
Edition of 5
All signed, numbered and embossed at the front
Hand-printed at @bandb_editions in Sheffield UK / Worldwide shipping
New paintings and hand-printed works by Florence Blanchard & Kid Acne are currently on view at BLK BX x Trinity Leeds in a rare two person exhibition. The show, titled YES PLEASE! runs until February 24th, supported by additional prints from the B&B archives, celebrating some of the studio’s favourite collaborations and most popular graphics.
New works by Florence Blanchard & Kid Acne
February 8th – 24th
10am – 6pm (Thursday – Sunday)
BLK BX, Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion Street, LS1 5AT
It took several weeks in the making and it is my biggest print project to date (100cm x 70cm). ANAPHASE screenprint edition comes in 2 colour ways: RED or BLUE, which are respectively 8 and 6 colours super limited editions on high end 300 gsm Fabriano paper. Both were hand-printed by me in my home studio in Sheffield and are now available from Nelly Duff gallery at 156 Columbia road in East London or online HERE.
ANAPHASE BLUE: edition of 10
ANAPHASE RED: edition of 20