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 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
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
I am very pleased to announce the release of a brand new screenprint edition in collaboration with Nelly Duff in London. This 8 colour print was produced at B&B printing studio in Sheffield and is now available both online HERE or in person at Nelly Duff
70 x 70 cm
8 colour hand – pulled screenprint
Edition of 30
Really excited to be part of this exhibition, which is opening this week at Saatchi gallery in London. For this occasion I prepared a few new paintings I’m super pleased with. Please message me if you’d like to attend the private view this Thursday.
Altered States showcases works by eight urban contemporary artists based in the UK. The artists featured in Altered States are: D.A.N.T.E., David Shillinglaw, Florence Blanchard, Kid Acne, Lily Mixe, Skeleton Cardboard, Sr.X and Victoria Villasana. The exhibition has been curated by Olly Walker.
By its nature art concerns transition and transformation. Ideas and emotions transform from impulses to physical images. Substances are transformed when rendered on surfaces, liquids become solids and colours merge. Similarly, artists find themselves living within a society that is constantly changing and presenting them with new challenges and opportunities.
The UK is home to a community of diverse artists. Some were borne in the UK and others were drawn to it; but all continue to explore artistic ideas as the nation evolves. Altered States showcases the output of a selection of British-based urban contemporary artists working today.
- ARCADIA 100 x 150cm
Opening tonight at 95B Mary street S1 4RT Sheffield 6-9p
I created a mini version of the ‘Snake Charmer’ in collaboration with the National Fairground Archive. Black on gold card, all printed by hand at B&B screenprinting studio in Sheffield this mini print is embossed, signed and numbered on the front and the edition size is 150. This print edition was physically included in exactly 100 of the very special NFA20 fine print limited edition box set. A bit like the golden ticket in the chocolate bars but with much much much more chances to get it (50/50 to be exact -there are 200 box sets). For more information about the box set please contact the NFA.
Last Thursday was great. Thanks to everyone who made it to the opening at B&B. The exhibition continues until Nov 30, on view by appointment during the week or 12-6pm on Saturdays. For any information about the work please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.