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
Thanks Jealous screenprinting studio / gallery for inviting me to paint their rooftop. Sunshine and good vibes.
Long time since my last post! I’m now on Instagram as well @FlorenceEmagram please join me!
Many news to come but for now: I’m participating to ‘Eurotopia‘ at La Escocesa in Barcelona – a fanzine launch and exhibition curated by Zosen, which opens on April 18. For the occasion I made a new Dropman print edition at B&B gallery.
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.
Just this week opened MARVELOSA a new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of The National Fairground Archive. 5 artists including myself were commissioned to work around material available at the archive. MARVELOSA is on view until January 8 2015 at The Western Bank Library at The University Of Sheffield. It’s been an absolute pleasure working on this. More info here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/library/exhibition/marvelosa
The Snake Charmer – Hand-finished 3 colour screenprint on Somerset paper
Other artists involved in this project: Anthony Bennett, Mark Copeland, Sarah Munro, Paul Evans, Pete McKee, Zoe Beloff.