I’ve been spending the last two days cutting out flowers for a private commission. It’s going to be very colourful!
This is the latest collage, based on geometry using pages from a 1958 and a 1968 copy of Paris Match. These works are definitely inspired by my love of the Bauhaus movement, I think they’d make lovely textile designs. I named it ‘Ping’ because someone had written the word in pencil, on one of the pages.
I will be showing this collage at the East London Design Show, starting this Thursday. It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to show my own work, for the past seven years my attention had been focused on the retail space on Columbia Road. However, after a couple of months at the new studio I am getting into my creative flow and enjoying the results. I’m loving the simplicity of the geometry and the subtle colours and tones that I find in the vintage magazines.
I completed this collage yesterday, I seem to be getting slower, always so much to do. For this artwork I used a copy of Paris Match from the 4th of May 1968. I was born in November 1968 so it’s one of my favourite years, and these are some of my favourite colours. I’ve just put it up for sale here.
These etchings are now available online again. You can buy the set, or individual seasons at www.elphicksshop.com.
On Friday I went to the ‘drop in’ etching class at the Prince’s Drawing School in Shoreditch. A customer had ordered the full set of my seasonal ‘Tree’ etchings, so I had the pleasure of spending the day printing in the basement of Charlotte Road. I love the drawing school and I’ve been going there on and off since 2008. It’s always really nice to see what other people are working on, the artist Sam Marshall was printing there too, check out her work here.
It’s a real labour of love, especially if you’re a perfectionist like me! I’m pleased to say that I printed one of each season, and thought I’d share some photo’s of the process.
This new piece looks like one of my old works from the 90’s. My love of high-rise architecture continues, with a stripe made from architectural details. This piece uses a vintage magazine rather than photographs that I’ve taken. I bought a collection of ‘Domus’ magazines from Spitalfields Antique Market, and this collage is made from edition 572 from 1977. It’s available to buy at www.elphicksshop.com