A different kind of Christmas Market

Lynda Wilson Artist at Makeshift, Out of the Blue Drill Hall
Lynda Wilson Artist at Makeshift, Out of the Blue Drill Hall

The Christmas market at Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Edinburgh was a bit of an experiment where the makers just dropped off their sales items for the staff to display and sell on their behalf. Visitors had to book a slot in advance so it wasn’t certain that enough people would sign up to make it worthwhile. In fact it was a sell out!

The yellow print top left went off to a new home and lots of other pieces were sold. A great idea by Out of the Blue staff for negotiating the current situation.

Christmas Market

Monoprint
Monoprint

I’ll be selling my prints – screenprints and monoprints – and note cards and postcards at Makeshift – Exhibition and Sale, at Out of the Blue, Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh on Saturday 12 December 10-6. Entry £2. Bookable time slots through Eventbrite.

Artisan goods, ceramics, prints, jewellery and gifts by local makers. Drill Hall cafe serving delicious food, hot spiced drinks and traditional festive treats.

More info herehttp://outoftheblue.org.uk

Christmas gifts

I’m missing being able to sell and chat to customers at my usual Christmas fairs. Check out my shop page and you’ll find prices start at £15 for prints and £13 for books. Still time to order and receive in time for Christmas!

Boats in Harbour screenprint edition of 10
Boats in Harbour screenprint edition of 10 21x29cm image and paper size £15 inc UK p&p

Learning new techniques

Lynda’s printmaking course is going well and still happening in the real world, with lots of anti-Covid precautions being taken. This term is mostly about learning different printing methods with some thoughts as to how to develop ideas over the whole year.

Here is a woodcut – the firsts woodcut Lynda has ever made!

Lynda also screenprinted some fabrics at a recent workshop with Blessed Unrest artist Lorna Brown at Out of the Blue Studios in Abbeyhill, Edinburgh. Some were made into small bags.

A new venture

Lynda has started a year long printmaking course at Leith School of Art. She’s using it to enhance her practical skills and to challenge her ideas about what printmaking can be, beyond her present practice. Despite Covid, it has been possible to have a ‘real’ course.

She has also returned to Edinburgh Printmakers where she has resumed her screenprinting projects.

Pentland Hills Coronavirus Lockdown Monoprint Lynda Wilson 2020

Upright Gallery Edinburgh – Coming Up for Air

31st to 21st August 2020

Lynda built a new studio in the garden earlier this year and has been using it to the full during the Covid-19 lockdown, mostly producing prints and artist books from reference sketches she made during past outings to Hastings and Dungeness or on her daily walks in the nearby Pentland Hills to the south of the city.

The lockdown period brought new printing experiments. A small press and a small screen were used to make mono prints, linoprints plus screenprints using paper stencils rather than photographic methods as there was no access to sophisticated equipment.

Artists’ books are folded sketches made in the hills, folded prints or books made online. The paintings include an element of print. The main subject matters are the coast and the hills.

Review :

Book Market 2020

Artists Book Market 2020

As part of the collective Bound:Unbound I was at Custom Lane in Leith last March for the Fruitmarket Gallery’s annual celebration of book culture. Unfortunately the remainder of this year’s artist book markets have been cancelled.