Monthly Archives: February 2016

Wuon-Gean Ho | The Royal Mint Shengxiào Collection — Year of the Monkey 2016.

We are rather proud to mention that our extremely talented keyholder member Wuon-Gean Ho has created a coin for The Royal Mint Shengxiào Collection to celebrate wonderful Chinese traditions in a unique fusion of Chinese and British heritage. For 2016, artist Wuon-Gean Ho has created a dynamic design capturing the energy and agility of the quick-witted, sociable monkey, for the Lunar Year of the Monkey.

Wuon-Gean Ho is an artist and printmaker who has designed the Year of the Horse and Year of the Sheep coins as well as 2016’s Year of the Monkey. She looked at several videos of monkeys in action as research for her coin design, settling for a Rhesus monkey to work into her final design because of their elegance and intelligent nature.

Linocut is Wuon-Gean Ho’s preferred medium when working on new projects, she uses a special Japanese vinyl rather than a regular lino which is “a great medium for doing dynamic shapes and forms, and graphic silhouettes.”

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The Royal Mint Shengxiào Collection

An Illustrated Talk by Edward Twohig on The Joys of Collecting, Creating and Living with Original Prints

Join us on Tuesday 23rd February at ELP for an illustrated talk by Edward Twohig on ‘The Joys of Collecting, Creating and Living with Original Prints.’ Twohig is a practicing intaglio printmaker and a collector of original prints. He trained at the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork before specialising in etching at Chelsea College of Art, London where he was the first student from Ireland to receive a British Council Scholarship.

Collecting prints can be an obsession, indeed a way of life. Printmaker, director, curator and connoisseur; Edward Twohig started young. Aged 22 he purchased “St Eustace” by Durer, 14 Durer’s later his love of printmaking has certainly not diminished and spills into all the main mediums and styles. He is bravely going to bring along some examples from his 7,000+ collection for us to see and intends to explain his collecting journey with some amusing anecdotes.

In his own practice Twohig is a firm believer in Ruskin’s maxim “You will never love art well until you love what she mirrors better.” Taking his inspiration directly from nature, he then distils the essence of the places that resonate with him through painting, photography and particularly drypoint etching, which is especially suited to his fluent mastery of line. His etchings, while acknowledging the influence of Blake, Ravilious and Samuel Palmer in particular, are a vital and sustained contribution to the English pastoral tradition in their own right. Edward Twohig’s work is represented by a Eames Fine Art in Bermondsey, London.

Twohig currently combines his art practice with his role as Director of Art at Wellington College.

RSVP to the talk here, limited spaces.


Above: Picasso, “Vollard Suite”, line etching, c.1932

Above: John Craxton, “Poetic Landscape” coloured lithograph, 1945.

Above: Rembrandt, “The Three Trees”, etching & drypoint, 1642

Above: Jeffery Edwards, “The Cortina of Dr Calaigari” screenprint, 1991.

Above: Sir Francis Seymour Haden, PPRE, “The Boat House” drypoint from observation, 1877.

Above: Roy Lichtenstein, “Haystacks # 3”, lithograph, 1969.

Above: Middleton Todd, “Jean Caught In A Moment In Time”, drypoint, 1942.

Above: Edward Twohig, “Evening’s Allegro”, etching and aquatint, 2015.

Read more about Edward Twohig here.
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Just Got Made Weekender | 27th—28th February 2016

Explore, learn, connect and discuss at this year’s Just Got Made Weekender which is celebrating the UK’s Maker Revolution. This two day show includes exciting craftspeople, micro-manufacturers and material specialists from around Britain, who will be showing off their skills, giving insight into their chosen professions and selling unique and original work. From heritage leatherworking to digital fabric printing, jewellery design to letterpress printing, the Weekender is a chance to meet like-minded maker enthusiasts and explore areas of contemporary making you may not have encountered before.


Join the fun and creative drop-in workshops, exciting demonstrations, insightful talks and delicious refreshments.

Professional makers can benefit from tips and Q&As in free business advice sessions, taught by experts including The Design Trust, The Crafty Fox Market and the Crafts Council Talent Development Programme. There will be an informal networking breakfast on Sunday, which is a great way to meet new production partners and collaborators.


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Where: Somerset House
When: 11am – 5pm, 27 and 28 February 2016
Cost: £5 day ticket, £7.50 both days.
Book: here.

Exhibitors confirmed so far:
Sugru / I Make Knots / East London Printmakers / K&K Quilting Machines / Bespoke Laser / Pinegrove Leather / Printall Studios / Print Me Pretty / London Sculpture Workshop / London Workshop Network / Inky and the Beast / Jacqueline Colley / Muva Design / Penelope Cream / Lara Gorlach

Free Advice Sessions:
Grow your Design Business in 2016Crafts Council Development Team
How to Sell at Craft MarketsSinead Koehler, Founder Crafty Fox Markets
Funding, Grants and Cash for Makers!Jo Bradshaw, Advisor
Manufacturing as a Creative PersonHelen Kemp, Founder Just Got Made
Topic to be confirmedPatricia Acker, The Design Trust
Pitch to the Press – expert tbc

Special events:
Panel Discussion: Who are our Artisans Now? Saturday 27th February, 5.30 – 6.30pm
Saturday Private View and Industry Party, Saturday 27th February, 7pm – 10pm
Makers Networking Breakfast with Design Nation, Sunday 28th February, 9.30 – 11am