Emma Higgins - Printmaker

Emma Higgins - Printmaker
EmEmma Higgins - Printmakerma Higgins - Printmaker

Emma Higgins - Printmaker

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Last of the medlars...

In between the rain showers this morning, I pulled on my boots (still in my pyjamas!) and indulged in one of my Sunday morning bimbles in the garden. In just a few short blustery weeks, the last of the golden leaves have been stripped by the wind (much to my husbands frustration as he chases them with a rake...) All that is left on the medlar tree now is a smattering of stark, bobbly looking fruits that are too high to pick.

Can you spot Barry Diamond? He's not ours but this has always been his stomping ground...



Brown paper packages...

This weekend  I have been packing up some prints to send to two shops that I supply.
Dunlin and Diver in Deal, Kent   http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/dunlindiver/420213451358609?fref=ts


and Inspired by the sea - Worthing. http://www.facebook.com/#!/InspiredbytheSea?fref=ts

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Organised chaos...

These are some recent photos of my workspace. It can get quite chaotic... but it's my own little space to bimble : )

Look what the postman brought today!!

Hurrah! I have just bought a 1940's child's mangle from Ebay! It was £30 and I'm really hoping that my Father in Law will be able to tinker with it enough to enable me to use it as a mini prnting press. I've seen it done by printmaker Ed Boxall http://edboxall.co.uk/2011/06/24/my-new-mangle-printing-press/ so I'm hoping it might be worth a go. At the moment I use a wooden spoon and elbow grease to transfer my designs onto paper. I've always dreamed of having a printing press so fingers crossed this will work.

A new lino print I'm working on...

I live in a beautiful part of Devon with two long sandy beaches just five minutes walk away. I've just started work on a new print of Paignton Pier.

I'll try to photograph the different stages of making the print so that you can see how I'm getting on.

Here you can see the lino shapes that I have cut out. I've cut 5 separate pieces as I plan to use 5 different colours in the final print.

 I have started by printing the sky using grey and then pure blue mixed with white.
Next I've added the sea in a darker blue...
                                                                           and the sand...

Here you can see I've printed the pier... just need to let it dry before I can add a mount.
 Finished and ready for sale @ http://folksy.com/items/3893438-Pier-lino-print-

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Whoop!... time to pick the medlars

We are very lucky to have a beautiful Medlar tree that grows in front of our cottage. It dates from 1857 and has a Preservation Order on it. Come November the leaves are a golden yellow and the Medlar fruits are ready to pick.
I took these photos first thing this morning... I love the autumnal colours. A fresh blue sky and sunshine!
This is a photo of the actual fruits, We have a bumper crop this year because we have had so much rain. Today's job is to pick them from the tree. After that they need to be stored until they have 'bletted' which is a posh word for the rotting process- sounds dubious I know, but they need to 'blet' before you can use them!
 Medlars are from the rosehip family and have a wonderfully, distinctive taste. We plan to use them to make wine again like we did last year, it was the first time we had ever made wine and we were astonished to find that it was delicious! I also made medlar jelly which also tasted great but was an almighty faff to make so I'll give it a miss this year. I recently found a recipe for medlar liquor which sounds like it might be worth a go!
This is a photo of the medlar tree in summer with my husband in the deckchair underneath.

My love of this tree and garden was the inspiration for one of my first lino prints. We moved here a year and a half ago but my grandparents lived here when I was a child so the tree has always seemed magical to me. The cottage that we live in was originally a stable that belonged to my My Great Great Grandad. He used to keep his horse called 'Tommy' in it.
This is my 'Medlar Tree' lino print. http://folksy.com/items/3213342-Medlar-tree-lino-print

My late Grandad, Michael Adams, also had a great love of this tree. As a child in the first world war he lived in a house in the next road, with a bedroom window overlooking the tree. In his later years, he wrote a novel called 'The Medlar Tree' which he described as 'An evocative love story set in South Devon.' I treasure my copy of his book.

 He died in 2002 so he didn't know that I would later move to live in his cottage. I often think of him when I'm bimbling in the garden, I'm sure he would have appreciated that we are putting the medlar fruits to good use!

The fruits of today's labour!! sorry for the pun : )

Monday, 5 November 2012

I recently made this Christmas card. You can find it here...3771590-Lino-Print-Christmas-Card-Snow-scene

This is the finished card!

                                                       You can see here how I have cut away the lino, ready to print.

These cards are drying in the conservatory.