Monday, February 17, 2014

Alladin and Carnival 2014 show at 101 Art Gallery


Some of my work will be in 101 Art Gallery's Carnival 2014 show from February 20 to March 13.

The main show at the gallery is 45 works by M. P. Alladin (1919 -- 1980), paintings and drawings from the 1940s that were in his studio when he died. I caught a glimpse of them last week and they are just beautiful, a rare experience. I hope the National Museum buys a good few so that the people of Trinidad and Tobago can enjoy them in perpetuity. Not to be missed. A print-on-demand book would be great too!


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Monday, February 10, 2014

Improved screen drying box

Referring to the post Drying an emulsion-coated screen, the box described there worked well except for one thing: the front flaps need to be taped closed after the screen is put inside, before the box is covered with heavy cloth. The trouble is, the tape didn't stick to the cardboard for long. A good deal of new tape was needed each time. So I've modified the box, as follows:

Photo 1: Sticky Back Velcro
I cut some small tabs of canvas and glued them to the box with white glue and let it dry overnight. Then I cut a strip of self-adhesive Velcro (Photo 1) and applied one side to the canvas tab and the other side to the corresponding position on the box when the flap is closed. Photo 2 shows the tabs folded back, with one half of the Velcro adhered. Photo 3 shows the tabs closed. They secure the front flaps neatly and quickly. They don't exclude all light however so the front of the box still needs to be covered with a heavy dark cloth.

Photo 2: Tabs folded back showing Velcro strips in place
Photo 3: Showing how the tabs close the front flaps

Monday, February 3, 2014

Two journal pages

Continuing the "news" journal with photos clipped from the newspaper  --

Mary Adam journal page January 2014 "Intractable"
January 2014, Intractable

Mary Adam journal page Jan 2014, Pre-Carnival
January 2014, Pre-Carnival
This (20-page) journal is now full except for the last page. I haven't decided yet whether to continue in a new one, may well do so, in which case I would make up the book first. Other than that I'm clearing my studio, throwing some things out and shifting things around in preparation for a lot of work in the coming months.