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Your Xmas card 2016.

I don’t much care for Christmas but I do love sending Christmas cards. It’s good to keep in touch, to send art, and to afford the time and materials to do so.

This year’s card is a tree printed on brown card (made from trees, oh the cannibalism). It’s a linocut, as explained in the comic I made to send out with each card. 

Each year’s list of addressees gets longer as people’s families grow, which is a nudge to remember that every Christmas card is someone’s first. So showing the process matters, especially if it’s a printing process other than a commercial computer printout. 

As I get further into the world of printmaking I must remember to keep explaining the process – which of course applies to academic work too, innit. Christmas holidays are a good time to hunker down with the PhD reading pile.

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New book: Trails

Ok so it’s official.  My new book Trails: a book about travel, history, and being a slug is published.

Trails

In 2013 I travelled back to Santa Cruz, California, for a reunion with friends from my 2001-02 undergraduate exchange year at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  I also travelled on to Portland, Oregon, and to Seattle, Washington.  It was joyous.  I kept a sketchbook, and the sketchbook mutated to include some drawings, some comics, some illustrated lists of the food I ate.  The sketchbook took on a narrative structure.  I finished it and it is now a book.

Extracts from the finished book and process photos of the making of the book are over on lydw.tumblr.com.  Here some sample pages for you:

City Lights

Portland

Trails is a comic book that links to something bigger than a play-by-play of the reunion weekend and what I ate for breakfast every day. There’s something in the story of revisiting places and catching up with old friends, and the time elapsed from 2001 to 2013 is long enough for some things to have changed and other things to have stayed the same.

The first copies of Trails come came come with a free linocut (a print, an inky rollers workshop print not a computer printout print).  They’re both worth millions of pounds and were only available free with the purchase of Trails as one of two options: black ink on full-colour map, or deep red ink on black&white atlas index.

Map linocut Index linocut

The ink on (multiple copies of) both prints is currently drying, so if you’d like to order one I’ll fulfil all orders starting from 31st October 2014 when the ink’s dry.  That’s a pretty exciting buy-direct-from-the-artist offer if ever I heard one. This limited edition of prints has now run out. Let me know if you’d like me to draw in your book instead. EDIT: Don’t fear the crossed-out words – I thought I’d run out of linocuts but then tidied my workroom and found a stash.  So yes, there are linocuts!

Trails costs £8, which includes a free linocut and free UK postage.  You can buy Trails from my Comicsy online shop.  If you’d like a copy posting to outside the UK let me know, I’ll charge the additional postage at cost rate on top of the UK postage to keep things fair, like.   This will make it:

  • £8 including UK postage
  • £8+£3.67 postage for Europe
  • £8+£5.97 for the USA

and let me know where else you’d like a copy sending so I can ask at the post office.

Justin Timberlake was at the launch party, y’know. 

Here comes the technical bit, I’m sure you can cope:

67 pages black and white; full colour cover.  Perfect (soft) bound.  18cm (W) x 26cm (H).  ISBN 978-0-9574570-2-7.  First printing of 100 copies published in October 2014 by Lydia Wysocki.  Written and drawn by Lydia Wysocki.  Printed and bound in North Shields, England, by The Print People Ltd.  The cover includes extracts from The Oxford Atlas by Lewis (1951; part of map p.84), by permission of Oxford University Press.

All content is copyright Lydia Wysocki.  Please do not reproduce the content of this book (or this blog post) without my explicit written permission.  If you have a good reason for wanting to reproduce part of the content of this book then please get in touch: my email address is lydiawysocki (at) hotmail (dot) com

Oh, ok, and one more sample page:

Street Signs

(yes, they’re all real signs)

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20:20.2

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Heyyy I finished my contribution to the Hotbed Press 20:20 print exchange 2014.

This year I did a hard ground etching with machine sewing over the top.  It’s 20x20cm in size. It’s printed in black ink, sewn in red thread, on white paper.  What what, you’d like some work in progress photos?  Ok then:

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It’s called Pretford Wives because I had a cuppa in Pret a Manger one lunchtime and thought I’d draw a cup or something, but oh no then I was horrified by how all the career girls looked all shiny and the same so I drew them on an etching plate instead.

Participating in last year’s print exchange was awesome.  I contributed 25 etchings of this fella, called Can I Touch Your Beard?

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5 of them now belong to print galleries and 20 of them now belong to other artists.  In return I received a 20x20cm pizza box filled with 20 prints:

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These two were my favourites:

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Top one is called ((1+1)x2+1)x2 squared by Boon.  Bottom one is by Maria del Pilar Morales Caanano at Belfast Print Workshop.  Ah, the perils of incompletely-labelled prints.

So yeah.  I like swapping and I like printing and I like pizza boxes.  I have three 20x20cm proofs of Pretford Wives that I’ll gladly swap for any reasonable offer of a swap.  I’ve done an edition of 10 of Pretford Wives on 8″x6.5″ paper  for sale (9 left as of 29th August 2014, £25 including UK postage, international postage at cost price on top of that).

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High fives to Hotbed Press for organising the print exchange overall and to Northern Print for organising participation from me and other studio members.

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Preparing coffee

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Guess what guess what guess what guess what oh I’d better just tell you then.

Pink Lane Coffee in Newcastle, delightfully caffeinated coffee-heads that they are, are hosting a bijou* exhibition of original ink drawings from my booook, Celebrity Homes. ‘Original’ as in one-off, drawn by my hands, there’s only one of each drawing, there are no prints, no you can’t have it in a choice of colours and sizes and does it match the upholstery.

The best that could happen is that I hang the pictures, the Pink Lane Coffee staff and customers have new pictures at which to look at upon, everybody learns something about houses and celebrities**, maybe some people buy books, maybe some people buy pictures, everybody drinks coffee and leaves slightly happier than before.

Preparing coffee

The worst that could happen is that I get overexcited about having an exhibition and decide to DRINK ALL THE COFFEE in a faintly ridiculous attempt to calm down, then bounce off the very walls upon which I’m supposed to be hanging my drawings on upon alongside and wreck both the drawings and the coffee shop. This is, sadly, a very real danger***.

Uh, yeah. The exhibition begins on Wednesday 29th May 2013. Here’s my brand new tumblr, too.

And I’ve gotten myself some fancy not-very-businesslike business cards for the occasion oooooooh.

Card trick

*small and awesome
**celebrities as in awesome people. Not the losers in this week’s trash magazines.
***but if anyone from Pink Lane Coffee is reading this, please be assured that I’m a very sensible person and promise not to break your very hip coffee shop.

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