Friday, 18 March 2016

Looking back and i just cringe!

I was chatting to someone the other day about how I started out and explained that prior to setting up Studio 61 Gallery in 2005 I had years on the craft fair circuit and doing various art shows and events.  It's when I think about those early days that I cringe as I realise now my work wasn't presented to a very good standard at all.... but it was all I knew then

I remember getting my first prints done at a local copy centre and ordered about 50.. of the same image!!

I then ordered my first mounts and, maths not being my strong point, I ended up with a 1" deep mount.  
Wilcos spring to mind

Anyway I mounted them up with sellotape (!!!) and thought they were the dogs danglies.  I realise now they weren't.   

Over time I had more printed and sold them but dread to think how they have weathered over the years.  They will have faded and even gone yellow as they were only photocopies on photocopy paper. Naff is another word that springs to mind.

I also framed some.  I laugh yet cringe as I remember the frames I put them in.  Anything I could get my hands on for not much money so I wasn't "out of pocket"  

Nowadays even my 4" x 4" mini originals are in a handmade frame.  Your work isn't "high street" so don't frame them in "high street" frames.  Good galleries won't accept them and most framers will have off cuts..worth asking.

We all have to start somewhere and then t
here was no Facebook, Twitter etc. to pick other artist's brains.  

I learnt by my mistakes, mainly costly ones, and,  to cut a long story short, was born and we now print for artists, textile artists and photographers up and down the UK

I therefore can't recommend highly enough the Get Print Ready Seminar for anyone venturing into the world of giclee printing. 

You can see all the info and book on this link

or book by emailing 

or book at the gallery (but check I am going to be in first as lot's happening at the moment)

That is why, with my artist friend Ruth Gray  was formed to help other artists and makers starting out or needing a helping hand.

We both enjoy helping others so please shout up if you see anything on our new menu that takes your fancy.. you can pick a copy of the menu from Studio 61 too... 

you can sign up to our newsletter on the website

Please don't look back and cringe too 

Karina xxxxxx

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Reach For the Skies March Fund Raising Exhibition For Air Ambulance

This month we are raising money for Air Ambulance, we have a wonderful line up of generous artists who are donating 25% to this worthy charity. Artists taking part are:

Karina Goodman, John Connolly, Valerie Dalling, Mary Smith, Martin Sloman, Alexandra Koufali, Anne Menary,  Helen Absalom, Mark Beresford, Jo Stevens, John Shiels and Connected 2015 Photographers Greg Whitton, Neil Hulme, Sean Walby.

You can meet some of the artists at the gallery on Saturday 5 March between 2 and 4

Shown above and below is work by professional Connected 2015 photographers these were first exhibited at the Patchings Art Festival  and the organiser has generously donated around 30 from other photographers  in the group so there will be three from their group each month.  

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), (previously known as County Air Ambulance before 2008), is an air ambulance service providing a helicopter emergency medical service to the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.

DLRAA attend over 1000 missions a year - each mission costing around £1700. They provide the best possible pre-hospital care & rapid transport to specialist hospitals, to those suffering serious injury and illness. DLRAA receive no Government funding, relying solely on donations.

Sister services DLRAA and Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, (WNAA)together now cover more than 3,850 square miles, looking after many of the UKs major road networks including the M1, M6, M69 and M42. With an average response of just 13 minutes, between them they attend on average 6 missions a day.

You may well have seen them in the skies above you. They have saved thousands of lives in our community. We need your help to save thousands more.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance Registered charity number 1098874

The Gallery is open:
Tuesday to Saturday 10 - 5 Wed by appoint only.
 STUDIO 61 Leashaw, Holloway, Nr Matlock DE4 5AT