Events and Exhibitions

Karst/PCA Young Arts Club Exhibition

Last week KARST and Plymouth College of Art collaborated to run a Summer Young Arts Club across both venues. I am an alumni of the Young Arts Clubs and the Saturday Arts Club at PCA and I live really close to KARST so I was very interested to go to their exhibition on Friday.

The Club was formed of a group of 9-16 year olds and they experimented with different materials all week to make several very different pieces.

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There was a long roll of paper running along the floor and up to the ceiling covered with doodles and drawings which had been collaborated on by the whole group.  There were mini conversations and jokes along the page which felt like a journey through their thoughts.  There were jokes about teachers and a friendly argument about Fortnite.

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The participants had made block prints which they had used in repeats to make patterns.

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One of my favourites was this print of pineapples and cacti.

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I also liked this one which had been overprinted with itself to create a cool punky effect.

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Another set of projects had been to make cardboard sculptures.  In one corner of the room was this large geometric sculpture.

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This giant cardboard sculpture looked like a fort and actually there were a couple of small children sitting in the hidey holes at the bottom

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The group had also worked on smaller sculptures of buildings and trees.

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Around the room were also lots of still life drawings and portraits.  Some of them were quite abstract and others were very clear and had a close eye on detail.  I liked the difference between the shadowy figure compared to the bright background in this drawing, it made the image really pop.

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The artist’s work on these portraits embraced experimenting with different drawing techniques like stippling and continuous line.

I thought this exhibition was really good to see as it is unusual for younger artists to get the opportunity to show work in galleries outside of school projects.  We have also had a really great response to YEA Plymouth’s callout for young artists’ independent work which really shows how interested young people are in participating in arts projects and showing their work off.  I hope that these sorts of opportunities keep taking place around the city and that I can take part in creating more of them.

 

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Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

August and July zine workshop posters

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My August Zine Workshop poster

My poster design for the August zine workshop is a vegetable kebab on a pencil. I often feature pencils or scissors in my zine workshop designs to refer to the handmade DIY aspect of making zines. I went for a barbecue concept because of the heat recently, but going by the last couple of days an umbrella might have been more appropriate! If you’re interested in the workshop see the details here!

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My July Zine Workshop poster

July was International Zine Month so I made this Summer themed poster advertising that as well as the zine workshop. It is black and white to accentuate the black and white DIY photocopy style of many self-published zines.

I have started using the same header and text on the workshop posters to save time as all my work on those and the Zine Library is voluntary, and they were taking too long to make when I was personalising the header on each one. I have been so busy recently at The Clipper and organising the YEA Plymouth exhibition, as well as other illustration work, that I had to cut the time I was spending on these posters unfortunately.

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

I will be at the opening of The Clipper!

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I will be at The Clipper this week making badges, taking commissions and most importantly talking to people about YEA Plymouth our PAW 2018 project, and about the Plymouth Zine Library and zine workshops!

The Clipper is open to the public on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July from 12-6pm, and Saturday will be a Community Open Day with food, music and activities. Come down and see what is going on and have a chat to me at 65 Union Street, Stonehouse PL1 3LU!

P.S. My poster was inspired by a detail in an amazing mural in The Clipper and the sign in the window:

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Clipper mural, the inside of the building was still being worked on in this photo
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The woman in the mural who inspired my poster
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Photo of The Clipper before it was repainted from here, you can see the sign which inspired me in the top window

 

 

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Zine Workshops at Union Corner

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Some of the zines people made in June at the zine workshop

In June I started organising zine workshops again using Union Corner as my new venue for those and the zine library I curate, as it is very close to where I live and I want to support my local community resources.  (I had to take a break from the zine workshops to put my time into organising arts workshops at Plymouth Arts Centre for YEA Plymouth, which is a group I lead for young people aged 11-19).

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My poster for the June workshop

The workshop went pretty well for the first time in a new place, there were several younger people than usual because I think a lot of local students have gone away for the summer.  I am booking in the next one for later this month and I hope I can make it a regular monthly event!

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A selection from the Zine Library to browse at the workshop

I will be writing a blog soon about why I think making zines is really great for people to do, especially creative people who want to get their work out there and share it, and people who want to get their thoughts down in an interesting way, or just play with new ideas.

 

 

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

The Market at Union Corner

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Manor Street Market today

Today I took part in the monthly Manor Street Market.  Me and my family have visited for the past couple of months and there are always different stalls to check out and people to talk to, and tea, coffee, cakes and lunch inside Union Corner, which is on Union Street right next to the market.

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Me getting ready for the market to open!

At today’s market as well as my table there were stalls selling books, jewellery, glass pendants and ornaments, secondhand items, and the people from Royal Adelaide Art & Yoga selling zines, cards, prints and more.

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My brother and sister eating some lunch inside Union Corner

Union Corner is a community hub and meeting place, which has different events and groups meeting there on most days, for example for yoga, tai chi, drama, and the 100 Homes Project workshops – you can see their calendar on their website.

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Books my family bought today!

The next Market is on Sunday 19th August and I hope to have a table there too – make sure to follow Nudge Community on Instagram and Twitter to keep updated.  If you’re a local seller get in touch with them to book a table, they are also looking for musicians and street performers to create an exciting atmsophere and make the market into a regular community event.

Thanks to my dad for these photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Give Up Your Day Job, The Junction,8th July

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Poster by Daniel Eric Hamlyn

On the 8th of July, I’ll be at Give Up Your Day Job at The Junction on Mutley Plain! Give Up.. is an alternative/punk/DIY event where you can get a drink, a doughnut, and find cool artwork, clothes, books, badges, zines, and more, created by independent artists and makers including The Sad Ghost Club, Steph Parnell, Think Like Bas, Il Pleut, and Benjamin Wright! At my table I will have hand drawn greetings cards, each one is totally unique, so for the price of a regular mass produced card you can get something noone else has. I make cards featuring completely original characters as well as fan art cards in my own style.

 

Some of my ‘little dudes’ cards, each one is a unique illustration of an original character

 

I’ll also be offering hand drawn cards on commission if you want something specific and personal, including portrait and fan cards. If you don’t have my zines yet I will also have those there, full of my illustrations and comics, alongside prints and badges – and I’ll have my badgemaker there so you can even make your own badge if you like!

 

Sombra postcard, Chloe card and a commissioned portrait card

This weekend is Small Press Day so celebrate on Sunday and come down to Give Up Your Day Job, 12-5pm at The Junction, Mutley Plain, and support your local artists and small press comic creators and zinesters!

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Me at Give Up Your Day Job last November!