InPrint are a group of visual artists and poets who specialise in collaborative work. For more about the group, please see our About page.
Joan Murray lives and works in Lowestoft, England; the most easterly town in Britain. She explores her chosen themes through a wide variety of materials. Her artistic practice includes drawing, ceramics and sculpture.
Joan’s new work demonstrates another change of direction and media. Her latest theme, inspired by her seaside home, has taken her into the colourful world of textiles.
The project is directly connected to her local environment. Her textile hangings are based on views from her beach hut. Joan uses pastel and watercolour to capture the changing light along the Suffolk coast; these notes are later translated into fabric. The work starts as a patchwork of colours, usually built up in cotton material. Layers are then added using textured fabrics, ribbons and lace. The final additions of thread work and buttons completes the hanging.
Poet Lisa D’Onofrio has recently returned to Melbourne after 17 years. She is a literature activist and literacy advocate, and is currently directing the Castlemaine Children’s Literature Festival, as well as running a literacy project for St Luke's. She has recently perfomed in Poetry Idol for the Melbourne Writers Festival. A recent poem can be seen here.
This poem wears green eye shadow, and rainbow lipstick
This poem doesn’t own a clock, but knows how one ticks
This poem says – Wham, Bam, Thank You – Sir
This poem sports politically correct faux fur
This poem drives a silver Aston Martin DB4
With fluffy dice, fat wheels and four on the floor
It’s automatic, systematic and culturally clued
This poem rhymes when it doesn’t have to
This poem gives – and gets – oral pleasure
This poem is like, yeah, you know, whatever
This poem is gold-dipped, glitter-dusted and fairy-wanded
It knows a life half lived is a whole life squandered
This poem remembers a time before cellulite
This poem’s a pacifist but loves a good fight
This poem is bound for glory, this poem
This poem salutes irony, sarkiness and farce
This poem swaps showers for long soaks in the bath
This poem eats chocolate, and doesn’t brush its teeth,
This poem swims with dolphins, in the Great Barrier Reef
This poem has a personal trainer, but only for tea
This poem wears a singlet, and watches crap TV
This poem dyes its hair, and shows off its roots
This poem stands on one leg, and plays a small flute
This poem knows
when the writer is locked, and off floats the key
It can be whatever it needs to be.
This poem can fricassee, fillet a fish and quenelle
It’s a plus sized model on the cover of Elle,
It can strip wallpaper, plumb a kitchen and re-invent
But doesn’t give a toss of rocket cos it can only afford to rent
This poem is a greenie eco freaky nerd,
Cos it knows a poem is ultimately just recycled words.
Long hours I worked, late into nights
when the milk of the moon lit my hand.
I had a team of painters with me –
bright-eyed youngsters and solid men
calm and capable with their brushes –
but it was my hand that drew the lines
that coaxed the nine orders of angels
into this church set in rippling fields.
One day, it seemed, the angels were empty
shapes; the next dawn they’d arrived
with a whisper of feathers, a hiss of silk,
on the good, strong feet I’d drawn for them.
They came clothed in scarlet feathers,
white ermine, rose damask,
smelling faintly of incense and lilies,
of palm branches and ringing steel:
Seraphim, burning red with love;
golden Cherubim, all-seeing;
green-winged Thrones, Dominions,
blue Virtues; devil-scourging Powers;
Principalities, Archangels in armour,
and Angels guarding naked souls.
All this was eight centuries ago.
but still they glow in dappled light,
listening to prayers, readings and song,
and rooks and sparrows taking flight.
This summer I was commissioned to write a poem for Art Alive in Churches, a Norfolk initiative linking churches with artistic and community projects. Did you know that Norfolk has more medieval churches and rood screens (which used to separated the chancel and altar from the nave) than any other place in the world? No: neither did I. But, full of curiosity I bowled over to the church or St Michael and All Angels at Barton Turf, to marvel at one of the best preserved rood screens in the country, and wrote a poem (below) to celebrate the painter of the angels that are depicted on the screens. It was exhibited, beside photographs of the rood screen and paintings by Maz Jackson, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
June, July and August found me working as poet-in-residence at Natural Surroundings, a small and beautiful nature reserve at Bayfield near Holt. I wrote poems, ran workshops and hosted readings in the café. A beautiful place that deserves your support.
Annette Rolston and I ran a brilliant workshop at Burlingham Hall, in which we combined poetry and print. Run over two days, most of the first was devoted to writing short pieces inspired by the setting, then these poems were combined with artwork to make prints on the second day.
The next few months are going to be busy for me. I’ll be running a Life Writing workshop as part of the COAST Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival on Wednesday 26 October from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 pm. Details from www.casaf.co.uk Early October will find me running a reminiscence project with patients of the Mile End Hospital. I’m also offering a memoir writing course in Burnham Market in October and November, on Tuesday mornings. If interested, please email me on Caroline.Gilfillan@btinternet.com
I’ve got my nose stuck into the Diary of Samuel Pepys right now as I’m drafting a series of poems about his life and his family. The poems will appear in my new collection, to be published by Hawthorn Press in 2012. I’m also working on a series of poems based on earlier flings, affairs and great loves (which could be risky, but is certainly interesting).
At Syleham bridge
light from nowhere paints
abstracts on the tree-lined river:
modern art on ancient canvas
A ladder leads into troubled water
and an empty bench waits for the right man
Not quite angel country
but rumours of a dove persist
and the bright white walls of
stand sentry for free
as needles weave summer
into patchwork veins
and the usual suspects
pretend to leave
Artist Annette Rolston has moved into the world of fashion and was featured in a full-page article in the Norwich Evening News on September 6. She is collaborating (in the spirit of InPrint) with Lizzie Wenman, a Diss girl fresh out of college, to design a collection for Norwich Fashion Week.
But she says: “I don’t feel that I have made a transition from artist to fashion designer. I regard myself as more of a textile designer, and the move into fashion is a natural development of my work.”
Their designs can be seen at Ethika at the Open Store event, during Norwich Fashion Week, on September 27. For more information, visit the Ethika website and the Norwich Fashion Week website, www.ethika.co.uk and www.en24.co.uk/nfw.
Meanwhile she and fellow InPrint artist Mike Fenton are taking part in the Waveney Springs Open Studios. They are at the Two Fish Gallery, Bridge Green Farm, Gissing Rd, Burston, IP22 5UD. Phone number is 01379 740528
Annette’s artwork is also featured in the new crafts and vintage inspired shop, Purple Door, at 7 Cobbs Yard, Diss, IP22 4EP. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone: 01379 651245.
The Modern Menagerie show, in which Annette collaborated with Di Griffiths and bookbinder Judith Ellis, has moved from the Cork Brick gallery in Bungay to the Singing Soul Gallery at Cranbrook in Kent.
Meanwhile poet Caroline Gilfillan has completed her summer as poet-in-residence in the beautiful setting of the Natural Surroundings café and gardens at Bayfield, near Holt. Among other things she is now working with InPrint poet Tim Lenton and others on a new Paston project.
The aim is to produce new poems and artwork for a second book inspired by the Paston letters and history. This will be a lower key affair than the £1000 handmade book produced three years ago and which was on show most recently at Blofield Church on September 10, but the aim is partly to look at the later Pastons as well as the Pastons in Norwich and at Oxnead. If all goes well, the new book will be on sale at Dragon Hall’s Paston Weekend in Norwich in November.
The redesigned Paston website can be found at www.pastonheritage.co.uk.
Tim is at present also involved with the Waveney and Blyth arts project, which is based on the two rivers and surrounding areas. He wrote some poems and took photographs for the Soulscape presentation at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft on September 2. He will also be judging a poetry competition.
InPrint poets and artists are still alive and active as summer draws near. You can find poet/artist Rupert Mallin involved in Open Studios with his studio colleague Martin Laurance in Norwich this weekend (June 4, 5: 10am - 5pm). Paintings, drawings, prints, cards, texts and visuals in boxes are on offer at Studio 15B, Fitt Signs, 60 - 62 Pitt Street, Norwich NR3 1DF - close to Anglia Square. Parking is available. Please text or phone 07506 845 979 or 07775 870 392 on arrival and you can be signed into the building. This is the last of three weekends.
Also this weekend there is the chance to enjoy poetry in the beautiful setting of the Natural Surroundings café and gardens at Bayfield, near Holt, where InPrint poet Caroline Gilfillan is poet-in-residence this summer. There will be featured poets and ‘open mic’ – so if you are a poet, bring something to read. Café is open beforehand for snacks and light meals, and during the event for coffee etc.
This Sunday, June 5, David North and Bob Ward are the featured poets. On July 3 it will be James Knox Whittet, and on August 7 Graham High. Natural Soundings runs on a ‘pass the hat’ basis, with a suggested minimum contribution of £2. Before each reading Caroline will lead Creative Writing Workshops. June 5, Poetry: Wildlife & Nature; July 3, Stories: The Little House in the Woods; August 7, Life Writing: Natural Memories. The workshops run from 2.30 to 4pm, £7 each or £20 for all three. Booking is essential for the workshops, in person at Natural Surroundings or via 01263 711091, 01328 855545 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.BURLINGHAM HALL
Caroline is also involved in a unique two-day workshop to be held at Burlingham Hall in rural Norfolk, on Thursday, June 16 and Friday June 17, 10am - 4pm each day. The unique location features a walled garden, chickens and beehives, which is poetry in itself. Spend the first day with Caroline, creating poetry and capturing the moment. How often do we just drift along paying little attention to what is around us? Using simple exercises and exploring different forms we’ll draft some poems that catch what often slips past unnoticed.
Then the following day create exciting mixed media prints and large greetings cards that incorporate your poetry. Combine the techniques listed below, using a portable etching press and professional equipment under the guidance of tutor and InPrint artist Annette Rolston. This is a fascinating way to build up your own individual printed creations incorporating words. Create engraved stencils, or carve a linocut image to make a stamp. Print beautiful impressions of leaves, feathers and grasses. Use collage techniques by glueing text and found images.Add background colour to your prints with ink rolling and spongeing techniques. Add extra text by writing through transfer paper that you make yourself! Each day enjoy a fabulous homemade lunch, with homemade cakes for refreshments too. If you book online there is a discount, £165 for the two days (reduced from £180). Click on the link below to see details, images and book a place.
A MODERN MENAGERIEAnnette
is also one of three painters/printmakers who have an exhibition at the Cork Brick Gallery in Bungay for a month starting on June 10. The other two are Diane Griffiths and Georgina Warne, and the exhibition is entitled A Modern Menagerie. The gallery is at 6 Earsham Street, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1AG, phone 01986 894873, and it is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-5.30pm.
Meanwhile, the Paston Project continues, and plans are being made for a weekend at Blofield Church in September and a week at Dragon Hall, Norwich, in November. InPrint artist Annette will be involved with both, running workshops with InPrint poets Tim Lenton and with Caroline. Tim is meeting with the Dragon Hall representative and with Lucy Care, Paston Heritage Society co-ordinator, next week to progress plans.
Bit late, but in the interests of thoroughness I should report that two InPrint poets read together at an evening of poetry and music in Lowestoft at the end of January. Tim Lenton and Rupert Mallin were on the bill at the Seagull Theatre for an informal and intimate evening introduced by Ian Fosten. They each performed a number of poems in two slots – though Tim nearly got omitted second time round when the order was rejigged. Perhaps Ian was trying to tell him something! A similar evening is being organised for around Easter, though no details are available yet.
(Oh yes they are. In the event Rupert was unable to attend, but Tim read again on Easter Sunday.)