Mary Hayes

Exhibiting

Wow what a beautiful gallery! Full of light and air. ArtCore have created a very special space and they were incredibly supportive throughout the process.  The exhibition was carefully curated by Chris Wright and Jackie Berridge there was a lively preview and many visitors over two weeks.  The liv...
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Going Large

Linda Duvall said “I’d love to see that work bigger” which prompted me to talk to my course tutor about how to proceed. She suggested that I could buy a roll of Wenzhou paper to work onto.  It is a Chinese made, very thin, very strong almost translucent paper.  For a large board ...
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Success!!

The proper ‘lye’ chemical arrived in the post. The soda I had tried to use before was a carbonate – I guess less aggressive for the home situation. So once again I got outside with safety goggles, thick protective gloves, a facemask and an apron that covered my working clothes.  H...
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Trying to etch lino at home

Sometimes it’s easy. Other times it seems that you will never manage anything.  This week I tried to use the method of etching lino using caustic soda. I put on protective clothing. I had already bought the goggles, mask and gloves, got a clean glass jar and an OLD teaspoon, and studied the r...
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Collage

It’s harder than it looks. Collage I mean. First attempts were just a mess.  For instance, this awful, too busy example – I started by making too many ink marks, tried to add larger solid areas but then in desperation put other shapes on as well.  Looking at it dispassionately (sort of...
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Layering is difficult

On the amazing course I’m attending, we are doing layering now.  Layering prints on top of other prints, or collaging or adding tissue or stencilling colour on top. Well it’s all supposed to be about having fun….and it is mostly.  I love experimenting with different tools, varyin...
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Is Your Studio Tidy?

My studio is not ideal but I’m lucky to have one at all. It has plenty of daylight and faces north/south. There is storage and shelves and a work surface – even a place to store clean large sheets of paper. My problem is myself.  I sometimes take out pieces of equipment to use in [&hell...
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Interesting Marks

I like the gaps in the lines produced by a previous print This tool produced different weights of line and dots as well   Delightful swirls full of movement Swirly free marks made with a different tool   Scratchy lines with a soft undertone in the background    ...
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What influences you as an artist?

I made my choices. SOOOOO hard. I chose items from my life that I still own.  They all related to art and design but with one exception were not fine art.  My choices included a few from 1930s with mainly German influences and some related to modern technology.  Some clever people chose paintings...
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