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Tree Portraits at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Two pictures, Ilex Aquifolium and Fagus II, from the Tree Portraits series, a collaborative project between Emma Buckmaster and Janet French have been selected for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016.

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Ilex Aquifolium

This year there is a special emphasis on artists who work together. The BBC have been filming Janet and Emma’s journey through the selection process for their programme, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which was broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday 11th June.

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Fagus II

Tree Portraits are a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper made from the trees own leaves. The leaves of each tree behave differently and the process is one of continuous experimentation. The leaves are collected and after a prolonged process of soaking and boiling, delicate sheets of paper are created using only the natural constituents of the leaves to bind them together. Whilst the paper is still damp the etched image is printed onto the leaves from a steel plate using a traditional etching press.

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Janet and Emma met at The Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop and have been working together on this project for the last five years. More information on the Tree Portraits can be found on Janet and Emma’s websites:

www.janetfrench.co.uk
www.emmabuckmaster.com

The RA Summer Exhibition runs from 13th June – 21st August 2016.
The Royal Academy
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD
www.royalacademy.org.uk

Art at the Six Bells – Janet French

Art at the Six Bells is a new art venture at Horringer Six Bells, a delightful country restaurant located near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. In the restaurant each month they will be showcasing the work of one artist. The first featured artist is Janet French, whose work will be on display in the restaurant from 10th December 2015 to 14th January 2016.

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Janet French, Summer Evening, screenprint on handmade beech leaf paper

The preview evening is on Thursday 10th December at 6.30pm. There will be complimentary drinks and canapés and a short introduction from Janet about her work. Restaurant bookings can be made from 7.30pm. Tables can be booked online: www.horringersixbells.co.uk

If you would like to attend the special preview event at Horringer Six Bells, you will first need to request a free ticket by contacting Six Bells: http://www.horringersixbells.co.uk/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=28047

Janet French:
The ideas and images in my current work are drawn from trees and the spiritual impact of light seen through trees. I use a variety of printmaking mediums including linocuts, woodcuts, Japanese woodcut, screenprint and etching on to handmade paper which I create using leaves and fibres gathered from the local fields and woodlands on which my images are based.

The varied surfaces I am working on require different printmaking methods and I aim to create a symbiosis between print and paper by, for example, allowing the textured surface to break through the image or employing the translucent quality of the leaves by printing on the reverse and allowing the image to show through.

Art at the Six Bells – Janet French
10 December 2015 to 14 January 2016

Preview Event: 10 December 2015 at 6:30pm

Horringer Six Bells
The Street
Horringer
Bury St. Edmunds
Suffolk
IP29 5SJ
Tel: 01284 735551

www.janetfrench.co.uk

www.horringersixbells.co.uk

Artists in ARTWORKS: Janet French: My work explores the fragile symbiotic relationship between man and the natural environment…

Artists in the ARTWORKS exhibition 2015: Janet French

Winter Light III

Winter Light III

My work explores the fragile symbiotic relationship between man and the natural environment. I work in tune with nature to create work that is testimony to…

Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, small paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, large range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

Art in Action : Janet French and Emma Buckmaster collaborative Tree Portraits’ etchings project

Artworks artist Janet French and Emma Buckmaster will be at Art in Action 2014 from 17-20th July demonstrating the collaborative project that they have been working on. ‘Tree Portraits’ are a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper made from the trees’ own leaves.

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Fagus
Etching on Beech leaves

The newest addition to the series, Fraxinus Excelsior, an etching of an ash tree printed on to ash leaf paper, was shortlisted for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. It will be on display in the ‘Best of the Best’ exhibition at Art in Action.

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Fraxinus Excelsior
Etching on Ash leaves

Over the last 36 years, Art in Action, held at Waterperry Gardens, Oxford, has created a new sort of art show and now attracts around 25,000 visitors. The public comes to Art in Action, not just to see works of art, but to see the art of creating art. Janet and Emma will be working in the Printmaking marquee. For further information please visit www.artinaction.org.uk.

The Tree Portraits will also be exhibited at the Artworks Annual Exhibition in September 2014 and can be viewed on Janet and Emma‘s websites.

www.janetfrench.co.uk
www.emmabuckmaster.com

Art in Action 2014
Thursday 17 July to Sunday 20 July 2014. Open 10.00am – 5.30pm each day
Waterperry House
Waterperry
Near Wheatley
Oxfordshire
OX33 1JZ

At ARTWORKS today Janet French printmaker, prints trees on leaves

Today, Saturday 21 September 2013, Artworks artist Janet French will be demonstrating printmaking and creative papermaking in the Artworks exhibition.
Janet French : Printing Trees on Leaves


Janet French says of her recent work, which is in the Artworks exhibitionI have been exploring the spiritual impact of the effect of light seen through trees. The images are produced using a variety of printmaking methods and are printed onto papers I have created using the leaves and fibres of local woodland species, for example beech, nettle and oak.


See Janet French in the gallery today, from 10.15 am – 4.30 pm.
Stay tuned to the Artworks blog for daily Artworks exhibition news and updates, as a different artist will be demonstrating in the Artworks exhibition every day.
The Artworks annual exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to see and buy new and original contemporary work by some of East Anglia’s most inspired and creative artists. Read more about the Artworks artists.
7 – 29 September 2013
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ
The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. 
We also have a shop selling artists’ limited edition prints, unframed work, greetings cards and postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments. We hope you will enjoy your visit to Artworks!

Ten Artworks artists in Ad Libitum Art Exhibition

More exhibition news on the Artworks blog!

Ten Artworks artists (past & present) have paintings currently on show at the stunning venue, The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds this November. The exhibition is called Ad Libitum, in reference to artists having a ‘free hand’ in their work.

All the work in the exhibition is new to Artworks, having not been exhibited in any previous Artworks exhibitions. The light & space of the upstairs gallery is a wonderful backdrop to everyone’s work – we hope you will visit if you are in the area!

The nine Artworks artists featured in this show are: Mike Ashley, Gillian Crossley-Holland, Helen Dougall, Helen Du Feu, Janet French, Jazz Green, Eleonora Knowland, Marianne Koby-Johnson, Katie Millard and Gabrielle Stoddart.

Some exhibition photographs will be posted shortly. The exhibition, Ad Libitum, runs from 29th October to 28th November 2012 (full details below).

29 October – 28 November 2012
Charter Square
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 3BA (SatNav)
Open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm

Janet French : Deckchair art on show at Hospice

Artworks artist Janet French was recently invited to the St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich for a special viewing of the deckchair design she created for the Suffolk Coastal Deckchairs project.

Suffolk Coastal Deckchairs was a fundraising project in 2010 featuring over 40 deckchairs designed by invited celebrities and local artists to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice. The charity deckchair auction raised £35,000 for the Hospice.

Artist Janet French with Jane Petit, Chief Executive of St Elizabeth Hospice

When Janet French submitted her deckchair canvas design for the fundraising Suffolk Coastal Deckchairs Project in 2010, a campaign was launched at St Elizabeth Hospice to get enough donations to keep the deckchair at the Hospice for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers to enjoy.

Chief Executive of the Hospice Jane Petit hosted Janet French for the special viewing and gave her a tour of the Hospice, including the deckchair in situ, before sitting down to join the Larch Group celebration.

Janet French’s deckchair canvas

Janet French’s deckchair canvas mirrors an aerial view of the Hospice garden and it is currently on show in the Day Unit at St Elizabeth Hospice.

Janet French is a printmaker whose work explores the fragile symbiotic relationship between man and the natural environment.

www.janetfrench.co.uk

About St Elizabeth Hospice

St Elizabeth Hospice provides palliative care by improving life for people living with a progressive illness.

Their work is centred around an individual’s needs, which means specialist support, wherever it is required, whether at home, in the community or at the Hospice.

They help people deal with problems such as pain, anxiety and fatigue, as well as offer practical advice and family support.

The Hospice is an independent charity which provides its services free of charge. The Hospice currently has fifteen charity shops throughout Suffolk and a distribution centre in Ipswich. The funds raised through the shops enable St Elizabeth Hospice to continue to provide services free of charge to the local community.

www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk

A collaboration in art & nature: Janet French & Emma Buckmaster

Artworks artist Janet French has recently begun an exciting collaborative art project with another artist, the printmaker Emma Buckmaster.

Quercus, Fordham, etching on oak leaf handmade paper

The aim of this project is to produce a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper created from the trees’ own leaves. Once completed, the delicate prints are trapped between two sheets of glass and framed to allow light to enhance the fine details of the image and the translucent quality of the leaves.

Five tree ‘portraits’ have now been completed and they are currently on show, together with other new work by Janet and Emma, at The Assembly House in Norwich, Norfolk.

Noverre Gallery
Assembly House
Theatre Street
Norwich
NR2 1RQ

The exhibition runs from Friday 2nd December 2011 to Monday 2nd January 2012, open Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm.

Tilia, Braxted, etching on Lime leaf handmade paper

The flowers of the Common Lime have a narcotic effect on bees which may be found asleep under the tree.  The branches are full of mistletoe and the leaves have been used to make the paper on which the tree portrait is printed.

Emma and Janet currently co-Chair the Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop in Sudbury, Suffolk.

For further details on their work you can visit Janet and Emma’s websites:

www.janetfrench.co.uk

www.emmabuckmaster.com

Artworks Prize Draw: Trees & Nature

Welcome to another online preview of six more mini artworks from the Janette Place Artworks Prize Draw, currently on display in the Artworks 12th annual art exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn. The Prize Draw tickets are just £2 each.

This selection of art focuses on trees & nature with original artworks by: Mike Ashley, Bernard Baker, Virginia Wright, Gillian Crossley-Holland, Janet French and Anne Hart.

Mike Ashley

Bernard Baker
Virginia Wright
Gillian Crossley-Holland
Janet French
Anne Hart

The ‘Janette Place’ Mini Artworks Prize Draw takes place on Saturday 1st October 2011 at 4pm. Prize Draw tickets are on sale at just £2 each throughout the duration of the Artworks exhibition – just enquire at the reception desk. All the mini artworks are original works of art!

The Artworks Prize Draw provides funding for Artworks work with local schools, with a proportion of the draw proceeds going to a nominated charity. In 2011 we are supporting the Bradfield Green Oak Centre project run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

The Artworks 12th annual art exhibition runs from 10 September – 2 October 2011, open daily from 10am to 5pm, at the beautiful location of Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP30 9JG.

Entry to the Artworks exhibition is free, there is ample parking with full disability access (two wheelchairs are also available if required). There is also the very popular Artworks Shop selling small paintings, original prints & drawings, ceramics, sculpture and glassworks, in addition to an extensive selection of artists’ postcards & greetings cards.

Follow any of the links to the right to find out more about Artworks.

Take five with… printmaker Janet French

This week, the Artworks blog has a ‘take five’ chat with artist printmaker Janet French. Janet’s artistic process & practice is concerned with nature and the environment:

‘My work explores the fragile symbiotic relationship between man and the natural environment. I work in tune with nature to create work that is testimony to my interaction with materials, conditions, seasons and weather.’

Janet French, Fagus Diptych – Part One, 62cm x 62cm

Nature, landscape and the environment seems to be a strong theme in much contemporary art. In your own work, you use natural materials such as beech leaves to create handmade paper which you then use to print on.

Are there any contemporary artists that you particularly admire?
Environmental artists like Chris Drury, Richard Long and David Nash most interest me because I share the desire to work with the available materials in the environment.

Chris Drury, Mushroom Circle, 1995 © Chris Drury
How do you generate or develop ideas for your own art?
My ideas often come from unexpected sources. A few years ago I joined a group of London artists in an exhibition in Bethnal Green. The common theme among the group was ‘earth’ and I decided to look at satellite images to see what earth could be seen in the area of the gallery. This sparked a continuing fascination with aerial views. Other ideas simmer away for years, occasionally rising to the surface but never quite resolving in to finished work.

Janet French,  Bethnal Green, 54cm x 56cm

Could you describe your art studio?
My studio space is a converted garage. It is full of bags and buckets of leaves and fibres in various stages of papermaking production. I have a small table top printing press which is good for small work and for working through ideas. For larger work I go to Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop which has a wonderful range of printing presses. I like to plan a piece of work and make the paper in my studio at home and then produce the finished print at Gainsborough’s House.

What do you listen to while working in your studio?
Turning the radio on to Radio 4 is part of the ritual I go through as soon as I enter my studio, along with lights, heater, overall etc. Whether or not it stays on depends on what I’m doing. If I’m preparing paper or clearing up ink I like to listen but as soon as I’m doing something creative I turn the radio off. In a typical day I never seem to hear a whole programme.

What time in the day are you at your most creative?  
I am always up early and most creative in the morning. If I get off to a good start early, I can keep going until about 5pm but I can never work in the evening.

What’s in your current sketchbook?  
My present sketchbook has become a great unwieldy heap of drawings, photos and notes on scraps of paper, all of which relate to my present obsession of light seen through trees.

If you had to choose between using a pen or a pencil to draw with – which one and why?  
I prefer pen to pencil and particularly like water soluble ink pens with watercolour paper. I like to draw quickly, add some water, and when it is dry work back into the drawing with pen.

What do you think is the role of an artist in contemporary society?
One of the by-products of creativity is the ability to see things in a different way and to present new ideas in a way that no one has seen before, as well as highlighting beauty and the expression of human emotions. In some cases, artists are in a position to reach multitudes of people by using their status to bring attention to a worthwhile cause or environmental issue. For example, Richard Long’s Africa Mud Maps, which Long has made for auctions and whose proceeds have contributed to aid for the developing world.

Richard Long, Africa Footprints 1986 © Richard long (collection TATE)

One of the most interesting things that artists can do is spur public conversation and in future I may find that I am able to draw attention to endangered species or threatened habitat through my own work. I am currently working on a collaborative print project with another printmaker Emma Buckmaster, and our aim is to produce a series of tree portrait etchings on related leaves.

Janet French, Into the Light, mixed media on beech leaves, 34cm x 32cm

Thank you Janet for sharing a little of your creative world with the Artworks blog!

Janet French has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Colchester School of Art. In addition to Artworks, Janet is currently Joint Chairperson of Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop, and is a member of the Essex Art Society and the collaborative artist group Nine Artists.

Originally from London, Janet French has lived in Essex for twenty five years. You can read more about Janet’s environmental artworks on her Artworks artist page and on her personal website.