These are the completed Lino blocks for printing the Green man logo. The first will be for the red areas (or any other dominant colour) whilst the outline will be in black. Both are seen here in reverse, ready to print. I always take care to try and ensure the pattern left in my cutting is pleasing enough to be possibly included in the print.
Having made enquiries about the costs involved in printing my Green Man logo, I have decided to do it myself – if only for now. In a method that is slightly different from what I have done previously, I am intending to make three Lino blocks, one for each colour and then print them onto both paper and fabric. This is the beginning of the first block – the reds.
By way of a diversion from my on-going Green Man project, I have been carving a design inspired by the triskele-like designs on the Newgrange Tomb entrance stone, onto a mandolin. I first stripped back the original sunburst finish to the bare wood, before carving the design using a Dremel tool.
The surface was then dyed (English Light Oak) before being polished using beeswax. I feel the mandolin now has a well-used, almost antique look to it.
Having taken a photograph of the tin can model of the modern-day Green Man I developed, I loaded it into the ‘Sketch Book ‘ drawing app on the iPad. I then drew around what I considered to be the most important lines of the image and filled in the shapes with blocked colours. I thus created a ‘logo’ styled image, changing the colours easily using the Fill tool in the app.
Working on the premise that the original, ancient Green Man was a symbol of fertility, I have developed a range of modern day symbols that reflect the places that people meet today,
Having first attached the Green Man image to a piece of green netting, I wrapped it around a tree in Canklow Woods (ancient woodland) at Boston Castle in Rotherham.
A tree ‘wrap’ I am currently working on. The ‘wrap’ is approximately one metre by two metres and sculpted out of corrugated cardboard. I am intending to fix it to a net backing (to prevent it falling apart – it’s a bit delicate!) before wrapping it around a suitable tree. Ideally, it would be fabricated in metal, but a lack of funding means this is not possible at the moment.
Latest addition to there Modern-Day Green man series – one made from a discarded Guinness can, the other from a very appropriate Carlsberg can. Note the ring-pull eyes!
Further exploration into bringing ancient forms and symbols into a modern setting – the Green Man, ancient symbol of fertility, fabricated out of an old coke can and ‘metalised’ cardboard. The concepts are relevant to every society, ancient or modern and, as such, I am attempting to bring them up-to-date.
I am delighted to have been interviewed for the Rotherham based ‘Chase’ magazine; an opportunity to put forward some of my views about my current work.