Printing From A Women’s Perspective

March 8th 2017 At The Mill Coppermill Lane.
It is International Women’s Day and so we were a dozen mostly older women after-hours at a workshop given by Anna Alcock of Inky Cuttlefish. Did we all know what special day it is?

Anna introduced vigorously the now quite hackneyed topic of invisible women artists. Noticeably, the Tate is up to its neck in events and films about said same.The assumption was that we in the room all knew nothing about the fact that art galleries hardly pronounce in blazes of glory the existence of women in art. Our local William Morris Gallery was cited as a museum which never promotes women artists. I managed to promote myself for I do have two solo exhibitions for IWD 2017 and then have a hung work in the Tower Gallery and that is an all-women exhibition. A passing seagull would have shown more interest.
“It is hard to be a mother and an artist”. It’s bloomin’ hard to be a mother. It’s hard to be a mother and any kind of creative. It has always been and still is and so the only way forward is to be pro-active, actively promote women artists because of their gender primarily and bring about change. I added in that women need to retweet women artists’ tweets and share information about women art exhibitions through Facebook and the like. They don’t. I have many exhibitions on at present and the amount of sharing of information is almost non-existent. Meanwhile I’ll be busily promoting people I don’t care about but in the name of women power it has to be. It was evident that many of the women there tonight for example do not use social media.
Most people do not share other women’s joy.
“It seems okay to promote women in craft but not in the traditionally male work arena of printing”.
We printed and made samples as mementoes of our learning.

issue 11 Happenings!

Issue 11   Up Your Street5  free events for seniors in the 5 London 2012 boroughs

26 and 27 March 2011

Inky Cuttlefish Studios


Art and Vintage Clothing for Sale in East London



Sat Mar 26    free to watch 9am for 9.14am the steam train, the 70013 Oliver Cromwell goes through Stratford and returns at 9.59pm (2159) (credit to Ian Visits for that listing)

                          free  11-1pm Boxing in the east end walk. Meet Aldgate tube station 10.45am (Hackney Museum event)

                         free  11-5pm East London Mosque, 46 Whitechapel Rd weekend open days and exhibitions

                         free   12-4pm Green Street Spring Festival. Sandringham School Forest Gate  (58 25  325   330 buses)

Sun Mar 27    free    Augustine’s Tower by Narrow Way. Look about 2-4pm

Mon Mar 28  free  12.30-2.30pm School Room Round Chapel, Lower Clapton Malcolm’s fun and fabulous ballroom lessons. FREE!!!

                        free HAIL 2-5pm Downsell Park, Haringey. Launch of Hail, the new café. Minty from Eastenders featured.

Tues Mar 29  £3 donation 11am St John At Hackney

                           Hackney Empire  Elders. Tea and cake. Charity event.

                       £2.50  2.30-5pm. Plum Tree Centre Leyton Green.Tea- dance

Wed Mar 30  free  Whitechapel Gallery, “This is Whitechapel “  Photographs by Ian Berry during 1970s (until Sept 4th 11-6pm closed Mondays)

Thur Mar 31  free Chats Palace art auction at V&A Childhood Museum Bethnal Green Viewing and silent auction from 6.30pm
Live auction from 7.45pm – 9pm / evening ends 10pm
Welcome drink and bar

Spaces limited, please RSVP by 25th March 2011 to 


Sun Apr 3     free 3-6pm Chats family disco at Chats Palace, Brooksby’s Walk,   Hackney

Mon Apr 4   free  this event is cancelled 1st April! High Street Seniors. Walking together at the end of the day. Meet 7.20 pm Iceland, Bakers Arms for bus to Round Chapel.Lower Clapton, Hackney. Meet  8pm Round Chapel. Finish a short walk at Fitzgerald’s in Lower Clapton for a cuppa. Contact 07762178941  Safe together!