OK, so I didn’t actually sell any etchings at the JEMA weekend – several cards, no etchings – so I cheered myself up by doing an artist’s book session with Marjon Mudde the following weekend.  I  have made several books with Marjon’s help, and do find it quite restful -= although I am pretty rubbish with the sewing side of things.  This time I was so ham-fisted I even failed to make a plait fastening, so had to twist some strands of cotton together instead.  Anyway, here is a picture of my new book…… the first with a hard cover.   Its about time I photographed the other books I have made, so watch this space….

Photo by Marjon Mudde….

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Yes, it’s definite, I am taking part in JEMA this year at the ADPIC studio in Lauzerte.  And here is the leaflet to prove it…..

OKAY, so it’s a bit TEENSY, but my work will be on show on March 31st, April 1st & 2nd along with another printer, a textiles designer and a potter.

Check out the website

The hot news in town though is that there MIGHT be an art market in the square at Lauzerte every wednesday evening during July and August.  Must order some  more cards….

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A little bit like an art week?

I have just signed  up to show my work at a friend’s studio in Lauzerte during a national “arts and craft” weekend called  “Les Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art …

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A little bit like an art week?

I have just signed  up to show my work at a friend’s studio in Lauzerte during a national “arts and craft” weekend called  “Les Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art ” (JEMA).   JEMA takes place during the first weekend of April…. well, Friday 31 march until Sunday 2 April….  and our show at 22 Grand’ Rue in Lauzerte is called “Impressions et Matières”.    The show will include my prints alongside the prints of Marjon Mudde, work by her daughter Rafaele Rohn (Textiles Designer) and Ceramicist, Jean Francois Delorme.

Take a look at the JEMA website and see what you think!  These sort of national events for visual artists are rare in France so I am  pleased to be involved.   I did take a stand at a large group event for JEMA a couple of years ago, but it was so exhausting that I took a break last year.  I am sure that sharing a small exhibition venue with friends will be less stressful this time round!

Here is the link:


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Going going GONE!

I may not have made many prints lately, but I have been involved in making quite a lot of money for a charity here called “AIDE ET ESPOIR AUX REFUGIES”, which supports syrian refugees in Greece.  Last Sunday (16 october) we arranged an auction of 30 works of art – including 2 of mine – and also lay on some fantastic “apéros garnis” for the 60 “punters” who came along and willingly parted with nearly 4000 euros of their hard earned cash – well, it WAS a good cause.  One of  my “Pelerinage” prints was bought by a friend who “loved the pink”, and another print set up a bit of a  bidding war and finally sold for double the guide price!

It’s a small figurative landscape of Dartmoor that I made years ago when visiting friends.  I  had forgotten all about it until I came across it this summer in my Somerset studio.  It might easily have been missed because we were in the midst of a frenzied attempt to clear the place out before selling up and moving out, but fortunately it came  back to France with us and…. voila!    I now have an order for another, so I hope I can find the plate!  So, the lesson for today is – don’t turn your back on old prints, they may still have a place in your life!


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Weekend Report

So, the first weekend of my mini “Open Studio” event has just ended with a total of TEN VISITORS (including the mayor and his wife) and ONE sale.  The sale was a very bizarre affair involving what must have been a “coup de foudre” on behalf of the purchaser who also insisted that I write – “to my darling baker, with lots of love from Ros” on the back in french!  He IS actually one of the local bakers and runs a shop called “Pain et Chocolat” which always amuses me……..  can chocolate possibly ever be painful?  Ho ho…..

Below is the aforementioned sale – “Plat du Jour 2”.  Thank you Jêrome!

Let’s hope we have more visitors (and more sales) next weekend!

Plat du Jour 2

Plat du Jour 2

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The last few months have been pretty quiet for me, artistically speaking, so it’s time to get moving again and get back into the studio.  How about an OPEN STUDIO event to perk me up a bit – or scare me into action, perhaps!

Summer has arrived in Lauzerte and the village is awash with visitors.  Let’s  hope some of them are art lovers and that they will wander past  my studio and then wander INTO the studio.  They might even stand in the doorway, open mouthed with amazement, before buying at least six of my gorgeous colourful abstract prints!    PIGS MIGHT FLY …..  but a girl can dream can’t she?

Anyway, the studio address is RUE DE LA BRECHE, LAUZERTE  (Behind the old pharmacie, or, if you are a stranger to these parts ….  up the steps beside the Pizzeria).  Studio opening days and hours are: (3pm-6pm).  I will mainly be exhibiting my Australian prints, and the Plat du Jour series of prints, as well as making new prints AND cups as tea as well….  there’s multi-tasking for you.  There is still life in the old girl yet!

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Day Two of the show is about to start here in Lauzerte, and Day Two of the Mini Print workshop that Bron Bradshaw is running alongside it.  I am acting as the “Jolie Assistante” although most students are proving to be more than competent and once they saw the effects of the acid on their aluminium plates they were completely hooked.  As someone said – “C’est comme la magie”.  Check out Bron’s blog later for shots of amazing mini prints and grubby students!

The show is looking great as well, and includes 50 mini prints from “Dove Studios” in Somerset, plus etchings by Bron herself, plus prints by three french residents – me, Marjon Mudde (Lauzerte’s only other printmaker) and Dominique Médard.

More pictures later, but for now …….

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Just to keep you on your toes, I am publishing blogs in a VERY random manner today!  This event will be taking place in LAUZERTE during APRIL 2016 but will include some “formidable” british etching talent with which we hope to WOW french audiences.

The project is actually in two parts, the first part  being an artists’ books exhibition and a series of workshops for children.  The second part ( “Accomplissements”  13 – 25 April ) will include an exhibition of etchings from BRON BRADSHAW, ROS MARCHANT, MARJON MUDDE AND DOMINIQUE MEDARD.  In addition there will be about 50 mini-prints on tour from the Dove Workshops in the UK.  The mini-print exhibition is part of an Arts Council funded project called “Amazing Space ” organised by Bron Bradshaw to celebrate the 40th anniversary of artistic activity at the Dove Workshops in Somerset.

On top of that, Bron Bradshaw will be running a two day aluminium etching workshop here in Lauzerte on 13/14 April, closely followed by an artists’ book workshop which will be run by Marjon Mudde (16/17 April).


Below are a selection of images that may be in the “Accomplissements” exhibition.



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….  are doing it for themselves. 

Not many of you will know this but I am the eldest of FOUR sisters and all of us make art of some sort.  So this year, for the first time ever – and probably the last time ever – and mainly because we will all be in the UK for a few days, we have decided to have a “pop up” exhibition together!  It will make our Mum very happy as well!

The SISTERS exhibition will take place on SATURDAY 20th & SUNDAY 21st AUGUST (10am – 6pm).  The venue will be MOAT FARM GALLERY,  LEIGHTON RD, STOKE HAMMOND, MILTON KEYNES MK17 9DD.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A PRIVATE VIEW on FRIDAY 19th AUGUST, 6-8pm,  so if you are in the Milton Keynes area  you can drop in then or over the weekend and see us all and our work.  Several birds, one stone….. For more information, ring 07764 849287

Now lets play “guess the sister”……….  Louise Wooldridge and Vickie Marchant are painters, Sarah Marchant is a ceramicist and I make etchings……

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