TK at the TRURO Festival 2014

Travelogue Kernow will be in Truro for the festival on MONDAY 7th April from 10.30am.

You can find us in a marquee on Lemon Quay near M&S. We will have a printing press and all the materials and tools for you to make a stunning print and you can also learn all about book binding from PZ Conservation. Come along and let our great team of artists help you to make some great prints of Truro for our Travelogue Kernow.DSC_0494

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Work begins on printing the Travelogue Kernow book

Work has begun on the first pages of Travelogue Kernow! Artists Claire and Chris, book conservator Lizzie and her PZ Conservation interns Liz, Holly and Sam, joined Jesse and Bernard at the Newlyn Art School print studio for five days and evenings of all out printing. This is a great facility  which we are very lucky to have the opportunity to work with.

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Jesse and Bernard have gathered together all the printing plates from our 2013 tour which took place in Wadebridge, Liskeard, Launceston, Helston, Penzance, Newquay and The Middle of Nowhere Children’s Literature Festival. So many fabulous images; what a great resource but we can’t use them all so there will be some tough decisions ahead seeing which ones will work for the book!

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The great thing about working at the school is that we have the space to work on two of the books at the same time and lay the pages out across the floor; they take up a lot of space!

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It has been interesting how quickly and naturally a quite distinct character, feeling and atmosphere developed for each of the first two chapters, for Wadebridge and Launceston.

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Launceston both unfolds and rises to the heights of the castle while Wadebridge follows the meandering narrative of river and railway.

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The above image shows the first stage of printing the Wadebridge pages and below Claire inking some of the plates. These pages will pass through the press many times as we add more images.

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Once we had established the overall shape for a chapter we could begin adding images

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making an arrangement of plates and deciding the order through the press.

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Gradually we began to build up the collage of images for individual pages.

201301281839 037Page by Page the collage of images is completed; at a later date we will do further work on the book adding text to the mix.

201301281839 049Each chapter is to have a cover and Chris has taken the lead on arranging the wooden letter blocks and design for the titles.

201301281839 017201301281839 025It has been a fantastic week working full on with a great team and we are looking forward to working soon with PZ Conservation to add text and bind the pages and covers together.

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TK at the Middle of Nowhere Childrens Literary Festival

Travelogue Kernow will be at the festival on Saturday 20th July from midday onwards working with the children to create prints around the idea of story telling which will be an exciting addition to the Wadebridge chapter of the book. As usual there will be a printing press and all the materials for making dry point prints.  Artists Jesse Smith, Bernard Irwin and John Howard will be on hand to give inspiration and expert guidance ably assisted by Wadebridge artist Tracy Hunter.  PZ Conservation book conservator interns Liz Ralph and Holly Smith will be showing and explaining some of the processes and paraphernalia of book binding,and guiding children through making there own notebook.




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Day 2 – Launceston Town Hall


We all loved the church of St. Mary Magdalene with its extravagant and intricate carvings that cover the whole building.


Sketching Charles Causley from Peter Douglas Edwards large oil portrait in the Town Hall entrance.


– and here’s the print.


The mock up of the Launceston chapter is shaping up nicely.

A really good time. Thank-you. I didn’t feel a useless fool at all!” Sylvia


Some of the many wonderful prints including the castle gate, town square and statue of Mary Magdalene [the subject of a Charles Causley poem – Mary, Mary Magdalene] from the church of the same name.


the end of day 2 with mock up books in foreground – what a great venue.

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Day 1 – Launceston Town Hall

Setting up in the morning.

Setting up in the morning.


Chris, Bernard and Jesse taking a well deserved break.

DSC_0489Thank-you! really well organised and professional.”  Karen

DSC_0494I had lots of fun drawing, colouring and making it was a really lovely day!” Phoebe

DSC_0488“Inspirational! Thank-you.” Helena

DSC_0497Really motivating and great to work alongside others and have professional input!” Janet

DSC_0480Really interesting- the individuals we were supporting appeared to really enjoy  getting involved and having a go” Gemma from the Westgate Centre

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Day 2 – Liskeard, Liskerrett Community Centre

DSC_0385We have really enjoyed both sessions, it’s been such a brilliant opportunity and we are very grateful. Thank-you 🙂” Sarah, Ella, Oliver and Alfie

DSC_0390 “Excellent facility. A lot of fun, inspiring, patient leaders with enormous amounts of empathy!” Mary

DSC_0394Brilliant! Great 2 days of ‘Festive’ activity. Lovely to see. Come back again.” Andy

DSC_0395“Wonderful experience for 3 generations of my family!” Ann

DSC_0405Enjoyed this – new experience, wish we had longer!” Helen


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Day 1 – Liskeard – Liskerrett Community Centre


DSC_0347Good fun! my girls have enjoyed it. Thank you!” Nicky

DSC_0345Excellent, great information and lots of new skills learnt.” Claire




Terry with his fantastic print.

Being physically, vision and hearing impaired  I have found today so stimulating and great fun. Bernard is so knowledgable, Jesse’s so interested in all our efforts, Georgina so helpful  in inking up and cleaning my work. To you all, and all those whos names I didnt catch, thank-you for bringing your arts to us down here in far-flung southeast Cornwall- that’s Liskeard and environs to those in the know!! Your works and efforts are an inspiration to us all both young and old. Please come back soon!!” Terry
DSC_0365Great to learn new skills, really enjoyable.” Claire

DSC_0368Great day, enjoyed making a print of Derek Swindley’s camera obscura” Lesley

DSC_0379Fantastic day – inspiring- inventive ideas – look forward to seeing the finished book!!” Steph

DSC_0383I enjoyed it so much!” Tom

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