creative experimentation with graphic techniques is something I learn from every time I start on a new project. Some projects have a larger potential for development or a larger scope for exploration, and others are more limited and straight forward. The projects that I work on for my family are more of the latter. I have worked recently on prints for my family and underneath are some of the newest ones made at the end of 2018.
“an art which is to be made by the people for the people, as a happiness to the maker and the user” William Morris, Hopes & Fears for Art; the art of the people, 1882.
One hundred years ago, my great grandfather Henry Edward Millward celebrated Christmas as one of the Royal Engineers at the D.G.T. Camp near Monthouse in France. He had been positioned in various locations in France during the war. He illustrated the 1918 menu. In memory and as a celebration of Henry and his team’s efforts during the war, we ate his same meal this Christmas. I have dry point etched a 2018 menu closely inspired by the 1918 menu.
In 1918 my great grand father, Henry Edward Millward, was posted in northern France during the first world war. Recently I have discovered that he had a talent for pen and ink drawings. In having found his sketch book, not only were a number of finished drawings discovered but also numerous pencil sketches. These sketches seem to have been made with the aim of finishing them at a later date. However these sketches were not finished. In honour of the 100 year anniversary of the end first world war and of the work of Henry Edward Millward I am finishing his sketches and am experimenting with translating the images to graphic printed images.