Thursday, 16 September 2010


Just noticed this organisation on-line through Arts Professional. They run annual international residencies and exchanges; bringing artists over to London from across the world, as well as enabling artists from the UK to take up international residencies including Cuba and Kenya. Food for thought. Their interpretation of visual art embraces film and design as well as fine art. Inspiring model of working that's got me plotting and planning my dream scheme...

Friday, 18 June 2010

Brilliant Interactive Visual Art

I loved these interactive sculptural works in the Intermedia show at this year's Degree Show at eca. This one has a kind of back rest which feels as if you are being cuddled. The artist is a German mature student (female), & I will check out her name and edit this post once I have it.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Behind the Scenes: creating theatre for the very young

Just published on Blurb. Preview at

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

My new website is up and running

Click on 'My New Website is up and running', or copy into the explorer bar, to have a look at Hannah Rye Illustration. It features illustrations across different themes: from On Location and Performers, to Editorial work. There's also a selection of limited edition prints, pages from my sketchbook and drawing journals, and excerpts from 2 books.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Life saving printer!

This printer saved the day! After weeks trying unsuccessfully to print the rest of my book Behind the Scenes: Creating Theatre for the Very Young on the Epsom inkjet printers at edinburgh college of art, I was forced to make a last minute purchase of this printer. I chose inkjet over laser printing, as from what I'd learned it would be the most suitable way of reproducing my ink and watercolour illustrations to a high standard of finish for my final assessment.

Strangely, there don't seem to be any printers who reproduce commercially using ink-jet printing. The only place I found was a 'giclee' fine art printers in Leith, but they said it might be quite complicated to print the imposition of the book.

P.S. Thanks to my mum for waiting in all day for the delivery while I was busy screenprinting!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Wave illustrating original music by Matt Knight

This is a collagraph print I made for a friend's original music. He's working on an album at the moment, inspired by his family's traditions as fishermen and sea-faring folk in Ireland. Check out his music at MySpace by clicking on the title of this post.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Early Years Theatre Research Drawing

These drawings were all made on location - I have been documenting the work of two professional actresses as they devise a new play for Early Years children. The play is aimed at 1-2 year olds, and the development was funded by Imaginate and Starcatchers. Click the post title to link to the Starcatchers website.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Bay at the Back of the Ocean 2

Here is my final print on Saunders Waterford paper (a lovely paper). Below is the poem it accompanies.

We left the trail somewhere
between the one-room school
and the drookit bay.
Tethered to the gales,
the gulls were puppets.
We trod shyly.
From the summit of the chiseled crags
we spied the shore,
drenched with seeking,
seeping loss.

Wind-shaped branches,
arms reaching.
The crested coast sliced
deep with sand and wind and silence.

Two street lamps light
this six-mile moorland.
Neither work today.

By Emma Bartholomew

Bay at the Back of the Ocean 1

I've finally had chance to re-expose my photec plate - the bulb on the exposure unit had blown causing havoc for printmakers favouring this process.

The first image is a rough, composing the original drawings to create series of fragments - hopefully to give the sense of atmospheric snapshots sketched on the memory. It illustrates a poem about a bay on the Isle of Iona, off the West Coast of Scotland.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Folk Music Research

I found this brilliant picture of Django Reindhart playing in 'Le Hot Club de France' quintet when I was researching origins and influences in contemporary folk music. A music review about John McCusker's 'Under One Sky' CD likens some of this folk/indie music collaboration to this 1930s sound.