2020 became Red and then even Redder

Posted on October 13, 2020

2020 promised so much – A new decade, an exciting date. But no one predicted what 2020 had in store. 2020 is Red and became Redder: I spent Lockdown in my garden: in March wearing woolly hat and waterproofs clearing out the garden pond. As the days warmed, I sat by the pond watching the goldfish, frogs, water beetles and dragonflies, and planted ‘Open Arms’, a pink rambling rose on what would have been my Mother’s 100 birthday.

I grew beetroots, radishes, chilli peppers, pumpkins, and 4 varieties of tomatoes from seed. Watermelons entwined themselves around all other plants in the greenhouse. Brussel sprouts are growing in window boxes, and French beans climbed up javelin poles.

Deborah Treliving gardener and printmaker in artist's studio.

Portrait of Printmaker with red beret and still life: Lockdown harvest

We worked our way through the freezer. Last year’s tayberries and blackberries made mousses, pies, and crumbles in hues of cerise through crimson to burgundy. With a glut of onions, I made red onion chutney. I have frozen this year’s surplus red tayberries and blackberries for Winter treats.

The colour red gives me a sense of inner warmth, confidence, stability, security, and spontaneity. Red is associated with strong emotions of love, confidence, courage, energy, passion, and warmth but also anger, strength and power: a range of emotions which we all may have felt during 2020.

Detail of monoprint "2020 is Red" oil based inks on Somerset paper

“2020 is Red” detail, Monoprint

Detail of monoprint "2020 is Redder" oil based inks on Somerset paper

“2020 is Redder” detail, Monoprint

“2020 is Red” and “2020 is Redder” are both Monoprints printed with layers of differing hues of transparent magenta, red, and crimson printed on Somerset paper with oil-based printing inks, using a textured plate, and a Perspex plate with paper stencils. The first colour printed for “2020 is Redder” was a transparent yellow. Traces of the yellow are retained on the deckle edges on the left of the print. Subsequent printings of transparent red hues over the yellow made the red redder. Note the matt quality of horizontal subtle band on the golden mean.

I was very pleased that both my prints were selected for the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s 2020 exhibition, and was honoured to be awarded the Selection Committee’s prestigious prize for Excellence. To visit: the exhibition by Devon Guild members is open to the public Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11-5 p.m. until 1st November 2020.

Each print is on Somerset paper size 65 x 57cms. Titled, Numbered 1/1 and signed on the reverse. Price £495 unframed. Available from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen www.crafts.org.uk For framing I advise float mounting using acid-free mountboard and museum quality anti-reflective glass.

Award for Excellence 2020 exhibition Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Deborah Treliving with “2020 is Red” and “2020 is Redder” prize winning monoprints in the 2020 exhibition at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen




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