Yesterday I was in Paris meeting Nick and Robin and their amazing printing bike. If you missed my previous post about their project it's exactly what is sounds like- a bike with a printing press on the back, specifically an Adana 8x5. They're in the middle of their trip cycling from Bristol to Mainz meeting artists along the way and creating artwork to be printed onto postcards using the printing bike. And that's where I come in.
After a 4am start and a little panic over wether I'd be permitted to carry my cutting tools on the Eurostar I spent the morning sketching around the city, visiting a few of my favourite spots and buying mini macaroons for Luke from a certain patisserie (amazingly all made it home untouched, that's willpower for you right there!)
Then a brief train ride out to Bonneval to rendezvous with the others who had ridden the "short" distance with their heavy bikes from Nogent le Retrou and we quickly set up our makeshift studio at a cafe in the town square much to the bemusement of the locals. With only a limited amount of time I got to work cutting a design from sketches that morning, Rob wrote postcards and filled me in on stories from the last few days while Nick went to get baked goods, buy stamps and stare at stationary through shop windows. I don't remember ever having designed and cut a lino in such a short space of time, it felt like I was on a game show with the Countdown clock ticking somewhere in my head. Usually things are a little more considered but it was good fun and liberating to re-think the way I work. Also, it just demonstrates how simple and portable printmaking can be.
Finally, I took the last train back to the city before making my final journey home to London on the Eurostar with a bag full of various surprise eclairs, chocolate and bread (thanks Nick!) and unable to fall asleep without doing that uncomfortable nodding-head-rolling-forward-thing. Thanks to Nick and Rob for inviting me to be part of your project - you guys are brilliant/crazy!
A few photos below if you'd like to see, because who doesn't like snaps of Paris??! And you can follow along with the rest of their journey HERE.