Peter Polaine at The Pin Mill Studio

by Andy Polaine on July 8, 2008

in General

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Christmas Dinner by Peter Polaine

Quick plug for my dad, Peter Polaine, who has an exhibition of his woodcut prints on at The Pin Mill Studio in Suffolk at the moment until the 18th July.

If you’ve ever wondered what Playpen’s dad sounds like, he was interviewed by Georgina Wroe on local BBC Radio today. He told some anecdotes about his time at art college where he studied alongside the likes of Ken Russell and Peter Blake as well as surprising me (and the presenter) by his choice of Banksy as one of the contemporary artists he likes and Brandy Carlile’s The Story for his play-out music. (I’d not even heard of her over here in the 80s music wormhole that is Germany – sigh).

You can listen to the BBC’s RealAudio (why do people still use it?) version of whole programme here or my edited MP3 version with just the interview.

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1 Nigel Kersten July 8, 2008 at 7:33 pm

What is it about woodcuts and cats and fish? Is there some reference I’m missing?

My kids adore this book which is one of the most beautifully illustrated kids books around.

2 Andy Polaine July 8, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Ha ha. Maybe there’s an influence of fish from the Japanese woodcuts. I think the fish scales maybe suggest themselves as you chisel out a section too. Maybe.

That looks like a great book. My dad has a few pieces that would really suit a children’s book too. You know, if you know anyone who is looking for someone to commission…

3 PETER POLAINE July 8, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Thanks Nigel, I shall have to get that book. I don’t think that it is just cat and fish but the unlikely friends that cats have that make good stories – like the Owl and the Pussycat.I don’t think your children will be pleased that my cat is just about to eat a fish!

4 Nigel Kersten July 8, 2008 at 9:15 pm

You’d be surprised at the levels of sadism my children can descend to :)

That book really is gorgeous. It’s just such a lovely fairy tale the idea of a cat and a fish hanging out together on land and sea….

One reason we first picked it up was due to all that research that shows how much very small babies love to look at black and white patterns, and I still find it surprising that so few people produce mobiles and books for young children in black and white with geometric shapes.

I love woodcuts.

5 PETER POLAINE July 17, 2008 at 9:02 pm

That’s interesting about the black and white preference of young children,
a documentary ( some time ago) showed exactly that.
A white card cut out circle with two black spots for eyes and a smiling mouth, held over a baby, produced a smile and pleasure sounds.
Mum was a bit miffed no doubt.

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