Where did January go? Apparently it's too late to keep saying Happy New Year to everybody we meet... However, it's definitely not too late to find out what our roster artists thought about 2018, and what they're planning for the year ahead. In the first of a new series of mini features on the Look Up blog, here's the awesome Josie Blue Molloy. 

The eyes have it – Josie and some of her screen printed off-cut greetings cards

REVIEW / 2018

It was a busy old year for Josie. Teaching at Wimbledon College of Art, studying for a PgCert, running mobile screenprinting workshops as Screengrab, making new work and exhibiting alongside her multi-talented family... Phew! Take a breath, and then take a bow. Over to you Josie...

"2018 was all about teaching for me! I spent more time working in my new role at Wimbledon College of Art and completed a PgCert in Academic Practice. My highlight of the year has to be the Molloy Annual at Art Hub Gallery with my family. It pushed me to make new work including some large scale textile pieces that went down really well."

Team Molloy in front of Josie's prints (l–r: Sonny Molloy, sculptor; Josie; Tim Molloy, potterer; not pictured – Molly Molloy, musician)

"The Look Up printmaking workshops I did with Screengrab were a highlight too. It's so great to see people screen print for the first time and interact with simple shapes on a screen people falling under the silkscreen spell... I particularly enjoyed the one at Together Design. It'd be great to do more events like that in future – plus they gave us pizza, which is always a bonus."

Josie's Screengrab x Look Up screenprinting workshop at Together Design

"I didn’t get out as much as I hoped, but I came across lots of amazing work around London. South East Makers Market in Deptford had some beautiful textile pieces by Georgia Bosson and I loved the Stoff Studios collection in the Makers House at London Design Festival. The Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern was beautifully satisfying and inspiring – what a woman!"

Red Meander
 (linen and cotton, 1954) by Anni Albers, from the recent Tate Modern exhibition

PREVIEW / 2019

We're looking forward to working with Josie on some more workshops and, fingers crossed some new and exclusive Look Up editions later in the year. Its great too hear that Josie will have more time to spend in the studio and we can't wait to see the fruits of her printmaking adventures...

"2019 is all about NOT spending time on PgCert and being in the studio instead! This year I'm looking forward to having more time to play in my studio. I have a few textile commissions to work on which is exciting, because it's all so new to me."

Experimenting with textiles and screenprinting for the Molloy Annual

"There will be another Molloy Annual later in the year and of course some fresh prints to keep everyone happy. I'm looking forward to the Bridget Riley exhibition opening at Hayward later in the year (opens in October), and Antony Gormley (which opens in September) at the RA should be good too!"

One of a series of colourful new prints created by Josie in 2018

Huge thanks to Josie for being the first Look Up artist to contribute to our series of Review/Preview features. To find out more about Josie and her creative practice, follow the links below.

Stay tuned for more Review/Preview features, coming soon...

Josie's Look Up collection

Josie's website and online store

Josie on Instagram

Screengrab – Josie's mobile screenprinting studio