I've always loved this building and I know that it is one of those pieces of architecture that immediately identifies a place.
The first time I came to Birmingham was, like many people, as a stopover at Digbeth coach station on my way to somewhere else. I had an hour to kill and walked up into the city. Unbelievably, somebody had put letters in a row of windows of the Rotunda to spell out a 3 word phrase starting with the word 'Soapy'. This would have been around 1990, pre-mobile phone days and I was unable to capture the image for posterity.
I have two more plates to go on this complex print, but this is where I am at the moment. After some thought I've decided to leave the phrase out of the print.
It is obviously one of those wet, lightless days but I think the lights of the shops reflected in the ground and figures in silhouette will create a contrast with the squally sky.
The size of my prints is easy - approximately 20cm by 30cm. This is a similar size to Hiroshige's and will fit a standard frame format. Like Hiroshige's prints there will be slight variations and I like that as well, it fits the handmade nature of the work.
Pricing is trickier. I am pricing them at around £120 to £140 depending upon where they are bought from. For the complexity of the prints this is quite modest, but I want them to be collected and enjoyed. In time the price may go up. Anyway about half way through print #2, which puts me ahead of my completely unnecessary and arbitrary schedule of one per month.
While I'm sorting out colour on print #1 this is where I'm going with print #2. The market and St Martins. I want to split the print with the market occupying the bottom third.
This is a print from the key block. There will be layers of colour behind and the key block will not be black. Over the next few days I will explore a range of colours and different plates before printing my first edition of 25.
Printmaker on a mission. 100 + prints of Brum inspired by Hiroshige.