One of my Blankk Light series large format engravings on show alongside a mix of stunning works by contemporary printmakers
Check out this winters edition of Printmaking Today where I talk about my experiances so far on the Peter Reddick Bursary at Spike Print Studios and some of the influences on my current work.
Back in October, I started the Peter Reddick Bursary at Spike Print, and have been warmly welcomed into the studio. As an artist I have found the facilities here to be excellent. There are lots of different presses and printing areas which is great for me as I like to be able to mix different printing methods, and the natural light in the studio makes it an inspiring studio to be in. All the staff have been very helpful, and the members have also been really welcoming and open about sharing their experiences here. All in all it’s been a great three months!
In my initial weeks here, I wanted to spend my time playing with various techniques and processes, using exploration and play to feed into ideas I will go on to develop. I wanted to avoid being too precious, and have been experimenting with inking, registration and printing methods, trying out the various presses that the studio has as well as making various tests with papers, developing my carving and image construction.
Some of these have worked very well and I am particularly excited about developing these techniques with the series of prints I am currently working on, especially with regards to inking methods where I have been using oil and rags to create tone and texture.
From January 9th I will be starting an Advanced Etching course at Spike Print and will continue to develop ways of creating tone and texture through the use of photographic etching, and explore how this can effect or be mixed in with my relief work. Watch this space!
Set in Stone at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol. On show until 27th September - 21 contemporary Bristol based artists responding to historical Lithographic stones of the Tobacco industry.