I have been printmaking since I was a child and having been encouraged to make things from an early age.
I chose a degree in Ceramics and Metal before returning to Printmaking in my early twenties.
I now predominantly create work using Lithography, Etching, Collagraph and Relief techniques and have just created enough space to begin building ceramic pieces again.
I have collaborated with Miranda Ellis – Glassmaker (www.mirandaglass.com ) on a number of projects creating environments populated by glass and several exhibitions that explored the qualities of light, colour and distortion.
I have a fascination with buildings, the way buildings interact with each other and how a sense of ‘place’ is an important part of who we are and how we live in our environment.
I am inspired by the way architecture mirrors the culture, character and soul of the human.
Through years of travel in the Britain and abroad, I have developed a fascination for the details that tell the story of a building. Humans create structures in which to shelter, rest, love, eat, work and worship and these spaces hold the essence of the lives that have been led within their boundaries.
In my work, I use buildings to reflect the human condition, the houses differ in shape, size, detail and colour. They have a soul and a personality and through the stance and clustering of the buildings, the structures represent the thoughts and situations present in the human experience.
An inspirational insight into the art of printmaking, this complete and comprehensive guide to techniques is packed with essential information and inspiration from some of the most prominent printmakers of our time, making it the essential companion for modern printmakers. Including interviews with leading artists about their different working methods, explorations of printhouses and workshops reveal developments within the various media in this field and featuring contemporary imagery from leading international artists, this exciting visual encyclopaedia is full of inspiration for more experienced printmakers, and packed with advice for students who wish to learn more of these fascinating artisan techniques.
Originally published: 2008, reprinted in 2017
Title in USA – ‘The Printmaking Bible’
Co-author with Ann d’Arcy Hughes, published by Rotovison and Chronicles.
Founder Member and Director of bip-Art
(bip-Art - ‘brings inner peace’)
I have established bip-Art with colleagues, Ann d’Arcy Hughes and Helen Brown with the aim of teaching and preserving the art of Traditional Printmaking in an inclusive, welcoming and professional environment, teaching people of all ages from the beginner to the advanced.
2010 - ongoing
Established with Helen Brown, screen-Art is the sister studio to bip-Art, dedicated to screen printing. We advocate the principles of community, creativity and traditional printmaking practice in a non-judgemental and inclusive environment.
2018 - ongoing