I embrace new technology as a tool to help generate different ways to present work. For me, technology enables new marks and languages to present ideas in ways relevant today.
Through gum bichromate and gumoil printing, I have been exploring how digitally prepared negatives can be used to generate virtual images. I form still life images that are composed in Photoshop from a personal database of individual photographs of flowers and bugs. For my current Vanitas works, the gum bichromate printing allows control of the colour palette to create the aged look of old Dutch masters work, imbued with the communication of the Victorian language of flowers.
My sculptural work involves using digital models that are cut into slices to reveal excerpts of the whole. The pieces are an investigation into 3D scanning and CT scanning technologies, exploring the mark-making possibilities when presented as giclee prints or laser etched onto layers of acrylic sheet.
Technology is moving fast and the possibilities of new imagery is seemingly endless. Through my work I seek to combine and enhance the old traditional forms of printmaking with the digital age.
I am represented by the Brook gallery in Exmouth, visit my website for more information.
Founder member, Chair of Frome Printmakers, tutor of Gum Bichromate, Gumoil, Cyanotype, Lithography.
Elisabeth has been a practicing printmaker for over 25 years, specialising in lithography on stone and etching but also mono printing. Elisabeth is primarily a figurative artist and her work explores the forms and cycles of the plant life and landscapes particular to the South West region of England. Her work is produced by traditional hand printed techniques in small editions. All papers used in her printmaking are acid free, made from cotton rags, not pulp. She has also experimented with cut-card prints and collographs - utilising found objects such as metal foils, dried leaves and fabrics.
Founder member, Tutor of Lithography.
Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada, I have been printing and gardening in the UK since 1999. Combining the qualities of line and space, I carve lino and wood to create images that reflect the inspiration of these snapshots around me.
Several of my prints are produced by a 'reduction' method of relief printing whereby only one block is used. The first part of the block to be cut away is where the white of the paper will show through in the image. The block is inked up and the first colour is printed, then more of the surface block is cut away in between printing each colour. This method of printmaking is exciting (and scary!), as the outcome is very different to predict and the image seems to come to life during the process. After printing the block is discarded, as it is impossible to recreate the same image again.
All images are limited edition prints, on Fabriano paper. Printed on the Western Proof press.
As a multidisciplinary artist, I respond by working alongside drawing with photography and printmaking and specialised during my MA in lithography both drawn and photo-plates as well as with the stone. Mono type and relief as well as collagraphs and etching come into play with links to painting and textiles.
My practice considers the landscape and natural organic forms and works between representational and abstraction.
The immersion of the atmosphere, the landscape as well as the sense of familiarity of a place and its history is of interest as is some form of narrative or commentary. The act of walking starts my journey but the walk has had to have a purpose and a connection to what has gone before.
As the founder of the artist printmakers’ workshop I think of myself as a craftsman rather than an artist, seeking to keep alive skills learned as an apprentice and my career in the printing industry over the past 60 years. My role in the group is as a facilitator or enabler, teaching the techniques of drawing on or transferring images to & from litho stones or zinc plates, skills now lost to the industry.
Visiting tutor of etching and relief printing.
Mostly I paint but from time to time I take to printing. Ideas for prints are from current paintings, which are about art, art history and cultures. Many years ago I began with mono printing, then aquatint etching which I enjoyed for several years. Recently I have been seduced by carborundum printing from which I achieve bolder and more textured images.