I live and work in Trowbridge making prints from a workshop at the bottom of the garden. Having done a ceramics degree at Bath, along the way I became interested in print. Initially I did not have a kiln so after my degree I used the print leisure course at Trowbridge College to carry on making. At the college I found a thriving artist community, we shared ideas and techniques and even organised group exhibitions.
I consider myself to be predominantly a mark maker who is fascinated by texture. I like to explore colour and surface through the medium of print. I make collagraphs, which are embossed surfaces pressed into thick damp paper. The print is then dried flat between boards. For me this process is not about producing lots of the same image, but using the plate as a starting point for a journey.
I go out walking in the land with my two dogs everyday and even though I do not draw in the landscape I have the feeling of it with me all day. I take this into the workshop, or on the kitchen table. Sometimes after a print is dry I will run it through the sewing machine, considered lines of even thread, or sometimes an abandonment of caution stitching furiously with no care for the paper. Creating a wonderful surface to the touch.
Collage is a great source of enjoyment, layering old printing blocks, discarded prints, building multi coloured adventures in texture and colour. I aim to use a variety of techniques to open up a lively visual conversation with the viewer.
Cloth Road Arts Trail Stowford Manor Farm, nr, Trowbridge BA14 9LH 30 April – 8 May
"A Common Thread " Trowbridge Town Hall, BA14 8EQ 28 April – 6 June
Print and Collage Rums Eg Gallery , Romsey SO5 18GY 18 May – 25 June
"Make 4" Ceramics and Print TMAG, Malt House Gallery, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU 23 June- 6 July
Telephone: 01225 760095