Creating images through exploration and experimental printmaking.
I started my artistic journey many years ago as a freelance woven textile designer,
designing and selling to the contract furnishing fabric trade. Now living in West
Lancashire, I am at a point in my life when I have more time to devote to what I like
doing best - creating images through exploration and experimental printmaking.
I work in equal parts from the distilled memory of a place and in response to the colour
and pattern in my immediate environment, producing unique or very small editions of
hand pulled prints. I am very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country, with
access to both the coast and wonderful inland countryside to serve as inspiration.
Printing, like weaving, has a lot of problem solving and practical considerations running
alongside constructing and creating. I am particularly drawn to the experimental (and
slightly unpredictable!) aspects of printing, using unusual materials and starting points to
develop interpretations of the world around me. I enjoy the process of developing
concepts or ideas, exploring variations and producing work in a series, which printing
allows me to do easily. Documenting this journey of exploration is an important part of
My prints are all handmade and individually inked, using a variety of printing techniques
such as monoprint, drypoint, lino print and collagraph printing, using oil based inks on a
variety of papers. I am most happy combining these technical skills with a ‘what would
happen if’ approach, resulting in unique exciting investigations and outcomes. This can
include folding, overlays, marbling or combining techniques. Currently I am
experimenting with a variety of recycled plate materials (tetrapak packaging), as well as
exploring layering of colour with printed acetate collage in a perspex block.
These individual prints may stand alone, or be part of a related series exploring a theme.
The prints may be unique (1/1), part of a very small edition (1/3), or part of a small
Variable Edition (V.E. 1/3). Occasionally, they may be part of an Open Variable Edition
(O.V.E.) where I am exploring a theme in an ongoing closely related series, which I may
return to over time.
My finished work can range from small cropped sections of prints, to individual
handmade greeting cards, to one off prints (up to A3), to a limited edition of a print
(usually 5 maximum).