TRADITIONAL PRINTMAKING & CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
I am a Huddersfield based artist, specialising in Printmaking, particularly Reduction Lino Cut. My practice is centred in ‘place’, exploring locations and buildings of personal significance or local renown. I tend to use a bright and bold colour palette, which reflects my relationship with, and interpretations of the subjects. These dense layers of colour are achieved with heavy duty, industrial, oil based inks that leave a sheen or glossy finish on the prints.
Unlike traditional lino printing, reduction lino involves cutting away the surface of one lino block in stages and printing each stage, layer by layer, on top of the last. Creating a multi-coloured, tonal print. Intricate detail can be achieved as well as bold abstracted imagery, the results can be as stylised and individual as the maker chooses.
I am a committed practising Printmaker with a great enthusiasm for the craft, a current studio-holder and Trustee of West Yorkshire Print Workshop.
All my pieces are limited edition, original handmade prints, in varying edition sizes (check bottom left of the artwork to find out).
I graduated from De Montfort University with a Fine Art BA Hons in July 2012, where on the strength of my Degree Show work I was fortunate enough to win the Leicester Print Workshop Prize for 2011/2012. For my three prints selected for Open East Midlands 2, at The Collection in Lincoln, I was awarded the OPEM 2 Prize for Drawing 2012. I also undertook two Printmaking Residencies at the Water Tower in Brigstock, Kettering, with a materials grant provided by the Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust. In 2013 I relocated to West Yorkshire where just a few months later I was awarded the WYPW Flourish Award for excellence in Printmaking. Since then I have achieved an MA in Arts Management, Policy & Practice from The University of Manchester, have exhibited across the UK and delivered a number of projects, courses, workshops and talks in the region.