This print was created by using a hand made printing object which is akin to a giant rolling pin. I made it from plaster of Paris when I didn’t have a press available. As it is so heavy and cylindrical it becomes the press and the plate in one. The image becomes a repeating pattern as the roller moves across the paper and consequently I could print on very large sheets.
Images of Southend
These prints were created for a project which involved looking for similarities between Southend and Tokyo. I have been lucky enough to visit Tokyo twice, and l studied in Southend for four years. These two places are so very different, but I tried to find ways to marry them together, and found more than you might think possible.
The composite image of some of the recognisable sights of Southend was made into a screen and handprinted onto fabric, which I then made into a kimono.
These prints are a selection of etchings, drypoint and linocut. The images are taken from photos that I take everyday while I am out walking my dog. Although the flowers of the summer months are resplendent, I am drawn to the bleakness of the straggling winter foliage.
These are monotypes. I made them while in Edinburgh after walking up the Crag and Arthurs Seat. They are made with three separate plates printed with a small gap between them to make one whole image.
These are etchings made on copper plates. I have tried to make my local fields look like somewhere from another place and time. Etchings can be printed repeatedly so I have tried several different versions using chine-collè.
These prints were made using a series of printing objects, all with the same circumference but with differing lengths. They look like a collection of large cheeses. At the carving and printing stage these are brought together to create one whole image, but there are endless combinations that can be made. This project leant itself to the idea of stratification as each image is made up of separate layers.
These prints are from a project that involved drawing outside at night in a designated dark park in Northumberland. Without any light pollution and on a moonless night it was difficult to make out the shapes of the trees and impossible to see what marks you were making on the page.
I wanted to use my print images to make fabric. I really liked the result and decided to make cushions.
These are drypoint prints that I made from an x-ray of my own hips. I have a double hip replacement, and a pelvis that is uneven and twisted. This is a problem that I have had since birth, and consequently have seen many many x-rays of my pelvis. I find x-rays really interesting images. I like their monochrome nature, and the all the various blurry shades of grey. The structure of bones in any part of the anatomy is fascinating. My hip disfunction has not stopped me from living an active life, but it has been a dominating feature. I wanted to use the image to make something positive and unusual and I used colour to distract the eye from it’s x-ray beginnings.
These textiles are from prints that I made using various techniques. A lovely friend suggested that my prints would make interesting textiles, and once I got started, I got carried away with the idea of all things fabric.
I had the fabric digitally printed.
Deckchairs bring lots of happy memories of long, hot summers in the garden or on the beach. They are a traditional symbol of summer but with this vibrant contemporary fabric they have a brand new twist. They work delightfully with this design with each chair a different section of the image, and the white line runs perfectly along the back of the seat…more luck than judgement.
Giant's Rolling Pin
I made these prints with the rollers. By using the rollers you are not constrained by the size of a press or plate, so you can make quite large prints.
I made this ball from concrete, and hoped to make prints by rolling it around. Unfortunately they didn’t came out particularly well…I was determined to make a print with it so I decided to wrap it in fabric. This worked really well and was delighted with the print.
The ball itself, although only made as a tool, became a piece of art in it’s own right. It has it’s own presence, so I am now thinking about having it cast in bronze so it can become a sculpture.