Background information, how I make my screenprints, my education and residencies

In 2009 I completed a Masters Degree in Printmaking at UWE, specialising in Screenprint, and I am now an active member of Spike print Studio. While the work I make is rooted within the Landscape tradition, the fabric textures in my prints are an echo of my Arts and Crafts background and nomadic childhood. I live at the foothills of the Mendips in South West England, an area of outstanding natural beauty that inspires my printmaking. I have recently exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and The Mall Gallery in London, The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath and Spike Island in Bristol. My prints are also available through selected galleries in Bristol and London.

 

I use a combination of drawing, digital photography and objects directly exposed on the screen, to create the individual layers in my prints. I enjoy the tension these different sources create in my finished work. When making a new print, I try to stay open minded about how the finished work will look, to allow the print to make itself - print is an extremely process led way of making art and allowing the unexpected to happen and taking advantage of these happy accidents allows the work to stay fresh and exciting. I love the drama of proofing a print; when suddenly everything comes together with the final layer of ink - and the print starts to sing.

 

 PROJECTS, COLLABORATIONS and RESIDENCIES

 2012  DIPTYCH: A collaboration Ten Spike Island Printmakers and ten UWE practitioners callaborate in pairs to produce diptych works for exhibition in F Block Gallery, UWE
 2010  LITTORAL: MARKS FROM THE MARGINS Group project culminating in a joint exhibition at the Create Centre, Bristol
 2008 SEARCHING FOR JULIANA An artist led project and family collaboration that explored the use of contemporary print as a vehicle for search and discovery - culminating in MA Degree show exhibition
  2009 HIDDEN IMPACT An artist led project coordinated by Spike Print Studio as part of IMPACT 6, International Print Conference. Work exhibited as an installation on Great George Street, Bristol
 2008 Borders of Perception Artist residency, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (AKI), Enschede, Holland. Work produced exhibited at Photogalleries Objectief, Holland
  2008 Ceramic project A series of ceramic tiles screenprinted with Cobalt Oxide, fired and installed in bathroom
  2002 Martenstorp Darlecarlia print - a Swedish comission to design and produce a historical document to record the Sahlin family dwellings in and around Martenstorp, Kopparberg in 2002 
 EDUCATION
 2009 M.A. Multi-disciplinary Printmaking, UWE, BRISTOL
 2006 H.N.C Art and Design, Bristol School of Art, BRISTOL
  2004 Diploma in Foundation Studies, Fine Art, Bristol School of Art, BRISTOL
  1995 P.G.C.E Primary Education, UWE, BRISTOL
 1984 Bachelor of Social Sciences double Honours Degree Geography and Sociology, Keele University, STAFFORDSHIRE