Inking a printing plate
Background

I amĀ a practising graphic designer, with a wide interest in the visual arts. I trained at the University of The Arts, London asĀ a graphic designer in the mid 1980s. Previous work in abstract landscape photography have led to exhibitions in London, East Anglia and East Sussex. I haveĀ now been a printmaker for some years, using the collagraph technique asĀ an art form, for visual expression and experimentation.

Printmaking

It all started when I attended a collagraph printmaking day atĀ The Ropewalk Gallery,Ā Barton-upon-Humber, run by Angela Lindsley. The collagraph process and the magic of printmaking made an immediate impression on me. I realised that this was the medium I needed for a new artisticĀ direction, and something that would give me much more creative freedom, compared to the inevitable restrictions of my client-led design work. Since then, I haveĀ been given invaluable advice and encouragement by artistĀ Tim NeedhamĀ at The Ropewalk.

This led me to push the limitations of the collagraph technique and the physical limitations of the printing press. I have also experimented with various ways of making plates: dishcloths, plastic fruit bags, household filler, leaves and twigs, varnishes and plastic washers and layers of card have all been used to create printing plates. On the print side, I have exploredĀ the use ofĀ metallic inks, large print sizes and embossings.

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