I’ve been thinking about some ideas for related activities during the exhibition. One of those might involve me presenting a ‘live’ print session at The Ropewalk. To do this, I thought I would prepare some simple printing plates, in shapes that people will identify with. So, I’ve come up with these Crescent Moons.

Show Stories: Crescent Moon 1

Making the basic shape of a printing plate in this way is a first for me. Until now, I have made every plate entirely by hand. Here, the shapes were cut out using a laser printer in the Maker Lab in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Lincoln. I had been a little nervous about making the plates in this way, thinking that they might be less ‘authentic’. However, I was soon reassured when I thought it through. I’ll be sealing them with varnish in the usual way before creating different textures and patterns on each one, using a variety of materials.

During the show, I’m hoping that we can invite people to the Print Studio, ink one of the plates in their presence and make a print ‘direct from the artist’ for them to take away. In this way, I would like to encourage people to see printmaking in action, make the connection between plate and print and therefore be informed on how the works in the exhibition were created.

Want to see more? Here’s a filmed introduction on my printmaking, shot at The Ropewalk earlier this year:

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You Tube: https://youtu.be/zU8fnbvyJIw
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/152998998

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‘Anomalies’, Works by Sinclair Ashman.
The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber: 10 September – 31 October 2016.