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.