Having dried the hard ground on the polished and de-greased copper plate, I drew into the surface with a fine pointed tool before etching the lines in the copper, hanging the plate in the etching bath for the prescribed time. I then applied ‘stop-out’ to areas of the plate that I wanted to remain light […]
12 students plus tutors from Plymouth College of Art travelled to Santander on the Pont Aven with Brittany Ferries for this exceptional printmaking conference. It was a festival of printmaking in every form imaginable, across 20 venues, with contributors from across the globe. We had been allocated a huge new exhibition / workshop space at […]
If you are near Plymouth this autumn look out for the Open Studios event 22-30th September 2018 which involves nearly 100 artists from the beautiful Tamar Valley who open their doors to show their work. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and talk to them about what inspires them, as well as […]
Takuhon (ink rubbing) is an ancient Japanese art of print making whereby books were made by transcribing onto paper the protruding shapes from the scripts of sutras engraved on stone monuments, wood, metals, and earthenware. The method can be used to create impressions of any textural object. Thin Japanese washi paper is dampened and pressed […]
How do we best highlight the problems that plastic pollution is causing? We hear in the news every week another horror story of wildlife killed and maimed, poisons and toxins in the microplastics which are now in our food chain, bottled water containing plastic and now that it is likely to be contributing to climate […]
The world is becoming buried under plastic. When I travelled through SE Asia the roads were lined with it, children playing in it, and animals trying to eat it. It is polluting our land, our oceans and even our drinking supplies. It is killing wildlife and poisoning our world. We have been seduced by its […]
Kate Marshall ran an inspirational and informative course on using natural pigments at Coombe Farm Studios, Dittisham, Devon, 18-23 Feb 2018. We gathered the ingredients and experimented with using Devon soil, ground-up rocks and home-made oak gall ink for drawing, painting and printmaking. I have continued to use these beautiful pigments in my practice.