Here's a little introduction to me and my work.
I often get asked if my prints are lino prints, so here's an introduction to screen printing.
Finally, an explanation of 'original limited edition' prints.
I studied at Bournville College of Art and have a degree in Printed Textiles from Loughborough College of Art and Design and a P.G.C.E in Art and Design.
With a background in printed textiles I love pattern, composition and colour. I now mostly create affordable works on paper in low editions that compliment both modern and traditional interiors.
I collect mid century vintage fabrics and this period of design has long been a reference point, but I'm equally inspired by the composition and ingenuity of Japanese textiles, and colours and patterns in the world around me.
I use my teeny tiny laundry as a dark room for exposing screens and I happily print in my restored 1950s English Rose kitchen.
I'm a member of the Birmingham & Midland Institute, the Pre Raphaelite Society and The 20th Century Society, so unsurprisingly I have a passion for Pre Raphaelite art and 20th Century architecture. I love wildwife and drawing, which is pretty handy for a wildlife artist!
What is a screen print? (sometimes called a silkscreen print)
Screen printing is a process in which ink is forced onto paper through a fine mesh screen stretched around a wooden or metal frame, by pulling a rubber squeegee across it. Each colour is printed one layer at a time, in a predetermined order to achieve different effects.
The design for each colour is put onto a screen by a process of applying a thin layer of light sensitive emulsion, followed by exposure to UV light in a dark room. Areas of the emulsion covered by black remain unaffected by exposure to light. The rest of the emulsion will harden on the mesh. The unaffected areas can then be washed away leaving a design stencil in the screen through which ink can be forced to print onto the paper underneath. A separate screen is made for each colour. Colours are printed individually and left to dry before applying the next layer. A different type of print bed is used to print on paper or textiles, and different types of dyes and inks are used.
What is an original limited edition print?
An original print is created and designed by an artist, typically signed and numbered in a limited edition.
In the fine arts printmaking designates all the processes of the creation and production of originals by hand. This includes etching, woodcuts, screen-prints, lithographs etc. and more. The work is done wholly or mostly by the original artist and the number of prints – the “edition” is limited. In other words, it is made by the artist and there won’t be many of them. You will find the edition number written under the print e.g. 12/50 means that only 50 of that design will be made and the print is number 12.
It is not a commercially printed reproduction. Reproductions are a copy or facsimile of an artists work by mechanical means and are often referred to as ‘Art Prints,’ ‘Limited Edition Posters,’ or ‘Giclee Prints.’
When you buy an original print you buy art that is designed, made and approved by the artist.