More about Mappa Marches

Our Welsh Marches touring exhibition website is live and we will be sharing flyers around arts venues and libraries in Herefordshire, Shropshire Monmouthshire and Powys. Look out for your invitation to the exhibition opening due to be held on 21 January 2022 at Harc (Herefordshire’s Archive Centre). Mappa marches – flyer advertising touring art exhibition

In support of our Marches rivers

It’s a pleasure to be contributing to this evening of discussion and creativity in support of our rivers – Hereford Rowing Club, 7pm, 19 November.

Mappa Marches

So excited to announce that I will be co-curating a new Arts Council England (ACE) funded project in the Herefordshire area and that planning for this is underway. The idea for the project and impetus to apply for funding came from my friend Adrienne Craddock – who was incidentally my first ever tutor in printmaking…

Interview with fellow artist, Martin Truefitt-Baker

I had a lovely morning interviewing artist-printmaker Martin Truefitt-Baker in his studio in Llangattock (Llangatwg), opposite Crickhowell (Crucywel). Martin retired early from his job as an art teacher and is now a full-time artist, inspired by the stunning South Wales landscape and wildlife around him. I found out lots more about his process and how…

In the RCA open exhibition – YAY!

As some of you may know, I started to paint during our first lockdown. Having spent 4 years focussed on drawing and printmaking, I think I needed to challenge myself and expand my skills set. Most afternoons after homeschooling my 2 kids, I began to experiment, and have been combining painting with printmaking techniques too….

Etsyshop and Christmas market

Hello printmakers and print fans far and wide. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been adding to my Etsy shop SkirridPrintStudio, and must have around 70 listings on there now! Lots of Christmas goodies so do pop by and grab yourself some fun gifts. You lot are special customers so use the code…

New gallery – showcasing my paintings made in lockdown

Please do pop in to see me and the new work. I can’t wait to share my paintings with you alongside the new prints I made during lockdown. I was extremely prolific as creativity was a salve and an escape during the very hard months – one of life’s strange paradoxes perhaps? See you soon,…

Featured in Pressing Matters mag

It’s a huge privilege to have Skirrid Print Studio featured in issue 12 of Pressing Matters magazine following an invitation from John Coe, who has persevered through Covid19 restrictions to keep up the good work. This wonderful quarterly mag comes highly recommended for all print addicts – it’s so diverse (selling globally) and with such high quality…

Etchings

A lot of my printwork is made from carving images into linoleum (known as relief or block printing) but recently I’ve really enjoyed 2 forms of etching: drypoint engraving (scratching into a perspex plate with a sharp tool) and saline solution etching (where a homemade acid solution etches into a metal plate with a design…

Richmond Park deer: “Rumination”

I have just completed this 7 stage reduction linocut. I spent around 3 weeks working on this. Inspired by a photo by Emma Hughes (@emma_hughes_hdp), though I have given it a whole new colour palette and altered the composition. The slideshow above shows the 7 stages and the gallery below shows various shots during the…

Skirrid Print Studio: the first 6 months

So from this shell of a building – which had previously served as a bootroom and storage space (with 2 tiny rooms upstairs) – the charming Welsh builders, Dickie and Rich, created a 2-storey print studio, with its own entrance. This was in March 2019 and took a good few weeks. The finishing touch was…

The Effingham Badgers

I was very happy to accept a commission for this artwork despite the rather pressing deadline of about 20 days. My brief was to create a linocut print featuring the badger and the Girl Guides trefoil. As a lover of British wildlife, particularly mammals, this was right up my street. I decided to create a…

Solva Quay, Pembrokeshire

I have just completed this commission for someone who loves the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal village, Solva. It took many layers of ink and some of the lino was etched using a solution of caustic soda and wallpaper paste. It gives a lovely soft look to the clouds and hillsides.

Featured in Welsh BorderLife mag

Thanks to exposure in the Herefordshire art week back in September I was approached to contribute an artwork to the lifestyle magazine Welsh BorderLife. Rather lovely to see my linocut Christmas card workshops featured for November. They’ll also be promoting my etching, Winter Visitor, in January. What lovely folk.

“Beady eye”, reduction print

I have just produced 6 prints, a close up of a flamingo. The photos above illustrate the several layers that go into each print. Such a lot of thought and concentration goes into creating a linocut reduction but I also want to write about the subject and what leads us to work on a particular…

Dolly, the A1 press, has arrived

Here she is – Dolly – in all her glory. Made in Shropshire by Gunning Arts Printing Presses, she’s a local lass, which makes her pretty special in my book. She will mean I can make bigger, more ambitious linoprints and continue to learn the magic of etching. More importantly, she will be wonderful for…

Etsy shop update

I’ve finally revived my Etsy shop and I’m offering free shipping on all products. No need to say much more – take a look for yourselves.