Please note the prints pictured below may not necessarily be exhibited in this show but we'll be adding photographs of the exhibition once it starts from 27th June.
Celebrated printmakers Kate Brooks and Jeremy James come together to showcase their colourful limited edition prints inspired by the beautiful countryside around them and the wildlife living there. Both artists capture the four seasons with such brilliance their prints almost invite you into their exciting compositions.
Summer Print Exhibition
27th June - 31st October 2020
About our printmakers:
Jeremy's prints feature things he enjoys and has experienced. Cycling, hares, birds, birdwatching and even whisky from the Isle of Islay all feature in his prints. The making of these prints are often a way of ‘re-enjoying’ these experiences. He has found a new freedom in making these images, he can create his own worlds; "if I want a line of trees on the horizon, or a white cloudy sky, or a fox by moonlight, I can just put them in, I can move them around at will. Given the comparative technical problems this would present in a sculpture this is wonderfully liberating!"
All Jeremy's prints start with drawing, and lots of it. He draws to see & understand, to remember and lastly to design. After many hours of going backwards and hopefully forwards with various compositions, he transfers his design on to a piece of lino. This is exactly the same stuff that is used to cover kitchen floors throughout the land, a mix of ground cork and linseed oil. Using knives and gouges the design is cut into the surface of the lino. What is cut away will not print, what is left will print. Eventually, ink is rolled onto the surface of the lino, paper placed on top and the two sent through a roller press, imprinting the design on to the paper. Further pieces of lino can be cut in this way, and when rolled with different coloured inks and printed in succession onto the same piece of paper will give a multi coloured image.
"The process is both elegantly simple, but, (particularly when more than one piece of lino is involved), capable of numerous variations and possibilities. It is wonderful."
Kate was first introduced to screen printing whilst creating a fabric collection for an end-of-year fashion show at college. She went on to study surface decoration at university and graduated in 1996. She rediscovered her love of screen printing five years ago at Sheffield Print Club and has been creating hand-pulled screen prints ever since. Her ideas originate from being outdoors in the beautiful countryside of Derbyshire where she lives. She begins the design process by taking lots of observational photos of landscapes, trees, flowers and hedgerows whilst out walking. Kate likes to create vibrant prints that capture the different colours of each season. The use of colour is her passion and not many of her designs start without having a good idea of a colourway she wants to depict. All of Kate’s designs are hand-drawn in ink and she creates her layers in Adobe Photoshop before heading for Little Canyon, her local print studio, to prepare her screens. Often the most exciting part of the process is mixing and experimenting with layering to achieve the right colour combination.
Screen printing involves creating a stencil on a fine mesh screen, and then pushing ink through with a squeegee to create an imprint of the design on the flat surface beneath. Simple paper stencils can be used or, to obtain more detail, a stencil design can be exposed onto a screen in a similar way to a photograph by coating the screen with a light-sensitive emulsion. Each colour requires a separate stencil (or layer) and the image is gradually built up by applying the layers individually.