24th June - 30th September 2023
Printmakers inspired by flowers in all their glory come together in this celebration of petal power! New makers as well as some gallery favourites are brought together in this joyful collection of blooms depicted via a wide variety of printmaking techniques such as linocut, woodcut, screenprint and drypoint. Featuring new work never before showcased with the gallery by Lindsey Mann, Foxglove Press, Rachel Knowles and Kathy Hutton, and some gallery favourites; Karoline Rerrie and Jeff Josephine Designs.
Petal Power Print Exhibition
Image: Karoline Rerrie
Jeff Josephine Design
Sophie Elm is an illustrator, printmaker and studio potter, working under the alias of Jeff Josephine Designs. Using her background in Illustration, she draws upon these skills to design and create a hand crafted collection of illustrative prints and studio pottery; all with a strong bold colour palette and playful yet elegant use of pattern and typography. There is a strong horticultural theme throughout all her work, from spades and greenhouses to dahlias and radishes! "As an illustrator, I have found that my prints and ceramics have taken on the form of a visual diary, depicting things in life that bring me joy. I am at my happiest when surrounded by nature and the countryside; be it picking wildflowers, spotting hares or planting bulbs in the garden. So, I often find that the natural world plays a starring role. The subject matter may sometimes seem mundane or unremarkable. A clump of primroses in the springtime may bring as much inspiration as a pleasingly shaped watering can. It is something that will have caught my eye, something I wish to celebrate or document, often filtered and embellished by my own imagination."
Karoline is an illustrator and printmaker based in Birmingham. Her work is characterised by bold outlines, bright colours and patterns so it is well suited to screen printing. She draws black and white artwork by hand and then prints it in small limited editions. As well as printmaking she is inspired by folk art and traditional costumes from around the world. Karoline regularly exhibits her work in galleries and at print fairs throughout the UK. Alongside creating her own prints, she works on commissions and licensing projects. Karoline also runs screen printing workshops for children, young people and adults. Since specialising in screenprint she has delivered sessions in schools, galleries and art centres as well as some more unusual locations including a folly, stately home and shopping centre.
Lindsey Mann is a jeweller by trade who has recently branched out into screen printing. Working from her studio in the wilds of Wiltshire, Lindsey constructs jewellery using hand-printed anodised aluminium, precious and non-precious metals and a host of semi-precious stones and plastics. Since 2002 Lindsey's work has been to places all around the globe and special pieces have been bought for both public and private collections. A number of her pieces feature in books and journals and Lindsey's own book ‘Coloured Aluminium Jewellery: design & make’, was published by A&C Black in 2010. Lindsey’s work is inspired by a combination of 50's style tin toys, games and interior decoration, with bold colour and surface pattern playing a key role. "Originally training as a jeweller I have been screen printing onto anodised aluminium sheets as the basis for my jewellery for many years. More recently I have started to see the possibilities in the prints as pieces in their own right and it’s provided an exciting new avenue to explore. The current theme, with botanical influences, stemmed initially from a bundle of gardening diaries found in my house when we arrived, left by a long-gone former resident and his wife. In my mind I have built up an image of this garden from a bygone era, from a time when the pages of gardening catalogues were bursting with blousy blooms printed in lurid colours. Parts of that picture are slowly emerging as prints and pieces of jewellery, one discipline organically influencing the other in turn."
Ellie is an independent printmaker, based on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, producing delicate, dry point etching prints. Her designs take their inspiration from the natural flora and fauna that she is lucky enough to encounter everyday in her local surroundings. Each delicate floral dry point is etched with attention being paid to the key details which stand out to her. Each etching is etched, printed and mounted from her studio. Each beautiful dry point is etched using a series of mark making techniques, while with some of her older pieces focusing on using a continuous line drawing style. Once the etching is inked up and the excess removed, it is then printed onto a thick Somerset paper. This is done by being rolled through her traditional printing press in order to lift the ink from the dry point plate onto the paper. She has been exploring her use of colour through applying the coloured inks at the inking stage all at the same time, this creating a more natural feel to the print and its inspiration, allowing the colours to gently blend together.
Rachel is a printmaker based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She takes her inspiration from nature, in particular line and pattern. She is interested in all forms of printmaking but has a focus on lino cut. Drawing is a big part of the creative process and each design is carefully thought out and planned; usually the result of several drawings of the same subject. Her current body of work is an ongoing project where inspiration is taken from plant, place and memory. Influenced by drawn line, pattern and shape these ideas are then translated onto a block of lino. Carving the block takes time and patience. Sometimes a few blocks will be carved for one print. Other prints have been made by the reduction method. Colour is applied using a roller, the paper is placed over the block and pressure is applied to the back of the paper to lift the print. "Observational drawing is the starting point for my prints and I love to sketch, often using the natural environment as my inspiration. My particular focus is the complex and busy relationship between flowers, plants and grasses. The intricate structure and contrast in colour and size of plants guides my work. Most of my prints are reduction, a process which is time consuming but very satisfying. I like the controlled and planned element of this way of working and I still get excited when I have added the final colour and can view the completed print."
Kathy's work has always had a strong outline to it and over the years she has developed a style and a process that fits her natural ‘handwriting’. Hand cut or torn, screen printed stencils create strong and bold silhouettes which take on their own character when mixed with the spontaneous but beautiful nature of mono printing. Kathy's screen prints are produced by pushing ink through a fine mesh that is stretched over a wood frame. She creates an image by using cut or torn paper stencils to block areas of the screen. The ink is pulled across the screen by a rubber blade called a squeegee and is pushed through onto the paper beneath. A monoprint is a single impression of an image. Rather than printing an edition of multiple copies of a single image, only one impression may be made. In Kathy's case, the monoprint takes the form of a tracing, where thick ink is laid down onto a glass plate, paper is placed on top and is then drawn on, transferring the ink onto the paper. The beauty of this medium is in its spontaneity and the characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike.
Please note the images below may not be works featured in this show. Once the show starts we'll be adding photos and a virtual gallery tour so you can explore what's on display and available for you to buy.