printmaking

My work is constantly evolving and I’m always drawn to trying something new. I love to experiment and invent new ways of applying a technique or material. I work fast and intuitively, which makes my work very free, but I can be meticulous when it comes to gaining control over a technique or material.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with (non-toxic) printmaking on paper, aiming to retain a connection with textiles and their tactile textures. For my other work I used printmaking techniques, but just for texture; the printed materials were cut up and reassembled into textural sculptural objects. This time I want to achieve lots of texture with just a piece of paper and some ink.

I want to find new ways of making a print and as with my textile work I like to do things differently. At the moment I’m working on a technique which I call ‘thread printing’, a combination of monoprint and expressive mark making, mimicking intricate textile textures. Another technique I’m developing is something that I call ‘collitho’, as it’s collagraphy, based on the principle that water and oil repel each other. But instead of the prints being the main artworks they are made to make the printing plate itself more and more interesting.

There seems to be no end to the possibilities of contemporary printmaking, just anything goes, really, and it’s great fun to play and discover new things!

negative thread prints

prints of inked pieces of yarn

collitho’s made with machine stitch, pieces of fabric, black marker and tarlatan

collitho’s made with machine stitch and pieces of differently textured pieces of fabric

positive and negative thread prints

printed nets of inked threads

series of thread prints with the same colours but differently layered

collitho’s made with pieces of fabric, isolation tape and stitch

positive and negative thread prints

thread prints on freely cut pieces of plywood with paper on them

thread prints on remnant pieces of plywood with paper glued onto them

monoprints on folded paper

the printing plate for these prints was made with an engraver tool onto a PVC plate

positive and negative monoprints of pieces of string and coconut fibres