This year I joined the East London Printmakers and am taking part in their Festival of Print with my original print mezzotint prints, diptych "Words" and triptych "Eve".
East London Printmakers is an artist-run studio in Mile End, London. Its annual members' show called Festival of Print is taking place at the Art Pavilion in Mile End Park, from Friday 26 November to Sunday 5 December.
The ELP studio provides facilities for intaglio and screenprinting, and runs excellent printmaking courses. In September 2021 I took their course in Screenprinting which I wholehartedly recommend.
Continuing on the success of the mezzotint print "Words" - 2 at the International Print Center NY, now both parts of what was intended as a diptych "Words" were selected for the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. The Fair is one of the largest and most prestigous events of the printmaking world. This is the first time I've submitted my work and being accepted is a thrill. Looking forwad to visiting the exhibition in person.
The event runs 11-14 of November 2021. There will be demonstrations and generally lots of interesting things to expreince.
The peculiar year of 2021, I spent reworking some old and making new mezzotint prints, and submitting work to national and international printmaking awards. One of the successes was with the International Printmaking Center New York (IPCNY). I was surprised, delighted and honoured to have my picture headlining the show, and to become a recipient of the
IPCNY Coursework Award. The award offers to pay artists a certain amount towards taking printmaking courses. Screenprinting, aka silkscreen, aka serigraphy, was first on my list of techniques to learn, and I booked myself for a course at the East London Printmakers.
"London. River" Screenprint 29.5x21 cm
The Lessons And The Prints
Three Wednesdays in September under the expert guidance of Ann Norfield and in the company of four wonderful artists turned out very informative and stimulating. In the first lesson, Ann guided us through the setup and the variety of marks we can make with the process. The print "London. River" was the result of day One. The drawing is a quick brush and ink sketch of the view from the windows of the ELP studios.
"Pulling Myself Together" Screenprint 21x30 cm
For the second lesson, we had to bring a printed drawing. I dug up an old sketch of mine. For years, I couldn't decide the best medium to take it further. Serendipitously, and thanks to some registration mishaps, screenprinting worked out perfectly! The title "Pulling Myself Together", although it doesn't apply to screenprinting, hints at a part of a printmaking process called "pulling" a print.
"Keepittogether,Girl!" Screenprint 29.5x21 cm
On the final day of the course, we put together all we've learned, working independently, while Ann supervised and advised us. The print "Keepittogether,Girl" came about as I was thinking about my daughters and the challenges faced by creatively wired minds. It is dedicated to all the creative women out there. Keep it together, girls!
Thank you, Ann and the ELP, for the excellent screenprinting course! I've added yet another technique to my bag of printmaking tricks and this one is dynamic and fun in comparison with my usual slow and contemplative mezzotint. I have now become a member of the studios and am looking forward to taking part in the Annual Show in November 2021.
Traveling to London for a day of printmaking is a bit much, but fortunately, I found an excellent studio in nearby Hastings. Process Club is established by a wonderful artist and graphic designer Clare Somerville-Perkins. If you are looking for screenprinting facilities in the Hastings area, I recommend checking this out!
It operates on monthly membership and can accommodate one artist at a time. Or perhaps a creative duo working on one project. The Britannia Enterprise Centre where the studio is located is a hothouse of small creative businesses and a lovely community and place to be in!
The next course paid for me by the IPCNY Coursework Award is the Photopolymer Etching at Medway Fine Printmakers in Rochester. I am looking forward to getting my hands inky again and later reporting on the experience!
This mezzotint piece "Words" - 2 has been selected and is the headlining image of the International Print Center NY show New Prints / Summer 2021. On view: June 10–September 18, at 508 West 26th Street 5A, New York, and online.
I also became a recepient of the Coursework Award which offers to pay artists a certain amount towards taking new printmaking courses. Looking forward to learning new techniques!