When I was on my foundation year at Chesterfield college, (around 11 years ago) I fell in love with both etching and digital printing. It really sparked my serious pursuit of fine art study, and I was accepted onto a print and painting course at Wimbledon college of art. That was a pretty grim experience and I dropped out at the end of first year. I went back to university a couple of years later to study fine art at The Ruskin. For reasons I genuinely cannot explain, whilst I was there, I was terrified of the print room. I never went to a print induction, and completely dropped printing from my artistic interests. I've been regretting it for years. Drawing is the underlining principle that pins all my work together, but printing is such a fantastic extension of that, and it's one I completely abandoned.
Late last year, I signed up for membership with Carousel print studio in Sheffield. They are the kindest, friendliest people, and it's a place of creative exploration and experimentation (and not remotely scary!) I'm so glad I finally got over my strange fear, and ventured back into something that I feel really passionate about. I've done an etching and drypoint course, and I've very recently started cutting some simple Lino prints. I'm experimenting with paper types and quality a lot when I'm there at the minute, rather than focussing on getting 'perfect' prints right now. I'm learning so much every session, and I love the magic of printing again.
Here are a few photos of my early experiments - I'll be drypoint printing another pigeon this Friday and I'm so excited for the outcome!
Semi regular updates of what I'm doing & making.