What was your first experience of printmaking?
I started a degree in photography in the 90’s and I loved working with film, I loved the darkroom! But then digital photography replaced film and I became interested in alternative photographic techniques, which led to photogravure and then somehow to etching. As I work with aluminium plates and saline sulphate I find it very similar to working with film in the darkroom, working from light to dark. Pulling the first print from a plate is very similar to the feeling I used to have in the darkroom (only not so many chemicals!)
What inspires you as an artist?
I still work from photographs, I usually have my camera with me and if I see a scene or a building or anything that takes my interest I photograph it and then at home I will play with the photo and then reverse it (or sometimes I don’t) and crop it and then draw it. That’s why my prints often have a strange perspective (I like to think of it as being in touch with my inner wonk!)
What are you working on at present?
I have been doing mini prints at the moment because I applied to become part of a lot of exchanges this year (what was I thinking??) and I am going to the UK for 3 months in a few weeks and want to get them finished.
What is special about printmaking?
I find it is very meditative, I love all the steps it takes to make a print,I find that I need to be disciplined, I don’t rush anything, I don’t take shortcuts,I try not to get ink all over everything, I clean up as I go…I love having my own studio, my own space. A print is special and you make more than one exactly the same , which is good if it’s good, not so good if it’s rubbish.
What is your favourite printmaking process, and why?
My favourite process is etching. I like relief printing but there was too much blood involved as I kept stabbing myself with the tools!
What prompted you to take part in the International Print Exchange?
I was part of the last years exchange and I loved getting my prints from other artists, they were all fantastic and I felt so privileged to get them! I am greedy and I wanted more!
What is your favourite colour?
Blue..no red…no hang on..green….sepia?
What is your favourite paper and ink?
Fabriano Tiepolo is my favourite paper at the moment. I really like the Charbonnel inks but I use caligo inks as well because I like the way they wash off, even though they are a bit sticky.
What kind of music do you listen to whilst printmaking?
I listen to the radio, the ABC. I used to listen to CD’s but it was too hard to change them all the time. Often I don’t listen to anything.
Who is your favourite printmaker?