When I was a kid, I attended the Saturday Morning Art Club at Sutton Coldfield Art School. We did pottery, sculpture, printing etc (not drawing or painting!), and I loved printmaking. I remember that we were supposed to move on every half term but somehow I stuck in printmaking for ages. I remember the sheer pleasure of pulling the arm of the Columbia press and I still have scars on my knuckles from cleaning raw edged glass sheets. I can close my eyes and remember the smell of ink in the room. Boy, did I love it.
It has taken me forty years to get back to art and printmaking, and my excitement in turning a press or pulling back a sheet of paper to reveal a print is undiminished. Three years ago I attended an introductory course on drypoint and collagraph, and I have been hooked again ever since. I am a scientist by training and the technical aspects of printmaking appeal to me, but, trying to print on my own without direction, I feel I have just been thrashing about. It is all experimentation and little outcome.
I want to:
- give my exploration of printing purposeful direction
- develop my compositional skills
- develop my technical skills
- bring rigor to my work
- develop a grounding in the relevant art history
- become more professional
- develop substance in my prints.