Having recently finished my MA in Children’s Illustration at Cambridge School of Art I was very keen to rejoin my fellow printmakers at Leicester Print Workshop after a few years absence. I was not disappointed – finding a wonderfully supportive atmosphere in which to grow and further develop my printmaking practice.
For many years I have sought inspiration from folklore and magical tales but recently my work has become more preoccupied with seeing and revealing the magic within the everyday, and the 21st Century – it is still there if we seek it out. It can be the birdsong that accompanies me on walks, the swish of leaves beneath my feet – their spectacular autumnal colours revealing themselves as visual feasts for the eyes. Or it could be the gift of friendship from a friend, that glance, or that tale that reveals new truths and understandings.
I now write and illustrate my own narratives and stories, from picturebooks to longer musings, but also enjoy illustrating the works of others – a current project is Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood and have created 16 separate collagraph illustrations so far….. there will be more!
I work in a variety of different ways, which expands as my time at Leicester Print Workshop increases. My first love will always be collagraphs – for me it has the depth and precision of etching, but also the spontaneity of monoprinting. However, having recently learnt a great deal about screenprinting, this is coming a close second, as it’s stability and consistency of image allows for greater experimentation and exploration of materials and colour.
I am always seeking out new and exciting projects, and am particularly interested in commissions and illustration collaborations. For a fuller portfolio please visit my website.