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Jane Sunbeam

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.

Please do come and say hello to me on Facebook and Instagram where you will find my most recent projects and up to date news.

Visit LPW to purchase Jane’s work in the LPW Shop.