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Printmaker of the Month, June 2017

We’re created a space in the LPW Studio which can be booked by members to test out new ideas and exhibit final work, work in progress or any research or ideas.

The current exhibition in the space is a collection of collagraphs, monoprints and screenprints by LPW artist Jane Sunbeam.

Jane Sunbeam, Dreamscapes and Daydreams

I see myself as an artist who illustrates; the need to translate words into images is the primary motivation that fuels my work. I have recently gained my MA in Children’s Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. For many years I sought inspiration from folklore and other magical tales, but my recent work is now more inspired by the exploration the magical within the everyday, and also illustrating the stories that I have written.

The work I am showing is a mix of collagraphs, monoprints and screenprints – all of which have formed the main basis of my work from the past year. I wanted to show how the different techniques that I use overlap and influence each other. For example, the bird in ‘Singing the News” collagraph is the same bird that was used to create the ‘Last Song’. After many prints, the bird had taken on a lovely texture, and so I decided to collage it with other elements to create the image for the screenprint. I also use monoprinting to create images to use in my screenprints as I feel that they have a lovely texture and are full of dark and light contrasts. These then go full circle to influence the next collagraphs that I create, and thus the circle continues.

To read more about these images including the techniques and symbolism behind these pieces, please visit my blog.

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