Printmakers 2011 (16 April – 14 May)

Never fear, Spring will soon be here and with it Tinsmiths’ Printmaking Show. Four artists, Paul Farrell, Sarah Chrisp, John Richardson and Sarah Young,  using a variety of printmaking techniques will grace our new Print Space.

Paul Farrell’s strong graphic style and design background is evident in his work. His interest in visually communicating an object clearly and simply is his main skill. Silhouettes, colour and simple shapes are used to help identify the subject. Paul will be showing his birds of prey series, his blackwood collection of tree silhouettes and his large prints of seagulls.

There is definately a link to all things watery in the work of this group of artists. John Richardson  is a keen fisherman and many of his linocuts are connected with fishing. John mainly makes linocuts occasionally adding woodcuts and etchings in his humorous, nostalgic and wistful repertoire.  John spent a number of years as a commercial artist, followed by a career in art education and now simply an artist with a number of pastimes and diversions that are easily deduced by a glance at the portfolio.

Sarah Chrisp lives by the sea – and always has – her etchings are very often landscapes or sea to landscapes. She finds representing the textures in a scene particularly fascinating – lichen, stone, treetops, shorelines are treated to her intense scrutiny and some unique treatments develop. Although the examples here are monochrome, many of her etchings are hand coloured, each different from one another and could more precisely be called mono-prints. Sarah will be showing etchings from sketches of the Cornish Coast around Rosudgeon and Porth en Alls and some from the warmer climes of Southern France.

Sara Young’s work is often narrative, inspired by and referencing, myth, folk tales, circus and burlesque imagery. Her latest illustrations for print,  Greek Myths for Walker Books, have influenced her most recent woodcuts.  Well known for her lino and wood-cuts Sarah also works in silk screenprinting and has recently been developing new methods of working in monoprint and collagraph – printing collage blocks.

If you would like a personal invitation to the private view, which will be held on the evening of 15th April, please e-mail [email protected] with your details.

Note for Press: there is only space for a few sample images here,  if you would like to see a wider selection of print quality pictures, please e-mail [email protected]

New Fabrics – perfect for one another

A triumph of a new fabric from St. Judes by artist Emily Sutton arrived today just as this new “Ink” Irish Linen appeared. The pair are perfect bedfellows. Emily’s design clearly has its roots in illustration but what a fabulous design for roman or roller blinds in a study or child’s bedroom?  A really refreshing addition to Tinsmiths’ printed textiles which would look so good with this inky irish linen – backing cushions or perhaps curtains across the roman or roller blind in Emily’s fabric. See Curiosity Shop on our website for full details and alternative colourway and look out for it “in the flesh” as a sample curtain in the showroom at New Year.

Family Treats

Thank you all at Lewis and Wood for another fantastic day course “Block-printing” with Jenny Stringer. Bought as a birthday present for my Mum and a rare chance to “play” for me – my thirteen year old son also expressed an interest and came along too.

printing course at lewis and wood

Whilst we were all agonising over our masterpieces he managed to quickly produce a great swathe of Christmas presents; so all the Clive family can look forward to hand-printed teatowels, bags, cushions and T-shirts for Christmas! What a great day. Thank you Jenny, Stephen, Sally, Gayle and all our fellow course members for a diverting, relaxing and productive day. A recommended tonic!

Phoebe Clive