One of my aims for this year was to collaborate with other artists. Hello Print Studio provides the perfect setting for this. Hello is the printmaking studio I set up last year in Margate and is housed at Resort Studios, an open-plan multi-disciplinary space with a constant stream of creative minds flowing in and out. This means I get to meet lots of cool people and talk to them about the possibilities of working in print.
Last year I met Heather Mathieson, who wanted to brush up on her etching knowledge. In addition we did a bit of linocut and that’s when she became hooked. She quickly produced a series of beautiful linocuts of animals, all perfectly carved. Heather also makes pots, something my dad also did when I was small. Since last year Heather has started running pottery workshops in Herne Bay. As this is something which nobody at Resort currently does I thought it would be interesting to collaborate. We are now planning a linocut and clay workshop in autumn, once we have done a bit more research.
In the meantime, here are some images of the kind of thing we might do.
This first image is by Zach Medler, who I have featured before on this blog. Zach prints and embosses from a linocut onto wet clay slabs which he then uses to construct 3D objects. He also prints onto pots.
Kathy King uses a technique called sgrafitto. Similar to linocut, the clay is carved into with gouges and other tools, having been first coated in a glaze or coloured slip.
For details of all upcoming workshops, visit the Hello Print Studio workshops page.