Emma Swift Kirkman
I have a profound and emotional connection with nature and as an artist I draw Inspiration from my love of nature. I explore the countryside of Cumbria to gain inspiration for my work, the big skies, ancient woodland and high fells and the seasons. My work is influenced by experiences with wildlife, I am a self confessed bird nerd and spend a lot of time studying birds and other wildlife. I love all methods of printmaking but I get most satisfaction from linocut reduction, as I enjoy the building of layers and find that the carving of the block helps to give my work a 3D quality.
Dividing my time between the beautiful Kentmere valley and my Green Door studio in Kendal, I create prints to celebrate the natural world and stories from history and folklore. I create multi block lino prints with intricate design layouts using rich colours.
This year I am also taking part in the AA2A course at UCLAN to experiment combining different types of printmaking to tell the stories of Victorian women explorers. I am working with monoprint, screen print and relief print on paper and fabric with the addition of machine embroidery.
Ray is an Eden based illustrator printmaker creating print editions and book illustrations using natural media drawing programs.
Inspired by indigenous cultures worldwide and with a particular affinity with the art of Japan, his work playfully explores a shifting relationship between reality and graphic illusion.
Sarah read History of Art at the University of Cambridge then completed an MA in Medieval Studies at York University before turning to Printmaking. Sarah loves the individuality that medieval artists gave their animal subjects; medieval ‘marginalia’ and decorative art inspire much of her work. She also takes inspiration from the wildlife of the Lake District and from Folk Art. Working in a minimalist, illustrative style, Sarah loves the bold simplicity of line to which linocutting lends itself so beautifully. Sarah lives in the Eden Valley, Cumbria, with her Labrador, Quiver.
Born in West Cumbria, Jill finds inspiration in her familiar local landscape; not necessarily the dramatic mountain views, but the churches, farms, houses, bridges and narrow twisting roads which she sees every day. A recent series of prints focused on nearby Whitehaven and its elegant Georgian architecture.
In her prints, she focuses on the graphic quality of each view and employs a mixture of relief techniques using both wood and lino blocks.
Vega’s work is wide-ranging and experimental. She is currently fascinated by the modularity and history of letterpress printing. The themes of value, connections and the object are important to her and her prints often involve hand-made paper, audience participation and play.
Vega manages Linden Print Studio, an open-access print studio near Carlisle. The Print Studio hosts printmaking workshops for people of all ages and abilities in etching, relief printmaking, collagraph, letterpress, monoprinting and monotype. The studio provides professional equipment and facilities with a focus on safer and sustainable printmaking. Vega also runs artist development courses, outreach days and projects for schools and organisations.
Linda’s interdisciplinary degree in Fine Art was gained at Carlisle, Cumbria, specialising in printmaking. Based in Whitehaven, her artwork evolves from personal experience, whether it be through photography, printmaking, film or painting. Currently she is exploring the effects of stone lithography.
After my Masters Fine Art Degree, Glassworking and Printmaking became the most important artforms in my studio practice.
My current work responds to the natural environment and fragile wildlife of the Eden Valley in Cumbria, raising questions about an ‘after life’ for animals.
While some people believe that only humans have an everlasting spirit, there are cultures where the spirits of animals are an important part of their belief system.
I am fascinated by the ephemeral nature of butterflies and wonder if they comprehend their transition in death. Do their ghosts still settle on the flowers that they no longer need?
Based in the Solway Plain, Alison is inspired by the natural world all around, by the space and the light, the landscapes, wildlife and the people. Colour is the dominant interest in everything she does and a recurring interest is the peculiar challenges of representing people and figures
A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, and former teacher, Alison varies her work through painting, printmaking, and ceramic jewellery, each enthusiasm feeding the others, trying to convey a spirit of discovery, a different way of seeing in a familiar situation.
Andrea’s degree in Fine Art stimulated her interest in printmaking. Drawing, painting and photography on location form the basis of her primary research and her practice has developed with interest of notions of the mountainous landscape and its interpretation. As with the strata of the landscape, her journey to her outcome of printmaking has allowed her to layer the landscape metaphorically and physically within her work, expressing her reaction and experience to a place. The evoked emotions of the landscape, are depicted in her investigation and translation of the vista using a multi-disciplinary approach incorporating photography, print-making and textiles.
Chris looks at lives ignored or disregarded by others, often using insects and other small creatures as a means of conveying these deeper feelings.
Since graduating with a first class honours degree in ceramics and fine art in 2007, she has shown her work throughout the country, sometimes outdoors and often in
unusual places or historic buildings. Drawing and painting are a great love and recently printing- on ceramic, textiles and more traditionally on paper.
Dave Sharps is a retired art teacher who taught art for over 30 years in secondary education but now has the time and space to develop his own work. He has his own purpose built studio in his garden in Natland. His work is inspired by the beautiful landscape of Cumbria. Through paint, mixed media and printmaking he explores the experience of being on the fells, of walking in the valleys and along the coast. He uses colour and texture to represent the changing and dynamic weather and light conditions. He works mainly from sketches and his own photographs of the landscape. The style of his work ranges from representational to abstract.
Denise has always been interested in art and creating. Having gained a BA(Hons) Fine Art Degree De Montfort University she specialised for many years in Screen Printing. Since then her work has continued to evolve.
Living and working from her studio at Thackmire surrounded by fields and woodland has inspired her to work closely with nature. Printing directly with plants, flora and fauna and also making natural inks and dyes, fascinated by their properties
and what can be achieved.
Denise has exhibited widely in exhibitions and galleries across the UK. Her work can be found in private collections in UK, Germany, Cyprus and USA.
Karen enjoys working with a range of painting and drawing media, and printmaking techniques.
Her interest in printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing her Foundation Degree in Drawing. She finds the quality of the marks produced particularly fascinating and her interest lies particularly with collagraph, drypoint, mono print, gum arabic and etching techniques.
Karen is also an experienced qualified art tutor, teaching for large organisations such as the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, as well as running classes for private groups and individuals.
Greywalls Studio, Lindale, has recently become her studio home, a perfect creative base in lovely Cumbria
Caroline Stow’s work is rooted in an interest in ecology and our absolute reliance on the natural world.
She uses printmaking (etching, etched lino and collagraph) to make and remake images, forming and dissolving connections across a picture plane. She is interested in making as an explorative process, which melds together materiality and slow thinking. Testing form and line intuitively, she will often spend several weeks developing and refining a series of etching plates, before experimenting further with the mechanics of the printing process.