After setting up a pop-up print studio in an empty high street shop I invited members of the public to come in and help me print masses of birds onto huge fabric banners. We then displayed the banners in a local shopping centre. The work was then displayed in the Storey Lancaster along with documentation of the process.
This project was supported by Lancaster arts city June 2015.
Mentoring - Marta Zawadzki
In January 2017 Kendal college art student - Marta Zawadzki came to work with me for 2 months. Over that time we developed a large body of work which we turned into an installation of printed paper birds and exhibited it at the Storey building in Lancaster.
Marta gained lots of experience working with me in my studio and is going on to study art to a further level at Kendal college and then hoping to go to University - she is definitely one to watch!
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Forest of Bowland as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) 4 Artists were commissioned to work within a school over a short period to produce collaborative work with the children. I worked within Waddington primary school with an amazing year 5 & 6 class to produce layered screen-prints based on the wildlife and ecology of the area. The children made sketchbooks and individual pieces as well as a large scale banner.
The project was funded by - Arts council England. Lancashire County Council Arts Development. Ribble Valley Borough Council and the Forest of Bowland AONB Autumn 2014
141 printed paper larks – to represent 141 days of the battle of the Somme.
The project explored the journey of young soldiers from Lancaster and told their story through light, sound, text and movement.
A historian, a writer and a visual artist delivered workshops to local primary school children, exploring WW1 and the battle of the Somme.
The culmination of the project was a sound and light performance illuminating and animating the unheard voices and untold stories from the King’s Own Royal Regiment. Performed in the museum itself amongst artefacts from WW1 and an installation of 141 paper larks, printed by the school children and covered in poetry they wrote whilst visiting the museum.
The project was funded by Heritage Lottery fund and supported by Friends of Lancaster City Museum. Winter 2016
Illuminated City was collaborative project delivered with artist Bonnie Craig. The final artwork was a trail of cardboard houses installed in shop windows across Lancaster’s city centre, illuminated at night creating magical scenes in amongst the shop's displays.
We worked with local school children to produce drawings of Lancaster’s architectural details and transferred these drawings onto silk screens – we took these back into the schools and printed with the children onto hundreds of house-shaped cardboard templates ready to be made into little cityscape’s.
This project was supported and funded by Lancaster BID as part of Light up Lancaster 2016
I regularly run workshops and demonstrate printmaking techniques. I love sharing ideas and skills. I always learn more from the people I share with.
I also visit schools and develop projects based around printmaking.
I have also written 2 books on basic printmaking – Handprint and make your own bags & Handprinted home both published by Cico books.
I offer special one to one days for people to come into my studio and make artwork with me – it’s always a lovely day and I tailor it to people's specific interests and needs.