I am drawn
to decay and deterioration of objects and my printmaking has always
been about texture, whether reproducing old photographs to emphasise
the marks and scratches they have acquired over their lifetime, or
representing the crumbling and decay of old buildings showing the
life they have had.
Etching and collagraph let me explore texture further because they
show the physical depth of the plate in the print.
Collagraph in particular allows me incorporate my love of fabric and
sewing, by stitching into either plate, print or both. Making
collagraph plates is my way of expressing the feelings, emotions and
thoughts I want to convey through a piece of work.
Adding needlework, ribbon or fabric has become a large part of my
printmaking and means the majority of my prints are unique in that
they may be the same image but the colour, additions or stitching
The thrill of turning over the paper after pulling a print never