How a print (or sculpture) is made has been the driving force in my work and my fascination and experimentation with ‘process’ has led to some quite unpredictable and surprising results.
The Sudbourne Park Printmakers group has given me the opportunity to try many different ways of printmaking with the resulting images looking very diverse. After fourteen years of working at the studios, I feel as if I have only just begun to understand what can be done.
Printmaking has also fed into my bronze sculptures which are made just down the road at Butley Mills Studios; both mediums take an image from an original and the uncovering of the final piece, whether it is a print or a bronze sculpture, remains enthralling.
The early days; A BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Norwich School of Art followed on with a career in design and advertising in London and Edinburgh. Marriage and three wonderful children followed.
To the present day: A BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Suffolk College/UEA in 2003 set me on the path to printmaking at the Sudbourne Printmakers and bronze casting at Butley Mills Studios. An MA in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia in 2009 was a chance to follow up some of the influences from my African childhood.
I currently organise and run a programme of art workshops with some of the Tidal Margins artists – going out into the Suffolk landscape; I run the children’s print workshops at the Sudbourne Printmakers; and working as curator of Orford Museum for seven years has fed my interest in history.
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