Printmakers: 2nd October - 3rd November

Flock (detail) / screen print
Dave Bain

Full-time illustrator, Dave Bain, works in a number of different traditional media, including screen-printing - often depicting vivid interpretations of wildlife. He focuses on texture, pattern and shape in his work, particular relishing the interaction of colour.

He also manages the Drawn in Bristol studio and screen-printing facilities.

Read our Artist interview here.
Joe Blakey & 
Louisa Woodworth

Joseph Blakey and Louisa Woodworth are Bristol based illustrators and printmakers. 
They work in bold colours and textures, and are inspired by folk tales, half remembered children's book design, and other such phantasmagoria.
Transmission  II / etching
Ian Chamberlain

Ian’s work is influenced by manmade structures and the reinterpretation of them as monuments placed within the landscape. They are devoid of people, the  architectural scale can no longer be based on the physical measurement of the human body. Ian is interested in the use of a traditional Print process such as etching being used to record subject matter that is generally at the cutting edge of technology for its time.

His aim is to represent and interpret the form and function of these objects, simplifying the complex structure. The prints are constantly being scrutinized, giving them an existence of their own rather than a perfectly re-produced image.

Read our Artist interview here.
Katy Christianson

Katy Christianson is a self-taught illustrator and printmaker living and working in beautiful Bristol. 
Her drawing style is detailed and intricate, mixing delicate black line drawing with complex patterns and bold flashes of colour. Having learnt screen printing through courses at Spike Island and Drawn in Bristol, Katy has been applying her illustrations to hand printed products, greetings cards and art prints. 
Katy's screen prints are most inspired by the detail of etchings, woodcuts and old letterpress prints, as well as her beloved collection of screen printed gig posters.
Notebook Design #1 / screen print
Dawn Cooper

Dawn Cooper is a freelance illustrator, living and working in the vibrant city of Bristol.  She creates densely patterned pen drawings, which are then scanned, assembled and coloured digitally to form colourful, folky illustrations.  

Dawn also likes to experiment with screen printing, translating her designs into simple screen-printed, one of a kind stationery items, and products for the home.  She is inspired by wildlife, wild flowers, plant life and silhouetted forms, which often form the basis for these designs.

Read our Artist interview here.

Untitled / hand burnished woodcut on Japanese paper
Kerry Day 

Kerry Day is an mixed medi artist who concentrates her gaze on the human figure and in particular the nude. Her practice is rooted in a rigorous dedication to life drawing. 

Working in oils, acrylics, and print, her pieces are powerful and expressive and have an economy of line that is bold and unfussy.

Kerry completed a MA in Multi Disciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England (UWE) in 2011 and is an active member of Spike Print Studio and the North Bristol Artists.      

Read our Artist interview here.
Zamira Drew

Zamira is a freelance graphic designer and has been working in the creative industry since 2004. Alongside commercial endeavours, Zamira produces limited edition screen prints under the name ‘Type & Toast’. 
Her work embraces a bold and playful visual language that celebrates lettering, design and illustration. 
Morzine (detail) / silkscreen
Holly Drewett 
Holly prints using a variety of techniques including etching, silk-screen, lithography, lino and wood cut. She has a fascination with the different qualities of print and how they can work in conjunction.

The starting point for her work comes from an interest in landscape, both rural and urban, she aims to generate an impression of a place, deconstructing source imagery to create something new. Holly documents places through drawing and photography to start the process, then abstract sections are used to regenerate pieces, sometimes using digital techniques. All prints are then printed by hand.

Charlotte Farmer

Charlotte graduated in 2006 with an MA in communication design from Central St Martins and has been working as freelance illustrator ever since. She enjoys experimenting with different processes (screenprinting, photocopying, using carbon paper)  which encourage subtle changes from the original drawings - which often include areas of small intense detail and the odd scribble here and there. Wherever possible she tries to sneak in bits of gold and silver and flashes of fluorescent red, pink or orange.

Her subject matter often involves unexpected combinations of characters and their conversations or the sounds things make. Her very pampered cat, Margo also makes regular appearances.

Read our Artist interview here.
Brushstroke1 / screen print
Martha Gavin

Martha Gavin is a portrait painter and illustrator who has relatively recently returned to her first love of screen print. Originally from London she moved to Bristol two years ago and since then has printed at Spike Print Studio.

In her screen prints she focuses on simple abstract compositions alongside work based on figure studies. The two strands are linked by the use of dynamic gestural marks in muted subtle hues and tones. The figure work is based on very quick poses where the marks made have to be simple and descriptive. This brushwork, its energy and inherent quality are echoed in the abstract prints, juxtaposed with other simple marks and shapes.
African Night (detail) / drypoint
Ann Gover

Ann Gover is a painter, etcher and enameller. She studied at the Arts Students League, New York and enjoys working in different media. She finds the challenge of transposing images in one medium -  pastel or enamel -  into another, such as etching, a fascinating process.

The image is affected by the varying qualities of the medium used, while the original concept is retained. She likes to contrast the discipline of drypoint with the spontaneity of monoprinting.  Her work is inspired by travel and eclectic reading.  

Read our Artist interview here.
Orange Peel II / soft ground etching
Coo Geller

Coo wants to bring the sense of wonderment to her work that she feels for everyday things - a walnut, a parsnip, an acorn, an orange…

“I give value to each little thing,” she says, “to show its importance in the world.”

Natural materials, such as orange peel, sometimes play a part in the production of the work, which takes the form of laser cut pieces, book works, etchings and collographs. Recently, Coo has been making etchings using soft ground to directly transfer the texture of things.
Anna Harley

Anna Harley is a Fine Art Printmaker, member of the Society of Women Artists, and works out of Spike Print Studio in Bristol. She has a Masters Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking and lives with her family at the foothills of the Mendips, in South West England. 

Anna's work is firmly rooted within the Landscape tradition, while the fabric textures that inhabit her prints are an echo of her Scandinavian Arts and Crafts background. She builds up her screenprints in layers formed from multiple exposures of her drawings, photographs and fabric fragments to create delicate, haunting and ethereal landscape images that evoke a past world of myth and legend.

Read our Artist interview here.
John Kilburn (Guest)

John Kilburn is a freelance artist based in Falmouth Cornwall. He makes and sells his own silkscreen prints, pop-up books and comics.

John recently graduated with distinction from Falmouth University’s MA in Authorial Illustration and has gone on to work for Atlantic Press Books, Origin Coffee, Slut clothing, Strandline books and Tiny Pencil amongst others.

John is currently setting up his own printing studio with a group of Cornish illustrators as well as setting up a gallery space in Falmouth itself.

Read our Artist interview here.
Lea Lloyd

Lea Lloyd is a printmaker and freelance designer based in Bristol with a passion for screen printing. Integral to all Lea’s work is her passion for the handmade.

She enjoys experimenting with silhouettes, shapes, colours and pattern and uses a combination of drawings, photocopies and digital manipulation to create graphical images which translate to her screen prints. Her work is strongly inspired by nature, retro graphics and pattern, her style is always very bold in style and colour.
John Joseph Lynch

John J Lynch is a multi disciplinary printmaker graduating with a distinction in MA multidisciplinary printmaking 2012, He works across a number of printing methods and specialises in relief printing, developing his practice of experimental woodcut prints as the recipient of the Lark Trust's Peter Reddick Bursary at Spike Print studio.

Winner of the 2012 NEO: Print prize for outstanding new media in print John has produced works in Etching, enamel, screenprint, and multimedia prints mixing traditional relief printing with digital methods and flock printing. His work often conveys classical Iconic imagery in a decaying urban setting.

John teaches a number of printing methods and has his own mobile screen printing studio in which he has taught printing to schools, Charity groups, Referral units, youth groups, adults, artists and beginners.
Hannah McVicar

Hannah McVicar is an Illustrator and Printmaker. She produces floral illustrations for books, magazines and packaging. Her illustrations were recently compared to William Morris in a review in the New York Times. Hannah has worked for a variety of clients including The Times newspaper, Gardens Illustrated magazine and Ebury Publishing.

Her floral illustrations are influenced by her childhood, helping her parents at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Her upbringing around plants and her passion for drawing became naturally entwined. After graduating from Falmouth College of Art, in 2004, Hannah has continued to develop her style and technique using the medium of screenprinting.

When Hannah is not working on commissions for her various clients, she is producing colourful and vibrant collections of floral screenprints that she exhibits internationally and throughout the country. Hannah has recently had a solo exhibition at Tokachi Millennium Forest, in Japan.
Katharina Nyilas

Katharina creates detailed and intricate drawings, mainly inspired by environmental concerns.
Katharina enjoys experimenting with printmaking and is currently selling hand printed products such as t-shirts, totes and digitally printed silk scarves.
Much of her work involves taking from her immediate environment re-using and recycling materials which has inspired her to set up creative recycling workshops under the name of Re-Craft. For the woodpecker screen prints Katharina has utilized found papers creating a variety of intriguing textures.
She has curated and exhibited in Bristol and the UK as well as having published work selling on Amazon and at the Welcome Institute.

Read our Artist interview here.
Plaice (detail) / screen-print

Pigeon is a creative obsessive. When she is not drawing, printing, making or writing, she is always thinking about what she will create when she next has the chance.

Her work is made up of charismatic creatures, bold colours and hand drawn pattern, always experimenting with different ways of exploring her natural folky style.  She uses a variety of media including pen, collage, and print, finding satisfaction in the happy accidents that come with working by hand.

She finds inspiration in everything around her, regularly visiting museums and galleries for fresh drawing material and inspiration, and delights in animal encounters.

Read our Artist interview here.
Matrix / relief print from cardboard
Hilary Prosser

Hilary works using a variety of techniques including photography and digital media as well as low-tech print-making processes such as cardboard and stencils.

A period of post-graduate study at The Hungarian School of Art & Design in Budapest has strongly influenced her style and working methods. Hilary is an avid collector of curiosities as diverse as bird skulls, discarded packaging and broken toys, all things that inspire her work.

Read our Artist Interview here.
Pirrip Press

Pirrip Press is a small design + print studio, run by Alex + Georgie and specialising in silkscreen printing. They produce limited edition prints, paper products, apparrel and accessories, as well as working on bespoke stationery and self-publishing their own illustrated books.

They like to tell stories, and know that things have more authenticity if there's research, thought and a narrative of some kind behind them. So there's always a tale woven in to what they do.

Read our Artist interview here.
Hannah Postlewaite

Hannah graduated from University College Falmouth in 2008 with a B/A Hons in Illustration.

The intermission has been a bit of a voyage of discovery that has spanned across Cumbria (her homeland), BC, Canada and the Italian Dolomites. She is now landed in Bristol intent on seeking her fortune as a busy and important illustrator and creator of handmade goodies.

Her work is fueled by a variety of influences (her travels and every day experience for one) and the sheer delight of simply creating. Hannah’s work involves lively, linear drawing and collage. At present her print work is concerned with an array of organic subject matter- trees, plants and animals. On occasion it also enjoys being a bit silly.

Her products include greetings cards and prints, cushions, t-shirts and hanging decorations.
Robin / screen print
Jill Spence

Jill Spence is a silk screen printmaker. Her work is of stylised animals and birds, influenced by the repeat patterns of Moorish design and the bold, geometric shapes of the art deco period, with a contemporary injection from her training as a graphic designer. 
As a relatively new printmaker, her style is evolving, and she enjoys experimenting with different textures and colour overlays. She has made greetings cards, prints and cotton bags.

Read our Artist interview here.
Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor is a Bristol based graphic designer and screen printer. 
Her screen prints are inspired by her love of typography and vintage book illustrations.

Jess Townsend

Jess Townsend is a printmaker. Her etchings are inspired by her life-long love of Cornwall and the South West Coast, focusing particularly on her fascination with detail and patterns found in nature.

In her work, Jess creates balance between the delicacy and sensitivity of her subjects, and the use of strong line and relief to expose the endurance of the environment.

Cliff tops, sculptural boulders, trees blasted by gales, flowers and rock pools remain key subjects for her printmaking.
Working from sketches, she etches onto copper plate using a variety of traditional processes.

Jess lives in Bristol and is a member of Spike Print Studio.

May / etching with Chine-Collé
Gillian Thompson

Gillian Thompson is a printmaker who specialises in etching. Her work is about paring-down form and line to a minimum in order to evoke a particular emotion. She is interested in how simplicity or the economy of composition can produce a quiet yet powerful presence in a space.

She has recently received the Rebecca Smith Fine Art Memorial Award from UWE where she studied an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking. She is currently working in the University’s Print Centre and is a member of Spike Print Studio where she gives workshops in etching aluminium and ImagOn.

Read our Artist interview here.