This workshop will introduce participants to the simple technique of drypoint etching and chine collé using the rich collection of seed heads, winter plants and wildlife in the Botanic Garden as inspiration. Participants will learn how to transfer their simple line drawings into unique fine art prints. Drypoint is the simplest and most direct form of intaglio fine art printmaking. It lends itself to drawing and mark making. Chine collé describes the technique of adding colour and texture, using starch paste and lightweight archival papers. At the start of the workshop, participants will learn how to prepare and select suitable artwork and then how to transfer simple drawings onto drypoint plates. The tutor will show examples of finished prints and demonstrate how to safely use the drypoint tools. After lunch, participants will learn how to ink up and print their prepared drypoint plates, using oil-based inks and a small etching press. A selection of archival papers will be available for chine collé.
What to bring
Please bring along an apron, a selection of drawing pencils or fine pens and any prepared artwork. A selection of dried foliage will be provided but feel free to bring in any foliage or objects for the purpose of drawing. The tutor will supply all printmaking materials, equipment and a detailed handout. A selection of illustrations and photographs will also be provided for use as reference, if needed.
Susie Turner works as a visual artist and educator with a specialism in Fine Art printmaking. She graduated in Fine Art Printmaking From Cambridge School of Art and gained an MA in Visual Arts / Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. Much of Susie’s artistic practice is inspired by the transient state of nature, patterns of growth and decay and the interdependency of people and nature. The local natural landscape is a constant source of visual ideas and Susie often works directly with existing material, ‘found’ and ‘made’, that has the potential to change state over time or bears visual reminders of past activity.
Susie regularly exhibits and sells her work locally and nationally. Recent exhibitions include Plantlife at the Fen Ditton Gallery, Time, at the Literary and Scientific Institute, Highgate, London, and LOOP at Bankside Gallery, London. Susie has work in collections at the V&A Print Archive department, Printmakers Council Archive, Scarborough Museum and Gallery Trust and at Nuffield Health, Cambridge Hospital.
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