Printfest 2017 – Ulverston UK

I had a fabulous day visiting the Printfest exhibition in Ulverston this Saturday accompanied by fellow printmaker Clare Phelan.

The range and quality of the work that was on exhibition was very impressive. The venue itself  well designed and set up. Walking around it was an enjoyable experience.

There are links to a number of the exhibition printmakers websites included on this page so please do check them out.

Highlights

The highlights for me were the work of Fouzia Zafar – Printmakers Printmaker. She has a fascinating approach to printmaking, and generates work which is emotional and evocative. A couple of her prints can be seen here : website

It was really great to meet Jason Hicklin, Printmaker of the Year, who was actually  one of Fouzia Zafar’s tutors. http://www.jasonhicklin.com. Jason will be speaking as a guest tutor in a few weeks time down at Hot Bed Press. I am looking forward to gleaning some top etching tips from him. I will be doing a blog entry on this session too.

Printmakers to add to my watch list

Joanna Bourne – Newcastle based printmaker who’s work we,(Clare Phelan, Suzy Robson and I), admired at the Reghed print exhibition. She uses such lovely understated muted colours that give her work a real dreamy soft atmosphere.  Clare couldn’t resist a wee purchase from this printmaker to take home.

Annwyn Dean – Embroider, Book Artist & printmaker . I loved this work, and couldn’t help but think of Barbara Johns, a fellow printmaker at Hot Bed. I will pass this link on to her. You can look at her work on her website http://www.annwyndean.com/#jp-carousel-2221

Alex Mcintosh – Printmaker / Photographer pushing photoetching to new heights and creating new worlds to fall into! Definitely one to watch.

Something different

Now here is a different approach  – In dialog is two artists : Carol Pairaudeau and Paula Gamble-Schwarz .They explain that they are “ involved in an ongoing drawing conversation. Starting with an agreed theme, the artists independently begin to develop their response to the theme, working in a range of media. However, before the work reaches a conclusion the two artists exchange work. Without discussion, leaving each piece they exchange to speak for itself. Each artist then works directly on the piece that they have received. This exchange process continues until one of the artists feels that a piece of work is complete. The work is then framed and presented, rather than exchanged.”

Anja Percival creates moody, photorealist etchings with her own approach to etching see :  A Plate Etch in Progress

Chris Salmon  creates such beautiful etched images, not cheesy or cute despite often depicting cats dogs goats & children. I fell in love with the image of his big cat, George, a girl cat of course. She has such a fab expression. An etching titled ‘Pole cats’ was another favourite, but its an old & popular etching and I think he’s only one left. I have seen it before, at a close friends house. I tempted to break into my savings.

Loads of other fabulous artists – check out the line up:  http://printfest.uk/printfest-2017/printfest-2017-line-up/

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