Sometimes when I have a project deadline to work to I think I cannot possibly come up with viable ideas. However, just lately I am beginning to realise that these deadlines and projects are essential in motivating me to produce work.
At Birmingham Printmakers some of us decided to take part in a print exchange titled 20:20 organised by Hot Bed Press, Printmakers Studios in Manchester. The idea is that each printmaker taking part produces 24 prints that are on paper 20cm x 20cm. Each artist will then receive a portfolio of one of their own prints plus 19 other prints selected at random and no artist will receive an identical portfolio.
I decided to base my idea on Ditherington Flax Mill near Shrewsbury which is in the process of being conserved by English Heritage along with other partners. The above is a preliminary print I made onto cartridge paper to see if my sketches were working out. The next stage was to mix up a colour for a background sky and print onto Somerset Printmaking Paper:
Printing the next layer of grey for the building:
I am very pleased with the result of this days printing, even though there were a few challenges along the way: