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I’ve been busy!

20 May

I have been really slack at updating my blog lately, but just wanted to show what I have been doing so far this year, on top of teaching and planning new and exciting things at Print to the People (watch this space! http://printtothepeople.com/home)

I have been working on four new etchings, two of which will be on show at this years Norfolk Show. I am working on two copper etchings that will accompany ‘Aidan’s Studio’, these are of closer studies of his workshop and are a combination of hard and soft ground etching techniques. I’ve also just finished two zinc etchings that are part of a new ongoing series of work based on old photos of family in Ireland in the 1930s.

‘A Grand Day Out’ and ‘A Grand Day Out #2’  are now available to buy:£70 mounted, £90 framed – i’ll put them in my portfolio and will also try to get my Etsy shop going again…



24 Mar

Printmaking Courses at Wensum Lodge, King Street, Norwich!

https://enrol.norfolk.gov.uk/  … Just type ‘printmaking’ into the key word box!!


Summer Term and from September:

Intaglio for Beginners – Dry point and etching:

Monday evenings 6-8pm 12 weeks

Printmaking Intermediate – Monoprint, lino cut, collagaraph and drypoint

Tuesday afternoons 3-5pm 12 weeks

Summer Term only: 

Lev 1 Printmaking – Accredited course covering design, sampling, monoprint, collagraph, lino cut

Friday afternoons 3-6pm 12 weeks

From September:

Lino Cut for Beginners – single and reductive lino cut

Monday afternoons 2-4pm 12 weeks

Level 2 Printmaking – Accredited course covering research for design, sampling techniques, collagraph and lino cut

Tuesday evenings 6.30-9.30 pm 37 weeks (1 year)

Level 3 C & G Printmaking – Accredited course covering research for design, sampling techniques, drypoint and multiple block lino cut

Friday mornings 9am-1pm 37 weeks (1 year)

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8 Mar


I’m so excited to be able to say that I have been invited to take part in this year’s Norwich Print Fair! The exhibition takes place over two weeks every September and is dedicated to promoting the ‘original print’ (in other words ‘getting your hands dirty’!) This year is the 20th anniversary of the show and so it’s going to be quite an event with around 30 exhibitors, live demonstrations and even a celebratory book!

I last took part in the Print Fair in 2012 and since then I have produced quite a variety of new work due to teaching different methods at Wensum Lodge! I am quite glad to have had the last two years to build on my knowledge of different printmaking processes and develop my own practice!  In time for the fair I will hopefully have my latest mezzotint completed as part of a new series of work as well as a portfolio of etchings, drypoints, mezzotints, collagraphs and lino cuts – old and new!

There’s nothing like an exhibition to get you motivated to make new work, and even though I’ve already made a pretty good start this year, I’m going to do my best to get down to the workshop as much as possible over the coming months! Watch this space and thanks for reading! L


Time for a Mezzotint

16 Feb

WP_20150214_003 Just a quick up date to show the beginnings of a new project that will involve a series of intaglio prints including etching, drypoint and finally a new mezzotint! I will also continue to explore combining printmaking methods such as monoprint and etching.

I have taken a proof of my newly rocked plate and although you are not supposed to print a mezzotint too many times before the final result I want to be able to use the proofing process to demonstrate this long winded process and possibly exhibit it at its different stages later this year.


My new work is currently based around ‘tools of the trade’ and an artist’s organised mess so I will be using images that I took while assisting the late Aidan Kirkpatrick in his workshop and also intend to visit various workshops and studios to draw further inspiration. Watch this space and thanks for reading! L

Christmas Cards For Sale!!

9 Dec

I’ve been busy preparing new Christmas card designs for this year! They are now available so let me know if you would like either some single cards for £1.50 each or a set of 6 for £6!!


I also still have some limited stock of last years’ card too for the same price, as well as sets of hand printed decorations for £8!




20 Nov

There are two leisure courses in printmaking starting up again at Wensum Lodge ( King Street, Norwich ) from the 5th of January 2015! This includes the new course ‘INTAGLIO FOR BEGINNERS’ which started up this term and has been a great success (see images below of some of the prints produced!)

LINK (Just type PRINTMAKING into the key word search and check how many places are left)


You can enrol online or by calling this number 0344 800 8020


Focussing on engraving and etching techniques, this course offers the opportunity to develop your drawing skills in to print.  You will be using drypoint tools to engrave rhenalon and aluminium and also shown various techniques using environmentally friendly methods of printing.  Not only this, you can also try both hard ground and soft ground etching on zinc – a more complicated process but with professional and saleable results!

The course takes place on Monday evenings between 6 and 8pm and will run for 11 weeks! This course filled up quickly last time so make sure you enrol soon! (It could even be a great Christmas present?!)


An opportunity to try four different printmaking methods including monoprint, lino cut, collagraph and drypoint, this course is a great introduction to various techniques and processes.  It is perfect for both complete beginners as well as those who already have some experience!  You can take advantage of the facilities and develop your own style and way of working with the support of the tutor (me) and others in the group!

The course takes place on Tuesday afternoons between 3 and 5 pm and also runs for 11 weeks! Make sure you sign up as there are some regulars who come back every term so places fill up super quick!

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Thanks for reading! Please share with any one who may be interested!


The Aidan Kirkpatrick Studio

12 May

I vaguely mentioned before now that I have been assisting 82 year old artist-printmaker, Aidan Kirkpatrick, since November 2013. He contacted me through the Norwich Art School to find someone who could help with an order of prints and I have felt very honoured to have the opportunity to work with such an experienced artist. Aidan used to teach etching at Langley School and since retiring several years ago has successfully continued with his own practice, exhibiting throughout the country and also particularly in Bruges – as depicted in many of his works.

I have learnt several new techniques while working with Aidan, for example using a ‘dolly’ to spread the ink across the copper plate, this is when you take a small ball of cotton wool and wrap it in a piece of soft scrim – tying it at the neck with a bit of string or masking tape. I have also been shown how to cut a mount, the best way to dry prints, how to remove unwanted marks and how to cut glass!

I assisted Aidan with an order of around 30 prints, which we completed a few weeks ago. These mostly were his etchings of Bruges as they were then sent off to his contact out there. Since finishing the order, Aidan has kindly let me use his workshop and as it is out in the country, I intend to spend some sunny days producing more work over the summer.

Below are some images of The Aidan Kirkpatrick Studio and Gallery in Loddon, if you pass it – go and have a look!