I am a designer and printmaker based in Wigtown. Specialising in relief and silkscreen printing processes, my work is inspired by the past, thrown away and preloved – objects which were once treasured or had purpose but since been discarded and no longer needed. I hope to find the beauty in these objects and the pasts we’ve left behind and produce contemporary prints, textiles and book forms that engage with the modern viewer.
As I become increasingly concerned about the impact of our “throw away” culture, I hope that through my work others will see the beauty in the objects around them and have a desire to preserve our heritage and landscape.
This video shows the first part of the process I use to create my handprinted, hand bound sketchbooks. It follows the journey from finding my source material to creating the print used for the basis of my design.
Tools & Materials
My home studio is a bright and airy room situated in Craigard Gallery, a Georgian property in the heart of the town. Prominent features of my space include my drying rack and presses: a vacuum screen printing press; an etching press and a vintage book press. Usually an untidy hive of activity, my studio is often strewn with sketches, ideas and works in progress.
My home and studio are bursting with the ephemera which inspires me: typewriters, cameras and vintage tins found in antique shops and broken crockery, shells and feathers found on local walks. Many of these pieces have featured in my past and present work or are intended to be included in future prints.
Although I managed to continue with my practice throughout lockdown, the additional pressures of homeschooling four children have decreased the pace at which I have been working dramatically. As I emerge from this cocoon I am excited to plan for the months ahead. I hope to continue with a pre-lockdown project I started called “The Conscious Artist” in which my growing awareness of environmental ethics are leading me to explore the possibilities of creating my own papers, printing inks, pigments and brushes using locally foraged resources. I was grateful to receive an award from
VACMA to help fund these developments and look forward to progressing this study over the coming months.
Over the course of Spring Fling weekend I will I will go live every day at 2pm on my Instagram Stories to showcase different pieces of my work and answer any questions you might have.
My work can be purchased directly via the online shop on my website. I also have work in the SF online exhibition. If you would like to visit my studio, my opening hours can be found on my website. Please contact me to visit my studio out with these times.
Our online studio pages give you a chance to learn about each artist, see their work, watch video tours and demos and connect with them online. You can also purchase work, either directly from the artist or on the Spring Fling shop.