Alan Cameron

Printmaking / Sculpture / Wood & Willow • Orange Route • New in 2022

I am a graphic artist and printmaker, based in Galloway. Finding the graphic forms in nature is a way of exploring rhythms, patterns and structures found in different organic objects, extracting relationships between them through experiments in my print process.

Images of studio
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My Practice

Within my printmaking practice, I work primarily with local found and reclaimed timber. These are trees that have come down naturally. I have printed from trees found on the beach, that have been brought down in storms, and that friends have brought to the door step. The print surface is created by sanding and burning the cross section of the wood which lowers the soft rings of spring growth, leaving the harder winter growth raised.

Tools & Materials

My studio is around the back of my house. It’s a large shed built by the previous owner who was a wood sculptor. The initial stages of the process use a lot of sandpaper, followed by a large blowtorch. As I print by hand, I don’t have a large printing press, but a series of small tools I use to work the paper into the grooves of the wood. Primarily I use a heavy glass baron, but sometimes using a spoon or the bone folding tool is better for getting into the grain if it is particularly detailed.

Examples of work
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Spring Fling Activity

The old bike shed at the front will be set up as a gallery, showing both framed and unframed works, as well as the rounds of reclaimed wood they were printed from. I will also be doing live demonstrations on the process of burning the wood to reveal the natural grain. Visitors will be able to see the wood turn from rough sawn, to smooth sanded and then burned, which lowers the soft rings of Spring growth, leaving the harder winter growth raised. I will also be planting a native tree for every print sold during Spring Fling 2022.

Studio 57

Address

Flaxmere Cottage, Southwick, Dumfries, DG2 8AL

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Accessibility

I have a parking area that can accommodate 5 cars, my neighbours can let people park in their drive too which would allow 4 more. The gallery area is very accessible, no doors or steps. 3 steps into the studio.

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Disabled Parking
  • Stairs (3 steps up to front door)

Facilities

  • Toilet
  • Family Friendly
  • Parking (5 spaces)
  • Credit/debit cards accepted
  • Open through the year
  • Open through the year by appointment

Visiting my studio

I live in an old school that has a number of outbuildings, so everything would be relatively open air in order to make people as comfortable as possible with covid guidelines.

Evening Openings

Fri

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