My prints explore the tender and mischievous relationship I have with the world I inhabit.
I seek character in my subjects which are drawn straight from nature and where birds feature frequently.
Often as not I choose the discipline of screen printing to portray my affection for my present pre-occupations.
With minimal planning and great patience, I build my images with layer after layer of impulsive marks created by cut and torn paper stencils which create in themselves marks and spaces as the ink soaks into the paper.
Each layer informs the next layer; my colours are intuitive and soft registration creates sensations of movement and fragility. I use photo stencils frugally in the build of my images.
No image is the entirely the same within the short editions I produce; they all have their own character.
The project originated at the Regional Print Centre Symposium in 2017 following and inspired by a presentation from The Common Ground Project of Jason Hicklin, Greg Fuller and Tracy Hill
The project grew from shared conversations with two members about the stories that their walks were uncovering about the area around Pontblyddyn and the Hartsheath estate.
Four more members joined the original two to take a monthly walk together over a year and to originate a printmaking project.
Research was undertaken through literature, the local Records Office, online through the National Library of Wales and collecting personal and verbal histories through conversations with people from the local area. The project team used the research, the time spent walking through the landscape, conversations, field notes and sketches to develop a deeper understanding of it and to inform the artwork.
A group presentation was made on the Hartsheath Project, at the Regional Print Centre’s Symposium in February 2018
The group defined its objectives to be:
As a group exploring a defined landscape in order to make individual expressions in print media.
The landscape being Pontblyddyn with Hartsheath as its centre.
Present an exhibition of work at the Hartsheath Summer Fete and another at Theatre Clwyd in December 2018.
At the summer fete over a hundred people visited the exhibition of the groups work, many of the visitors prompted by the images they saw recollected memories of the estate and local history. The group also demonstrated printmaking and supported members of the public to make prints.
The project has made active links with the local history group and the community of Pontblyddyn and Pont y bodkin.
The resulting work was curated to sit together in the Theatr Clwyd exhibition which ran through December 2018 and into January 2019
The group also exhibited the framed work at The Hartsheath Summer Fair in 2019
Three of the members have started another walking project with print makers over the border in England and are making work from their walks