Print Room Drips
I had a free-range childhood growing up in Africa and at school in art classes we learnt Batik (using dyes and wax resist on fabric) and were encouraged to draw fantastical vegetables rather than facsimilies. These opportunities definitely influenced my aesthetic outlook.
Coming to Britain I trained as a textile designer (BA Hons, Leicester Polytechnic), and then moved to London and worked as an editorial stylist in fashion and interiors. From there I moved to the design and development of home interiors products for an international retail brand. I recently went back to college (London School of Art, City & Guilds) and studied an MA in Fine Art. My final project for that included making a series of etchings which showed me new ways of making images and rekindled an interest in mark making and experimental printing.
I have exhibited and sold my work in many open studio events in London and around the country, at the Mall Galleries and with the Printmakers' Council. I have been selected as a finalist for the "Inspired By" series curated by the V&A. I am also a member of Southbank Printmakers, an artist run gallery on the Southbank in London.
I think drawing is fundamental to an art practice and it’s a good way to understand how an image works, but that understanding and the expectations it creates are often confounded by the results of the printmaking process: there are surprises to be had every time a new print is revealed, and things to be learnt from the results so that one piece of work leads to another. I love the experimental possibilities of mixing different types of print making and having original work for collaging.
The imagery I use often comes from the natural world and the details of the colours, marks and patterns of it that have caught my attention. I take a lot of photos which I return to for reference and inspiration. Sometimes I use nature directly such as the silhouettes of leaves and grasses in a screen print positive, or by etching their impression onto a soft ground plate, or using the patterns in marble to recreate an imaginary landscape for a screen print. Recently I have combined these ideas with imagery that has inspired me from the Renaissance, such as Cranach's Venus.