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I graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2003 and went into digital illustration as well as working part time in secondary education. It was in 2006 that I first learned about the process of collagraphy and was instantly hooked! Later I reinvented my computer-based illustration skills in the form of pattern design and thus my work now combines two very different creative disciplines: intaglio collagraph printmaking and digital pattern design.
I use my pattern designs as ‘chine-collé’, which is an additional printmaking process involving the lamination of extra layers of paper onto each print as it is passed through the press – a beautiful vintage mangle-press I converted myself from a rusted old heap of iron during the winter of 2009/10. I keep my print runs small and name each edition after the pattern designs featured.
Whilst the main emphasis of my work is the East Anglian coastline, long-term I plan to extend my work to represent a variety of inland scenes and coastal areas further afield. I have already made research trips to Cornwall and the Northumbrian coastline and am quite excited at the variety of wonderful and often very unusual and iconic scenery that awaits me!
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