Image ©Holly Charles Photography

"I like the element of surprise that comes from working straight onto a plate or board without initial drawings. I can see the image in my mind and I'm always fascinated by how this is translated by my hands. I never under estimate how beautiful simple marks or mistakes can be."


EXHIBITIONS

August - October 2020

Lymnans · Bodega Bijou · Falmouth

May 2020

Open Call · Far and Wild Gallery [Online]. Perranporth

November 2019 - January 2020

Imagine: 2019 · Falmouth Art Gallery · Falmouth

October 2019

Prints from the Studio (John Howard Print Studios Annual Show) · The Poly · Falmouth

Affordable Art Fair · Hanga Ten (browsers) · Battersea, London

Book Launch for Savage Lovely Cornish Homes · Falmouth Art Gallery · Falmouth

September 2019

Breeze Art Fair · Trereife House · Penzance

August 2019

At the Deep End - MA Illustration: Authorial Practice End of Year Show · Falmouth University · Falmouth

January 2019

Chaos · John Howard Print Studios · Penryn

October 2018

Prints from the Studio (John Howard Print Studios Annual Show) · The Poly · Falmouth

Affordable Art Fair · Hanga Ten (browsers) · Battersea, London

October 2017

Prints from the Studio (John Howard Print Studios Annual Show) · The Poly · Falmouth

Affordable Art Fair · Hanga Ten (browsers) · Battersea, London

August 2017

The Poly Members' Annual Summer Exhibition · The Poly · Falmouth

February 2017

Works on Paper (with Hanga Ten Gallery in the browsers) · Royal Geographical Society · Kensington, London

October 2016

Prints from the Studio (John Howard Print Studios Annual Show) · The Poly · Falmouth

Affordable Art Fair · Hanga Ten (browsers) · Battersea, London

June 2016

Prints from the Studio (John Howard Print Studios Annual Show) · The Crypt · St. Ives

February 2016

Works on Paper (with Hanga Ten Gallery in the browsers) · Science Museum · Kensington, London

December 2015

Prints from the Studio (John Howard Print Studios Annual Show) · The Poly · Falmouth

May 2015

Associates of the Penwith Society of Artists · Penwith Gallery · St. Ives

April 2015

Prints from the Studio (John Howard Print Studios Annual Show) · The Crypt · St. Ives

February 2015

Associates Spring Exhibition · Penwith Gallery · St. Ives

Works on Paper (with Hanga Ten Gallery in the browsers) · Science Museum · Kensington, London

December 2014

Associates Winter Exhibition · Penwith Gallery · St. Ives

October 2014

Prints from the Studio (John Howard Print Studios Annual Show) · The Poly · Falmouth

Affordable Art Fair · Hanga Ten (browsers) · Battersea, London

August 2014

Prints from the Studio (John Howard Print Studios Annual Show) · The Crypt · St. Ives

First exhibition with John Howard Print Studios at the Crypt in St. Ives (2014)

EDUCATION

2017 - 2019

MA Illustration: Authorial Practice (with distinction) · Falmouth University · Falmouth

2012 - 2013

PGCE in Lifelong Learning · Cornwall College, · Pool

2004 - 2007

BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design · University of Wales Trinity Saint David · Swansea

2003 - 2004

Foundation Art and Design · Falmouth University · Falmouth

Savage Lovely Cornish Homes Book Launch (2019) ©FalWriting


Click on image for full article from FalWriting covering the launch

PUBLICATIONS

October 2019

Savage Lovely Cornish Homes (illustrator) · Written by Xan Brooks · Published by the National Trust

August 2019

Overwritten · Writer and Illustrator · Self Published


BIOGRAPHY

In 2013 I discovered John Howard's Print Studio on the river in Penryn after many a disasterous attempt to rekindle my screenprinting and surface design skills at home.


I had been working as an exhibition assistant for a Japanese Contemporary Print Gallery (Hanga Ten) in London since 2011 and I was fascinated by a new world of techniques I had not considered before. At the time I was desperately searching for a way of working that would satisfy my style; technical, messy, expressive and detailed.


After seeing someone etching in John's studio I asked John to show me more and have been learning and honing my knowledge of etching, aquatint and other intaglio print techniques ever since.

Image: Kimono no Kumo (Kimono with Clouds) 2014

I have been fascinated by Far Eastern & African Art since I was a child. My Grandparent's lived in Africa and China and their house was full of wonders they had collected. I studied Surface Design at University with a focus on the Western perspective of Japanese textiles and the general craze of Japonisme in Western Art. It was natural for me to look again to the East when I started printmaking.


At first I explored my interest in Japanese printmakers such as Hamanishi, Katsunori, Tanaka Ryohei, and Daniel Kelly. These artists work in a range of techniques from traditional etching to more explorative collage and woodblock and I have been lucky enough to meet two of them when they were exhibiting in London.


From 2013 - 2017 I explored Japanese themes looking specifically at fabrics and design. My first finished print "Kimono no Kumo" is a self portrait. Most of the women deplicated in my work come from photographs of me. Like many curvy women, I've grown up in a society that prizes thinness and artificial beauty and I was determined that my models are not perfect - fat arms, curves, natural forms. The anonimity of the models is deliberate; I draw the focus from the form with pattern and the boxy kimono fabric I base my garments on is the perfect vehicle. I am not exposing breasts or other 'assets' women are oggled for. I have struggled with my weight, including large breasts, my whole life and I like to think in some way I've accepted myself a lot more through this process.

Image: Otosan (Father) 2016

Between 2016 - 2019 my family suffered huge losses to cancer, dementia, old age and strokes. A week after my Grandfather's funeral in January 2020 my beloved lurcher Tika, who can be seen in much of my work, died after a short illness.


My work has always had an element of personal experience about it but during this time it became my therapy and my way of processing the sometimes constant feeling of the world around me crumbling.


In 2017, when I started an MA in Illustration at Falmouth University, my work looked deeper at my own experiences and journey through the last few years, culminating in my self published book 'Overwritten'. Writing this in June 2020 I can sometimes hardly believe the last few years that have passed.

In 2020 I started thinking about how I work and what I enjoy after working with one process (etching) for so long. I enjoy the process of creating the image a lot more than I enjoy printing in multiple and a lot of my etchings have colours or other elements to break up what I find to be a little monotonous.


To this end I looked to original pieces as my next step. I have also started working with monotypes and collage, a process I am thoroughly enjoying as it combines my love of print with original work. Monotypes are printed paintings; the artist works onto a plate (in my case aluminium) with printing inks, using all sorts of mark making tools to create an image. This is then printed. As there is no matrix the print is then a one off as the ink has been removed from the plate and the plate is cleaned ready for the next print.


In January I was commissioned to illustrate a new opera being debuted at the Snape Maltings Festival in June 2020 with my first solo exhibition running alongside the opera. I am using this opportunity to explore new materials and find my voice in this new medium. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the festival and the exhibition are currently on hold but please follow my instagram account to see my work in progress.