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. Working as an exhibition assistant for a Japanese Contemporary Print Gallery (Hanga Ten) in London 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 the 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.

At first I explored my interest in Japanese printmakers such as Hamanishi, Katsunori, Tanaka Ryohei, and Daniel Kelly. From 2013 - 2017 I explored Japanese themes looking at fabrics and self identification through my work. In 2017 I started an MA in Illustration at Falmouth University where my work looked deeper at my own experiences and journies through the last few years, culminating in my self published book 'Overwritten'.

I exhibit every year with John Howard's Studio and the fantastic group of printmakers who work from the studio.

Image ©Holly Charles Photography

My first exhibition in St. Ives at the Crypt Gallery with John Howard Print Studios