Before I throw myself fully into producing work for the Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, for their 'Turner, Northern Exposure' exhibition which starts early next year, and as serious studio time has proved tricky with our house move and renovation, I thought I'd use November to experiment with a new technique while also helping a fantastic local charity at Christmas-time.
Each bird is a unique hand-drawn, hand-printed monotype and is for sale at £150 with one third of all sales going to Supporting Older People.
To buy the prints CLICK HERE... go on, buy a Christmas gift that will keep on giving!
What is a Monotype?
Monotype is a method of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. This surface was historically a copper etching plate but, in contemporary work, it can vary from zinc or glass to acrylic glass. Mine are drawn with water-soluble coloured pencils onto drafting film (normally used in silkscreen printing). The image is then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together, usually using a printing press.
Monotypes are unique prints as most of the drawing is removed during the initial pressing. Although subsequent reprintings are sometimes possible, they differ greatly from the first print and are generally considered inferior, hence being called 'ghost prints'.
Why Supporting Older People?
My partner, Elizabeth, and I recently lost our fathers within nine months of each other. Witnessing the loneliness of those left behind at first hand has really made me appreciate the fantastic work the charity Supporting Older People does by befriending so many vulnerable and isolated people locally. If the money raised through the sale of these birds can help put a smile on a few of these older people's faces, I'll be delighted.
Find out more about the fantastic work they do by CLICKING HERE.