‘This is a beautiful stand with exquisite work – well done’ a much appreciated comment from an early visitor to the Fruitmarket event.
The Edinburgh Bookfair was a great opportunity to show off my books of relief prints that I have been making over the past few years, along side sculptural maquette’s of unfolding wire lines and constructed wire fabrics which have inspired the prints.
Some works are still for sale: Wandering line books A6 & A7 (black & white) £26
positive and negative line prints
Constructed fabric print books A6 £30
Recycled Scrap Books A6 £15
All prices include P & P in the UK, e mail for posting prices abroad
After months away from the printing press I have spent the last two days indulging in examining and printing a beautiful array of seaweed samples that I collected on the west coast of Ross-shire and Sutherland whist I was undertaking research into beach litter for my Littoral art project.
Seaweeds have so many similarities with the botanical forms that I have worked with that I decided to find out more about them by taking an introductory course in Seaweeds at the University of Edinburgh
In the six weeks of study we began to glimpse the extraordinary range of seaweeds around our shorelines and started to understand the categorisations of the algae washed up on beaches we know.
As with botanical prints pressing samples carefully is extremely important, even more so with the fine seaweeds that don’t have a strong internal structure. I began experimenting ways of pressing and preserving seaweeds for printing. The seaweeds in these prints are all from the Loch Broom area.
The wracks seen here print well being strong enough to take a firm pressure through the rollers, while the finer more delicate seaweeds need a damper paper and less pressure to achieve a good print.
These prints have been made as rewards for crowd funding sponsors of my littoral art project and as such I decided to print them on sustainable paper using Khadi paper (recycled fabric fibre) and newspaper in keeping with the underpinning project message that we need to use less and to recycle more to help maintain a resilient environment.
Tomorrow they will be being packaged up and posted to my sponsors. I hope you like them! Seaweed prints made for sale will be posted soon.
Askew prints is an exciting new venture I am in the process of setting up to show the paper & print works I am creating, all of which are for sale . So if you see anything you like just email me email@example.com
Most of my time as an artist is spent making sculptures & installations www.julia-barton.co.uk on the streets, in theatres, parks and gardens, so its wonderful to take time to play in the studio on a smaller scale. Having always loved mono-printing from objects and pressed flowers I invested in a roller press to enable me to make relief prints.
The results I am now achieving a year later are so exciting.
Fascinated by line and texture I began by printing a series of wire drawings, gradually understanding the pressure required for different thicknesses of materials the effects achieved are beautifully embossed. Take a look
Texture and surface detail are an essential element of my work which I am now translating into print. The results of which I am compiling into sample books.