Janette Wotherspoon, I developed my printmaking practice while studying Visual Arts at CAE, under the guidance of Jo Wilson and Tim Jones. With such good artists to influence me, it was natural to explore all print making techniques and find the one that suited my expression.
The texture of linocuts allows for depth and definition and gives my work a sense of sculpture and form but in a 2D print. For me, the ability to distort and influence the viewer’s impression of the artwork gives my work an undisclosed background and a little non-conformity to traditional prints. Working in textiles has produced patterning and repetition within my drawn artwork, which has then been transferred into printmaking images.
I am inspired by William Morris’s ability to produce perfect repeat patterns using botanical drawings and layers of colour. MC Escher’s use of geometry to produce mathematically perfect patterns I find intriguing with their intertwining and perfectly linked motifs that change depending on which way you look at the image and with the introduction of new colours. Currently I am working with textiles and producing original artworks, developed from drawings, digital images and original etchings onto fabrics.
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