Our business has developed to offer Specialist printmaking workshops, the sale of our Gunning Etching presses, various printmaking materials as well as showcasing myself (Jenny) and many other printmakers and artists work in our fantastic art gallery, framers and printmaking studios here in Ironbridge, Shropshire.
Myself and my team are lucky enough to spend most of our week talking to many of you incredible printmakers. As well as discussing our presses and services. We get the chance to listen to you printmakers hearing about your work, listening to your feedback. How you are all printing is so important to us as business. We love hearing your feedback and what you all get up to!
I have been lucky enough to to have started my printmaking journey from the age of 7 years old. My journey started from my farther Dave Gunning the designer of our original beloved Gunning Etching press which he designed 41 years ago. Dave Gunning was and still is a fabulous printmaker with his work featured in major collections all around the world including the current Queen’s collection.
After learning the art of printmaking through out my child hood with my farther. I headed of to University were I studied a specialist printmaking degree were I perfected my skill and love for etching.
Once graduating I had hoped and expected my farther to provide me with a role in his company, oh was I wrong! My farther refused to give me a role saying “you will never forgive me”. He wanted me to work hard and have the satisfaction of achieving my own goals and dreams on my own two feet. So I set up and opened my own gallery were I had to learn and adapt as I went, for example I had to train myself in website management, basic accounting, and even framing!!
Many years later I have built an incredible business with the help and support of my incredible sister Sarah. Sarah with the help her incredible staff members Ryan and Georgie work as a team to run and manage our huge gallery exhibitions, bespoke framing and giclee printing and scanning services. Meanwhile I run the printmaking side of the business with the help my incredible team. Myself and Ellie greet all of you lovely printmakers here at the gallery discussing all thing printmaking and Gunning Etching presses. Whilst my husband Dave and Nathan are busy away building & delivering all of our lovely Gunning etching presses, hotplates, Aquatint boxes and more…
I am one of our lucky printmakers to be a permanent feature on our gallery walls as well as being lucky enough to exhibit and win awards for my art work. I have always loved to travel and draw, I am often inspired by abandoned buildings.I was just 13 when I first found myself breaking into an abandoned building, spending 100’s of hours drawing and capturing the way natures had reclaimed itself and taken over the decaying building. Etching is often my preferred form of printmaking as well as other forms of printmaking. I want everyone to know what that print special reveal feels like! I absolutely love everything printmaking I take on huge commissions and complete editions too.
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All the best,
Jenny & The Team!
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If you have read to the bottom of this blog you are entitled to a free gift, please email Jenny@IronbridgefineArts.co.uk with your preferred printing Relief or Intaglio to claim. Postage of £6.99 will still apply.