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Anthea Wood Ironbridge fine arts Blog Feature

Gunning Press Printmaker of the week- Anthea Wood

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the wonderful Anthea Wood. Anthea is a printmaker based in Northumberland. Anthea has a love for both Collograph’s and lino-cut she often captures inspiration from her surroundings.

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Tell us about yourself…

“I recently moved to Northumberland with my husband and daughter having set up my art business in lockdown 2020. I worked at a large corporation for about 10 yrs previously and left the company at the same time that I fell pregnant; it was time to pursue a different path. I wondered what I could achieve if I put my efforts into delivering my own ideas rather than spending all that energy making other people’s projects happen! I was very creative and arty as a youngster and spent a lot of my twenties drawing and painting – often commission requests for birthdays and gifts. I probably hadn’t picked up a paintbrush for 10 years before covid hit so it was a pleasant surprise to find out that I still had a creative streak. Now I can’t imagine a day when I don’t create something.”

How did you or your organization get into printmaking?

“When my daughter was three months old, I treated myself to a day’s linoprint workshop at Kate Humble’s farm. I’m not sure why I chose linoprint to be honest – maybe because I thought it would give me a process to follow as I was feeling pretty rusty when it came to painting or drawing something. It was so wonderful to have a whole day to myself and learn something new. As normal, I over-complicated my design and didn’t manage to finish my piece but I loved the process all the same. I went on another course 6 months later and cut myself with a cutting tool – another unfinished lino!! Not an auspicious start but I was hooked all the same!”

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How would you describe your artwork?

I would describe my style as illustrative but also quite adaptable; it is my challenge to see where and how I can develop that style into something a little more untamed. Northumberland is the perfect place! I tend to lean towards capturing the landscapes surrounding me.

How do you plan to take your artwork forward?

Anthea Wood Ironbridge fine arts Blog FeatureMoving to Northumberland meant I had to ‘start again’ with establishing my art but the local community are wonderfully welcoming and there have been opportunities around every corner. I really hope I can embrace this and use my art to contribute to both community initiatives and the local economy. I want to develop my Ingram series and offer up landscape workshops where people can come and create prints based on their visit to the area. I recently set up a Children’s Art club called Inky Fingers earlier this year and this has been a great stepping stone to giving me confidence to help other people get creative. It’s also been lovely to see the children’s faces as they learn to create a piece of art.

 

Why did you feel a Gunning Etching press was the best fit for you and your artwork?

If I’m really honest, I didn’t do much researchAnthea Wood Ironbridge fine arts Blog Feature as I had experienced the press first hand at a workshop with Jenny; the existing list of professional printmakers using the press is also a good testimony! Shelley Wingrove (a wonderful printmaker based in Much Wenlock) first told me about Ironbridge Printmakers and I felt privileged to (at the time) live so close to this family run business set in an incredible town steeped in industry and history. The fact that the press was designed by a local master printmaker, is manufactured and produced by a family business and has been developed over decades is enough for me. Also, Jenny is incredibly generous with her knowledge and expertise so I know that there is support there if I need it. I have had to call her several times for printing support and she has always been at the end of a phone.

What’s your favourite feature on the Gunning Etching press that helps your printmaking process?

The reg bed is up there with the best thing since sliced bread. I even commissioned a second white reg-bed runner to sit on my surfaces so that I can ink up and measure up with ease. The ship-like wheel is also fantastic; having started off with the star shaped wheel, getting the round one has been a game changer and saved my dodgy shoulder from over-reach.

What do your staff/students enjoy printing on your Gunning Etching press?

Anthea Wood Ironbridge fine arts Blog FeatureI have started studio workshops where workshop guests get to try out the press as well as hand burnishing techniques. They are really enjoying the experience of using the press and although most of my workshops are aimed at beginners, they take to the press very quickly. 

Most printmakers have a name for their press, does your Gunning etching press have a nickname?

Nope. Sorry to disappoint! But we do call the round turning handle the ‘Captain’s Wheel’ as my daughter likes to turn it for me. We pretend she is steering a ship!

What would you say to someone thinking about purchasing a Gunning etching press? anethea wood autumn chorus

Definitely see one in action first and get a workshop if possible. I found my day’s workshop with Jenny so useful. I got full use of a press whilst Jenny gave me tutiation in anything I wanted to know about printmaking. The press comes with a brilliant manual which has been so handy when setting up to print; it really does include every detail.

Where can our readers find your work? 

  • Original paintings and prints at the Ingram Café in the Breamish Valley
  • Online shop at amwoodart.co.uk
  • Part of the Northern Artists association, The Tin Shed
  • A regular member of the Etal Village Art Fairs

To see more off  Anthea’s work you can find her at…

Website: https://www.amwoodart.co.uk/

Instagram: @amwood_art

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

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Gunning press printmakers of the week- Jane Spink

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the wonderfully talented Jane who run’s Inky dog studio’s, the owner of a Gunning press Number 1 Direct drive. We sat down with Jane to understand why she loves printmaking on her Gunning press.Me and Hens

Tell us about yourself…

“My name is Jane Spink. I am an artist who likes to work with printmaking techniques.
I’ve loved nature from early childhood and this is the main inspiration for my art. I
work from my 2nd floor home studio in Essex. It’s a fairly small space, but I have a
wonderful view of a windmill! I walk daily in a National Trust owned area close to my
home, where I gather ideas and images to use in my work.”


How did you or your organization get into printmaking?

Collagraph reveal“I originally trained as a Textile Designer at Art School and focused heavily on surface
decoration, shapes and colour. Many years later, whilst working as an Art Teacher, I
decided to use simple printmaking techniques with my pupils. I loved the process and
the strong, graphic results and decided to use the techniques in my own work. The
rest is history!”

How would you describe your artwork? 

“I like to work with different techniques, including collage, linocut and cyanotype either separately or together as mixedmedia. I also experiment with monotype and
collagraph, but still have much to learn about these techniques! My favourite printmaking technique is linocut as it is a relatively straight foward process and also quite versatile to use. I like to work in smallmedium scale and most of my work
depicts birds, insects, mammals and botanical subjects in varying combinations. I enjoy the challenge of fine detail and this often comes across in the pieces I make.”

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How do you plan to take your artwork forward?


“I am constantly learning and developing as an artist, refining my skills and
experimenting with new ones. I also enjoy taking photographs and I frequently use
the images I capture as source and inspiration for my prints. I am working to develop
my photography skills which will naturally feed the development of my printmaking.
I have started working more with monotype and collagraph and definitely aim to
develop my use of these processes in my artwork. I am currently writing a book on
linocut printing, which I am very excited about! I am really enjoying the challenge of
creating inspiring linocut projects for my readers to learn from and develop their own
skills. The book is due to be published at the start of 2024.”


Why did you feel a Gunning Etching press was the best fit for you and your artwork?

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“I initially handburnished all of my linocut prints before I decided to invest in a
printing press. Prior to purchasing my Gunning Etching press, I used a little wooden
book press, and more recently a larger wooden with which I could achieve greater
pressure and make bigger work. However, I have always loved the idea of having a
traditional etching press and because I wanted to work with intaglio processes as well
as lino, this was the perfect reason to take the plunge! After doing some research and
asking other printmakers, I settled on my Gunning press. The No. 1 Etching press (A3
size) is perfect for me with my limited space by far my best purchase in recent years!”


What’s your favorite feature on the Gunning Etching press that helps your printmaking process?


“This has got to be the lovely turning wheel! It’s so easy to operate smoothly and looks
absolutely wonderful in my studio. I have the press standing in the window and often
catch passersby staring up at it! I also love the registration bed so useful and I’m
really glad I asked for this option to be included!”


What would you say to someone thinking about purchasing a Gunning etching press?Hens reveal


“I would recommend without hesitation. The presses are wonderful to look at and to
use and the customer service is second to none! Jenny drove my press all the way
from Shropshire down to Essex and then set it up for me and a few months later
when I was having a little trouble (due to my own inexperience!), Dave drove down to
Rayleigh and resolved my issues I really couldn’t ask for more!”


Any other comments you would like to share with our blog readers?

Me and press 1“These are excellent presses and can deal wonderfully with just about any printmaking
processes you wish to throw at them! If, like me, you are new to using an etching
press, please allow some time for the inevitable learning curve. The process of using
an etching press is very different to other presses but patience will pay off and you
will soon be making amazing quality prints!”

To see more off Jane’s work you can find her at…

Website: www.inkydogstudio.com
Instagram: @inkydogstudio

TikTok: @inkydog_studio

 

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

 

Tag us using the Hashtags…

@Ironbridgeprintmakers @Gunningetchingpress #GunningEtchingPresses  #GunningEtchingPress #JennyGunningPrintmaker

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.

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Jenny Gunning – Style…

Style… ⁠ ⁠

I think as a business and personally, our massive love and passion for all things printmaking comes through, as this is what founded the business way back when my Father (Dave Gunning) started etching and printmaking when he was a young degree student! ⁠ ⁠Drypoint workshop with Jenny Gunning

We are practising full time printmakers and we love love what we do here in Ironbridge, Shropshire. We hand build our Gunning Etching presses and studio equipment here as well and have done since 1980.

 

My Style – I am a specialist printmaker.⁠ I make plates, exhibit, sell and teach the following… drypoint, collagraph’s, lino, woodcut, reductions, editioning, registering, etching, photo-etching using photopolymer, emulsion and solar plates and dry-film, monotype and monoprinting.⁠

Gunning Etching Press with Artwork by Jenny Gunning

I am firstly an etcher and I love copper, zinc, steel and Aluminium and all the different aquatints, acids and mordents that can be used to make plates. ⁠ In my incredibly designed studio I can do any form of printmaking I like and I love and appreciate that so much! ⁠

 

I have so so many customers coming in to try all the different presses we sell so they can choose the right one for them and its great having everything at hand and ready to go.

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I love the printmaking community as well and I love to share…to get as many people printmaking as possible…⁠ ⁠ Thanks for listening and if any of you would like any more info about my work or our Gunning Etching presses and equipment, my work or the workshops, gallery, exhibitions and anything else we do then just get in touch. ⁠

 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

Happy Printmaking!

 

All the best,

 

Jenny & The Team!

 

Tag us using the Hashtags…

 

@Ironbridgeprintmakers @Gunningetchingpress #GunningEtchingPresses  #GunningEtchingPress #JennyGunningPrintmaker

 

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.