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Caroline Erolin with No2

Gunning press printmakers of the week- Caroline Erolin

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the lovely Caroline Erolin who runs Erolin Studios. Caroline, the owner of a Gunning press Number 2 works from her home studio near Dundee, Scotland. Caroline’s work focuses on the natural world, especially animals and anatomy. She produces hand made traditional linocut prints and etchings. We sat down with Caroline to understand why she loves printmaking on her Gunning press.

Caroline Erolin with No2

Why did you choose to purchase a Gunning Etching press?

“I had started printing linocuts at first with a wooden spoon and then a relief press. However it was hard work and often didn’t give me quite the result I was hoping for in terms of even transfer of ink to the paper etc. I’d wanted a ‘proper’ press for a long time but always assumed they were out of my price range and too big and heavy for home use (especially in a relatively small space like I have). However, watching other printmakers on places like Instagram using etching presses at home made me reconsider. I researched a number of presses but kept coming back to Gunning. I knew of people online with these presses and could see the company was well established. Not only that but it was also clear that Jenny and Dave were both passionate about their work and would be available to answer any questions that I might have.”

What’s your favourite feature on the Gunning Etching press?

“That’s a tough one! One of the things I love most is that it’s really an ‘everything press’ not just an ‘etching press’. When I first bought it I was doing linocut prints which it works wonderfully for, and the range of runners available means I can adjust it according to whether the lino is mounted on another surface (which I do for reduction prints) or not. However more recently I have also started etching which of course it is also more than capable of printing too. It’s quick and easy to adjust the press to go between different media making it hugely versatile.”

How did you get into printmaking?Caroline Erolin- Fox in snow

“I first did printmaking on my art foundation course back in 1996/7 and absolutely loved it. I especially enjoyed etching – as someone who loves detailed work, the fine marks that were possible with etching were just wonderful. However, I wanted to be self-sufficient in my art practice and without a press at home (or prospects of affording one at that time) I felt it wasn’t for me. I went on to study fine art and illustration and eventually became a medical artist (my love of fine detail finding a natural home), a subject I now teach. However, I still longed to make my own work and try printmaking again. The recent catalyst behind taking it up again was moving house to somewhere where I finally had my own studio space. I could make art and not have to tidy it up before dinner! I’m not sure why, but after doing a few paintings that didn’t really excite me I made a linocut of a toad. In hindsight it wasn’t that great, but I loved it and was hooked (again)! I find the different processes involved in printmaking very appealing, the meditative nature of carving lino, even just cutting and preparing paper, it’s all very grounding. My spare time is now filled printmaking, both in lino and more recently etching.”

How would you describe your work? Caroline Erolin- Sleeping badgers

“I have a few different styles (which are influenced in part by which medium I’m using), although there is an overarching theme of nature and anatomy. Before becoming a medical artist, it was wildlife and animals that were my natural subject matter, and this is what I have returned to. Sometimes they just happen to have their anatomy on display! The creatures that I depict are often those more commonly overlooked, one of my favorite lino prints being of slugs for example! I often show part of the animals anatomy as this is a subject I find fascinating and just a much a part of creature as it’s external appearance. I like the effect this can achieve of the subject occupying a sort of liminal space between life and death. This was particularly successful in a recent etching I produced of my old cat Finnegan. Based on a portrait of him in life looking very handsome (he was a Maine coon) it was superimposed with the image of his skull (yes I dug it up!).”

Does your Gunning etching press have a nickname?

“Yes – it’s called Calcifer, after the fire demon from Howl’s Moving Castle. I’m not sure why, it just seemed to fit!”

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

“It’s well worth it! You may need to save up, but it’s better to get one press that will last you a lifetime and do everything you ask of it rather than numerous cheaper options. I have no regrets – oh and it looks great too!”

Any other comments?Caroline Erolin- Warty Toad

“You don’t just get the press but all the support from Jenny and Dave too. Over the last year I’ve set up my home etching studio and Jenny has been great when I’ve needed to phone up to pick her brain on how best to do something.”

To see more off Caroline’s work you can find her on instagram as @erolinstudios or browse her website https://www.erolinstudios.com/

Thank you for reading!

 

Happy Printmaking!

 

All the best,

 

Ellie & The Team!

 

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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.

 

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!

 

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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.

Geared Gunning Etching Press

Gunning press printmakers of the week- Shrewsbury High School

Here at Ironbridge Fine Arts we Workshopunderstand the importance of hearing feedback. So I sat down with Art teacher and printmaker James Millichamp to discover why he loves printmaking and using his Gunning Etching press.

 
Why did you choose to purchase a Gunning Etching press?
“At Shrewsbury High School, we chose a Gunning Etching Press because they are the best in the world, they are locally made by artists, for artists, and because they are incredibly sturdy and super good value.”
 
Geared Gunning Etching Press
 
What’s your favourite feature on the Gunning Etching press?
“We have two favourite features of our Press – is that cheating?
1. The wheel is so good; it is easy to use and allows for smooth transition through the press, ideal for students to use.
2. The mat with measurements on the bed to align work makes centralizing and locating prints so much easier – again a real help for students!”
 
 
 
 
How did you or your organization get into printmaking?
“At SHS we love traditional fine art methods as well as cutting edge technologies; they go hand in hand together so effectively. Printmaking offers a truly distinct and unique mode of expression which is so satisfying, and for young people it is an essential ingredient of their experience of the visual arts.”Gunning Etching Press No 1
 
 
What do your staff/students print on your Gunning Etching press? 
“We use our Gunning Etching Press to print lino, drypoint, and collagraphs. We were fortunate enough to complete some etching and aquatint with Jenny Gunning and we have been able to print from these steel plates too. The press is so versatile and will work with any print matrix. Our A Level students to our Juniors have loved using it.”
 
             Print by student at shrewsbury high school Geared Gunning Etching Press
 
Does your Gunning etching press have a nickname?
“The Gunning Etching Press here at Shrewsbury High School is called the Papillon Printing Press. We ran a competition for students to name the press, and Poppy won the inaugural print from our Gunning Press.”
Geared Gunning Etching Press
Poppy wrote:
 
“The name that I think would suit the new printing press is the Papillon Printing Press… after the female printmaker Marie Anne Papillon who was one of the first female printmakers, and unlike the other female printmakers and artists of her time (1760s) she wasn’t wealthy or powerful- you normally weren’t able to do printmaking at that time if you weren’t an aristocrat.
 
She was also a feminist and reflected it in her printmaking. For example, she did lots of prints of powerful women instead of men which was the majority of prints created at the time and depicted women in power instead of men which was a very controversial idea at the time.”
 
What would you say to someone thinking aboutEtching workshop with Shrewsbury High School purchasing a Gunning etching press?
“As an educator and artist, I cannot recommend a Gunning Etching Press strongly enough. It is versatile, robust and so beautifully engineered.”
 
Geared Gunning Etching PressIs there anything you would like our readers to know?
“Having a resource like our Gunning Etching Press and to be able to work with young artists and involve them in the wonderful world of printmaking is truly a joy! Thank you to everyone at Ironbridge Fine Arts. Dave who demonstrated the many options for printing with the press was so inspirational and knowledgeable – thank you!!”
 

 

 

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.

 
Workshop

‘Papilon printing press’

Shrewsbury high school are the latest and luckiest owners of a Gunning etching press No.2!

Dave, a member of our team delivered and trained Shrewsbury High’s staff members on how to assemble, set up and print on their brand new Gunning etching press.

Geared Gunning Etching Press

The students at Shrewsbury high school have decided their Gunning etching press needed its own personal nickname. Students and staff set up a competition suggesting different names until the name ‘Papilon printing press’ was picked.

Shrewbury high school etching press No 2 

 

Students and staff have been so excited to print on Papilon, they have been and visited us here in Ironbridge for an Etching workshop were they learnt how to etch with specialist printmaker Jenny. A group of 5 students spent the day learning how to etch into metal creating their own steel plates.

Gunning Etching Press No 1

Students at Shrewsbury High have and are continuing to create some beautiful prints in their own print studio at Shrewsbury high using the printmaking processes taught to them from our team here at Ironbridge printmakers.

Gunning Etching Press No 1Gunning Etching Press No 1

We are so excited to see what they continue to print.

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.