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Gunning press printmakers of the week- Jenny McCabe

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the fantastic Jenny McCabe who is the winner of our print fest award. Jenny, the owner of a Gunning press Number 2, Based in Lancaster in the Northwest of England she works from her own studio and she also teaches regularly in print rooms around the country.  We sat down with Jenny to understand why she loves printmaking on her Gunning press.

Why did you choose to purchase a Gunning Etching press?

“I have been looking for a press for years that would fit into a domestic space – ie not to heavy. I visited Ironbridge on the off chance whilst visiting my mother who lives in the nearing town of Bridgnorth. I came across Jenny at Ironbridge fine arts and the most gorgeous Gunning Etching press, it was a perfect solution to my needs – a strong large press that can be taken apart easily and is not to heavy.”

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

“One thing that drew me to the press straight away and will always be my favourite feature on my press is the massive large round wheel it’s so stylish and practical I love it. I would definitely recommend it as an upgrade option”

How did you get into printmaking?

“I studied Printmaking at university in the late 90s and have been printmaking in some way or other since then, I think it’s fair to say I fell in love with printmaking. As an artist and printmaker with over 20 years experience of making and exhibiting work. I am based in Lancaster in the Northwest of England working from my own studio and also teaching regularly in print rooms around the country.”

How would you describe your work?

“I would describe my work as messy, scratchy lines and lively compositions of birds jumping out of the plates, aiming to capture the frantic movement and energy. Mainly with intaglio printmaking methods preferring Collagraph and metal plate etchings. My work always starts with drawing and the technical challenge of turning a simple piece of metal or card into a piece of art. “

Does your Gunning etching press have a nickname?

“She is called Gillian – after Gillian Anderson”

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

“The press is a great work horse and perfect for relief of intaglio prints – all the sizes and extras mean you can build a perfect solution for your individual studio – ie with a stand and lockable  wheels or without – affordable prices too compared to other makes.”

“I love my press and it has given me the total freedom to work in my own studio, I only wish I had a larger space and then I could get a Number 4 XL.”

 

We recently awards Jenny McCabe our Ironbridge award at this years print fest.

Jenny McCabe award

“Jenny’s work is original and so striking, her technical ability as a printmaker and her imagery is excellent. She is also prolific in her making and each piece is beautiful in its own right. A brilliant printmaker!” ⁠Said Jenny Gunning

Jenny is fabulous printmake we can’t wait to see more of her work and watch her continue to grow as a printmaker. she is lucky enough to have won £150.00 worth of printmaking materials from ourselves.

 

 

 

To see more off Jenny’s work you can find her on instagram as @jenny.mccabe or browse her website https://www.jennymccabe.co.uk/

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & 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.

shelley Wingrove Gunning etching press

Gunning press printmakers of the week- Shelley Wingrove

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the fantastic Shelley Wingrove who runs Little Black Mare. Shelley, the owner of a Gunning press Number 2 works from her home studio where inspiration comes from Maisie’s wildflower meadow, or long walks in the woods and hills that surround her home. We sat down with Shelley to understand why she loves printmaking on her Gunning press.shelly Wingrove Gunning Etching Press

Why did you choose to purchase a Gunning Etching press?

I chose a Gunning Etching Press because I had the chance to demo one while at Ironbridge Printmakers printing  some work for my City & Guild exam, It was SO unbelievably wonderful, love at first sight!!, and I knew right there I was going to have to have one! 
 

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

I love everything about my Gunning press, I love how it has been designed with end stops, so the bed is safe and never falls off the wheels. I love the different thicknesses of the relief runners, I love the graph bed and I love the ease it can work between different types of printmaking. Most of all I LOVE the way it looks, so beautiful!
 

How did you get into printmaking?

I got into printmaking after a one day beginners lino-cut course, I was hooked! and at the end of the day had signed up for a City & Guilds course. I have been printmaking ever since.
 
How would you describe your work?Shelley Wingrove Lino Cut
 
My work is very varied, I guess I love detail and am always inspired by the beautiful Shropshire countryside. In my etchings, dry point, lino-cut and collographs,  nature and detail are a general theme running through all my work. I love to watch the light at play on the trees and the fields. I’ll capture scenes or just little details in my sketchbook, or perhaps collect a leaf or some other treasure. Then I’ll spend some time in my studio, bringing ideas together and deciding which print process will best capture the image’s wholeness and beauty.
 

Does your Gunning etching press have a nickname?

My Gunning etching press is called Brenda, Private Eye magazine has this nick name for our lovely queen, and I reckon my press is pretty regal, so it had to be Brenda.
 

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

If someone is thinking of buying a Gunning Etching press I would absolutely and wholeheartedly say BUY IT!!! It is the Rolls Royce of printing presses, a totally awesome press. It is British made, from a family company of printmakers, who really know their stuff! Your press will come with a lifetime of goodwill and knowledge from the lovely Gunning family, priceless.
 

To see more off Shelley’s work you can find her on instagram as @ShelleyWingrove or browse her website https://www.little-black-mare.co.uk/

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.

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!

 

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.

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.