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Lindsay Moran Ironbridge fine artsBlog Feature

Gunning Press Printmaker of the week – Lindsey Moran

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the incredibly talented Lindsey Moran. Lindsey is a printmaker who has incredible skill for creating photogravure plates. Her prints are real showstopper’s so much so they are currently on display in our Art gallery here in Ironbridge.

Lindsay Moran Ironbridge fine artsBlog Feature

Tell us about yourself…

“I am a printmaker who is based in the Baltic Area in Liverpool where there is a great creative community of artists and creatives.  I have been printmaking for over 30 years and have my own small but perfectly formed studio space to develop my work.  I specialise in photogravure but also work with collagraph, linocut, cyanotype and laser etched woodcut.”   

How did you get into printmaking?

“I gained a BEd Hons. in Art and Education at University College Chester where I specialised in Printmaking and was presented with the Academic Award for Art.  I was invited to stay on as a Research Fellow to investigate ‘The Role of the Computer in Fine Art Printmaking’. Technology still plays an intrinsic role in my printmaking today.”

How would you describe your artwork?

Divine Tree LIndsey Moran“I have a keen interest in the relationship between printmaking and photography.   My work explores the impact of light in both architectural and organic contexts; whilst being created by a process that is itself dependent on light exposure.  I work predominantly with photopolymer etching plates which allow me to produce textures and detail with continuous tones and rich blacks.  As an educationalist I have a love of buildings of historic or educational significance.  Places that celebrate or house collections that both inform and educate.”

How do you plan to take your artwork forward?

“I want to further develop some of my hybrid printing techniques looking at fusing different processes together.  Using a bigger press is also allowing me to produce printed surfaces which I will continue to develop into sculptural forms including book art.”

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

“After lots of investigations into options for purchasing a bigger press, I visited Ironbridge Printmakers where I was able to get a feel for the presses firsthand.  Also, a face to face demonstration from Dave was very much appreciated; all questions were answered clearly and patiently which helped me to see that a Gunning Press was the right press for me and my printmaking techniques.”

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

“My Gunning press is easy to use and reliable… time and time again it produces great results.  My studio space is small, but the No. 2 press allows me to move and set it up with ease due to its frame and wheels.  It has allowed me to work up to A2 size comfortably.”

Lindsay Moran Ironbridge fine artsBlog Feature

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

“I wish I had some fascinating story to tell about the name of my press but ‘My Gunning Press’ is what I call it… anything else would lose its identity. ;-)”

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

“Go and visit the fab folk who make and use them at Ironbridge Printmakers… Jenny, Dave and Ellie are very approachable and listen to what your requirements are…  they shape your demo around this allowing you to see which press and why it would be prefect for you.  No question is too small!”

“I am so glad I purchased my Gunning Press… it is a real investment which has allowed my to develop my printmaking to the next stage.”

Where can our readers find your work? 

“I currently have work on show

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair – Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, 3rd-6th November

Art Open Exhibition 2022 – Ty Pawb Gallery- Wrexham 15th Oct 22 – 7th Jan 23

Royal West of England Academy Open – RWA, Bristol​ 8th Oct 22 – 8th Jan 23 

Ink – Paper – Press – Editions Gallery Liverpool October 7th Oct 22 – 4th Nov. 22

International Mini Print Cantabria – Faro Cabo Mayor Art Center, Santander, Spain

Ironbridge Fine Art Gallery, Ironbridge 1st Sept – 30th November

5 Global Print – Douro Portugal  

Tarpey Contemporary Art Gallery, Derby

Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford”

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

Website: www.lindseymoran.co.uk

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindseyemoran/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lindseyemoran

 

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

 

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@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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Gunning press printmakers of the week- Jennie Merrington

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the wonderfully talented Jennie the owner of a Gunning press Number 2 Direct drive. Jennie with a career in banking escapes a world of figures and creates wonderful lino reduction’s a passion of her’s since she was young. She has perfected this skill creating landscape prints as well as prints of her gorgeous pets.

Tell us about yourself…Jenny Merrington featured in Ironbridge fine arts blog

“I am a learning and development consultant for the banking industry by profession, having studied languages at university.  None of that was art-related was it?!  I would love to make printmaking my profession, but I haven’t yet taken that plunge.  Mainly down to the dread of not being able to pay the mortgage, but also because I use art as my creative outlet, a passion and way for me to unwind at the end of stressful day. 

Jenny Merrington featured in Ironbridge fine arts blogAs long as I can remember, I have always needed to express myself through art and I have often turned to it throughout my life as a way of clearing my mind, celebrating the beauty around us and recalibrating.  I didn’t always have the time to do it as much as I wanted, as having children and a full-time job took over a bit.  Now, aged 42, I think I have realised that I need to make time for it. “

How did you or your organization get into printmaking?

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   Jenny Merrington featured in Ironbridge fine arts blogJenny Merrington featured in Ironbridge fine arts blog

“I never went to art college, but I have loved lino printing since the age of 14, when I first tried it out at school.  My very first lino was a 3-stage reduction print of a portrait I had sketched of a handsome chap.  I remember being quite excited about the big reveal each time I cut away and printed different colourways.  Starting with carving the highlights on his nose, I had no idea how it would turn out, and it was actually rather good!  I discovered my brain works quite well for the slightly backwards thought process involved in printmaking.  My handwriting is exactly the same backwards and forwards, which tells you how weirdly-wired my brain is! 

I explored different printmaking techniques in later life, and discovered the joys of experimenting with drypoint etching, mono-printing and collagraphs, then other types of relief printing, like woodblock and using found objects.  Most recently, original print collage has really opened up my eyes to mixed media possibilities. Last year I finally made the decision to build myself a studio in the garden and get a Gunning Etching press and I haven’t looked back!”

How would you describe your artwork? 

Jenny Merrington featured in Ironbridge fine arts blog“Playful! Inspired by textures, colours, lines and shapes around me, from nature to architecture, I use whichever technique will best represent the subject, or best express the feeling that the subject evokes in me.  I will often sketch or paint first, and then use that as a starting point for my prints.  Living in the Essex countryside, the changing landscape through the seasons always provides visual stimulation, as do our 5 cats and regular trips to Cambridge and London.

Using lino, woodcuts, drypoint etching, chine collé and mono-printing techniques, I align the method I use with the vision that I have in my mind and I am constantly experimenting. I really enjoy the visual surprises and interesting graphic qualities that can occur purely by chance through the printmaking process, especially with mono-printing. 

I am quite spontaneous and curious with my artwork.  Some people might find that odd, as printmaking requires so much process, but for me a lot of the ideas come out through the process.  I rarely start out knowing exactly what I will produce at the end, it’s often a wonderful adventure and I still get tingles when I peel back the paper and reveal the final print. “

How do you plan to take your artwork forward?Jenny Merrington featured in Ironbridge fine arts blog

“I am taking each day as it comes.  I have had a hugely productive year, and I wouldn’t want to feel restricted by focusing in on one technique or one subject, which I know is probably what most professional artists would advise me to do.  I am lucky that I do not have to earn a living through producing my pieces, so I have the luxury of making whatever I am inspired to create.  Sometimes I will see something whilst walking along, for example the beautiful bark of London plane trees, and that will spark off some ideas about potential projects, ruminating in the back of my mind until I am back in the studio.  This feeling of liberty and embracing happenstance when printmaking is all part of why I love it so much.”

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

Jenny Merrington Number 2 press featured in Ironbridge fine arts blog“On a workshop I went on a few years ago, I used a proper lino press instead of hand burnishing for the first time, and saw how the results are so much more professional. I couldn’t go back to hand burnishing after that.  I was using the lino presses and etching presses at the Curwen Study Centre, a half-hour drive away, but I really wanted to have the independence of being able to do all of these things any time of day or night.  I did a lot of research when looking into different presses, and I decided NOT to buy a second hand one, as I am a technical novice and needed to know it would work well, and I was keen to have a warranty etc.  When looking at the Gunning presses, they seemed perfect for both relief printing and intaglio, there was little to no maintenance involved, and one of the team would come and set it up and show me how to use it.  That final bit sold it to me.  I have to say, the team were absolutely fantastic.  I learned quite a lot on set-up day, and it was so exciting to finally be able to do everything at home.”

What’s your favourite feature on the Gunning Etching press that helps your printmaking process?Jenny Merrington featured in Ironbridge fine arts blog

“I think it’s the ease with which you can transform its set-up from relief printing to intaglio printing.  For relief printing, I have two different sets of runners for different heights of blocks, and then for intaglio it’s all about the blankets.  It’s a fabulous press, and I am delighted with it.”

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

“Ooh, no, but that’s a great idea…  I will ask the kids to come up with something!  No doubt it will be cat-related….”

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

Jenny Merrington featured in Ironbridge fine arts blog“Do it!  You only live once, and it will transform how you work.  Although beware of losing track of time – I have been known to carry on printing until midnight without realising.  Good thing my kids are assertive when it comes to asking for dinner etc!”

Where can our readers find your work? 

“One of my etchings featured in the RBSA Print Prize Exhibition earlier this year, and some of my lino prints are currently featuring in the Mini Print Competition at Southbank Printmakers Gallery in London.  I don’t have a shop, but may do in future.  Otherwise, I only currently sell to friends and family but you can see my work on Instagram under jennie_merrington_”

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

“Watch out – printmaking is addictive!”

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

Instagram: @jennie_merrington_

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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Gunning press printmakers of the week- Linda Nevill

Our Gunning etching press printmaker this is week is the fabulous Linda Nevill. A fabulous printmaker and artist capturing landscapes across the uk. 

In 2017 Linda had an etching ‘On bare mountain’ selected by the Victoria and Albert Museum for their permanent collection.  She also won the WSA Elsie Holland Prize for outstanding work. Her drypoint print ‘From here to there’ is held in the Printmakers’ Council archives and it was chosen to appear on the artuk.org site’s database for UK public art collections.  

In 2018 an etching was on show at the Mall Galleries, London as a shortlisted artist for Artist and Illustrator Artist of the Year Award.

Linda is an elected Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) . She is also a member of Birmingham Art Circle and Wolverhampton Society of Artists.  She regularly exhibits at the RBSA and further afield.

LindaNevill at her press

Photo credit: MNA Media / Express & Star

Why did you choose to purchase a Gunning Etching press?

“Dave Gunning was my first printmaking tutor in the late 1980s/early 1990s.  I took an evening etching class and loved it.  I had a theoretical knowledge of etching and other  printmaking processes from taking a degree in the History of Art at Edinburgh University and having the opportunity to engage with the processes that Rembrandt had used was very exciting.”

“This led to me buying a Gunning Etching press and to taking a degree in Printmaking.  I’ve had my Gunning press for so long that I can’t remember when I bought it!  It has served me very well over the years.”'Cottages' by Linda Nevill

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

“A couple of years ago I replaced the press’s star wheel with a large wheel, which I love.  The registration bed is also very useful.  It is more accurate than my old hand drawn notations and has saved me a great deal of time.”

How would you describe your work?

Screenshot 2022 10 14 at 15.06.09“My work focusses mainly on landscape and I most frequently use etching and collagraph at the moment.  I try to capture the atmosphere and excitement of the place, the play of light and texture.  I have used and taught many other processes and have just started to do some lino printing again.”

Does your Gunning etching press have a nickname?

“Old faithful”

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

Screenshot 2022 10 14 at 15.05.36“They are a dream to use.  

They work well and are very reliable. 

Excellent follow up advice from Jenny at Ironbridge Fine Arts is available if needed.”

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

Website: www.lindanevill.com
Instagram: @linda_nevillprintmaker

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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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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Gunning press printmakers of the week- Alex

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the wonderfully talented Alex who run’s MegalilyDesign’s, the owner of a Gunning press Number 1 Direct drive. We sat down with Alex to understand why she loves printmaking on her Gunning press.

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Tell us about yourself…MegaLilyDesign Ironbridge Blog Me with Scared or Bored

“Hi, I’m Alex and I am a printmaker based in Sussex. I mainly work in linocut and create a range of prints inspired mainly by the natural world and the mystery of humankind. From tiny single layer prints, limited editions and more complex reduction prints, it is important to me to create prints for every budget so that everyone has access to owning original artwork.”

How did you or your organization get into printmaking?

“I’ve always had a love of creating and a few years back I attended a part time fine art course and rekindled a love of painting and discovered linocut printmaking. Since then it has really taken on a life of it’s own and I now have a small shop in Steyning, West Sussex as well as online. Currently I am taking a year full time printmaking and painting.”

How would you describe your artwork?

Selection of MegaLilyDesign Linocut Prints“My artwork is quite precise and tries to draw together the natural world and us humans. Some of my pieces such as “Scared or Bored” clearly reference the human condition and emotions. Others are more illustrative, such as “The Two Wrens”. A few whilst being a nature print may reference some of my other thoughts on the world in their title such as “A Little More Honesty…”

I love to print using oil based inks on a range of Japanese printmaking papers.”

 

How do you plan to take your artwork forward?

“Over the year I hope to carry on creating new work and expanding my printmaking into more galleries and shows, whilst building on my lovely loyal following at my shop. I am also going to be starting workshops moving forward.”

Why did you feel a Gunning Etching press was the best fit for you and your artwork?Martha Gunning Press No 1 MegaLilyDesign

“I have looked for a while at getting a press and found the Gunning Press really fitted with what I wanted to achieve with my prints. In a small space the size options were ideal and linocut printing was always featured as part of the use for this press rather than an afterthought.”

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

MegaLilyDesign Ironbridge Blog Press and When the Wind Blows“It’s taken a bit of practice and feeling my way with my No 1 press, but it’s really clicked now with my larger prints and it’s a game changer in terms of time, ink and repetitive strain! My favourite feature is the registration bed which makes things so straightforward – and it looks lovely too!”

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

“She’s called Martha!”

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

‘I’d say go for it. Great service, good little workshop. I’d probably recommend an upgrade to a round wheel though it’s my one regret!’ALMH framed pink wall1

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

“Remember to support all artists, particularly those local to them and to try out printmaking, it’s a great process.”

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

www.megalilydesign.com

www.instagram.com/megalilydesign

www.facebook.com/MLD2016

www.folksy.com/shops/megalilydesign

 

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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Gunning press printmakers of the week- Andy Abram

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the wonderfully talented Andy Abram, the owner of a Gunning press Number 3 direct drive. We sat down with Andy to understand why he loves printmaking on his Gunning press.

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Tell us about yourself…DSCF1012

“I’m 52 and live in the Conwy Valley in North Wales. Originally a graphic designer, I ran a successful new media agency for 22 years before moving here from Cheshire. I’m lucky enough to be retired from my ‘day job’ now, so printmaking is something I’m able to concentrate more on these days. I live with my wife and stepdaughter in a beautiful part of North Wales, so there’s plenty of inspiration all around me.”

How did you get into printmaking?

“I studied Graphic Design at College and Uni, so Printmaking was part of the curriculum. I remember really liking the process, particularly linocut. Which is what I concentrate on now. Plus, the experience I gained in print design in my early career gave me an appreciation of colour separation and art working, which definitely comes into play with my printmaking.”

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How would you describe your artwork?DSCF1017

“I produce short run multi-layer reduction linocut prints. Mainly landscapes, inspired by my own original photographs. I tend to stick to Caligo Safewash inks and print on Somerset papers. I usually aim for between 10 and 20 finished prints.”

How do you plan to take your artwork forward?

“Well up until recently printmaking has been a hobby really, but I’m able to spend more time on it now.”

“I’ve recently started a new series based on stone – standing stones, bolders etc that I’ve come across in the local landscape. The textures are fascinating, and the locations are stunning. I’ve finished one print and working on 2 more right now, with plans for many more. There’s an endless supply of material in the locality.”

DSCF1005“I’d like to get them entered into printmaking exhibitions, and maybe even show them as a series eventually.”

“I’ve also booked a photogravure course with Ironbridge Printmakers. I’ve been interested in it for a while, so it’ll be great to learn something new and expand my printmaking skills with Jenny.”

DSCF1034Why did you feel a Gunning Etching press was the best fit for you and your artwork?

“I’d spent a good number of years using a basic wind-down press and a small craft press, which were ok, but I wanted to produce larger prints on a ‘proper’ press. I researched quite a few, but the Gunning press seemed to tick all the boxes and it looks fantastic too.”

“I spent 3 months converting an old wooden stable in my garden to be my studio. It’s a great space and the Gunning press is perfect in there.”

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

“The massive wheel! It’s so easy to use, and the consistency I can achieve with the press is perfect. I also opted for the stand with wheels, which means I can push the press to one side when not in use, which is also very handy.”

DSCF1031Most printmakers have a name for their press, does your Gunning etching press have a nickname?

“Er, not really, haha. I hadn’t thought to do that to be honest, maybe I should think of one now!”

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

“Just do it, you won’t regret it. Don’t settle for anything inferior, the quality of these presses is excellent.”

To see more off Andy’s work you can find him at…

www.andyabram.co.uk

https://www.artfinder.com/artist/andy-abram

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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Gunning press printmakers of the week- Sophie Twining

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This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the wonderfully talented Sophie Twining, the owner of a Gunning press Number 2 Geared. We sat down with Sophie to understand why she loves printmaking on her Gunning press.

 

Tell us about yourself…

“I am a printmaker and photographer living and working in Cornwall. Since graduating from Marine and Natural History Photography at Falmouth University in 2020 I have continued with my printmaking practice from my studio in Falmouth.”

 

Quiet Company 1 Sophie TwiningHow did you or your organization get into printmaking?

“I have been taking photographs since I was ten years old, however it was at university
that I discovered a love of printmaking. I attended a range of printmaking workshops in
my first term and really enjoyed the tactility of the process and how it allowed me to
combine my background in photography with my love of craft. I became particularly
interested in photo etching which I continue to specialise in today.”

 


How would you describe your artwork?Quiet Company 2 Sophie Twining

“An innate love for the natural world has always been at the forefront of my inspiration.
This is extended through to my practise where I aim to encapsulate the solace that
nature can bring us by documenting its different shapes, textures and forms. I
predominantly use the printmaking technique, photo etching. A continuance of my
meticulous observational and photographic process, each etching is carefully printed by
hand using my Gunning Etching press, making every outcome unique.”


Quiet Company 3 Sophie TwiningHow do you plan to take your artwork forward?

“In my studio I have an ideas board and notebooks filled to the brim with ideas for future work! I would love to explore the capabilities of my press further by incorporating different printmaking techniques into my artwork as well as producing work of a larger scale. I think my art will always focus on the natural world and our human connection to it as it’s a topic I am so deeply engaged with. There is a neverending abundance of inspiration that can be found outside, so I don’t think I will ever be out of new ideas! I am looking forward to developing these further to create and share meaningful and relatable works.”


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

“I received rave recommendations from friends who also have a Gunning Etching press
and most of the printmakers I follow and admire online also seem to have this press too. After speaking to Jenny and Ellie it seemed like the perfect choice for me! It has the power of the old traditional presses I was used to working with at university, but without the high expense and bulkiness! It fits perfectly in my little home studio and it has really helped me to continue with my practise post uni.”

Quiet Company Sequence Sophie Twining
What’s your favourite feature on the Gunning Etching press that helps your printmaking process?

“I really love the gears on my press, which was an addition recommended to me by Jenny. It allows me to roll my plates through the press really smoothly and with little exertion, helping me create super clean prints!”

Quiet Company 4 Sophie Twining
Most printmakers has a name for their press, does your Gunning etching
press have a nickname?

“It doesn’t, yet. I will get on that right away!”


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

“I would say to definitely get in touch with Jenny, Ellie and the team at Ironbridge. They
were so useful in answering all of my questions and helping me find the right fit for my
printmaking needs. Chatting to them helped me understand some of the requirements I
didn’t even realise I had. The level of customer service is second to none, and even after
purchasing my press they have been more than happy to answer my additional queries
about printmaking materials etc!”

 

To see more off Sophie’s work you can find her on emails at hello@sophietwining.com,  instagram at @sophietwining or browse her website.

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Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

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Sam Marshall

Gunning press printmakers of the week- Sam Marshall

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the fantastic Sam Marshall, the owner of a Gunning press Number 2 works from her home studio accompanied by her studio assistant – ‘Miss Marple’, her mini dachshund. We sat down with Sam to understand why she loves printmaking on her Gunning press.

Sam Marshall

Sam MarshallWhy did you choose to purchase a Gunning Etching press?

“I had done so much research about presses and was feeling a little overwhelmed. When I phoned Ironbridge I spoke to Jenny and she was so warm, friendly and carefully explained all my options from stands, to press size to geared. From that moment I had no doubt that an Ironbridge press was the one for me!”

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

“I love the fact that I can print both intaglio and relief perfectly on the press. The press is quick and easy to go from printing intaglio to relief.”

How did you or your organization get into printmaking?

Sam Marshall“I started printmaking in my early 30’s at the Royal Drawing School in London – and haven’t stopped since. I originate from the flat fens of Lincolnshire where my Dad was a cabbage farmer. Having lived in London for over 20 years I recently relocated to rural Northamptonshire with Miss Marple my mini dachshund where I now concentrate on my printmaking and run print workshops.When I’m not in my studio,  I teach printmaking at the Royal Drawing School and on their foundation programme.”

How would you describe your work?

“I specialise in linocuts and etchings. My work tells the stories about my life and travels with my mini dachshund Miss Marple – it features landscapes and quirky animals both real and imaginary. My inspiration comes from many sources – medieval margins and bestiaries, animal prints from the 1800’s, folk art, old children’s books, and real life animals that have something of the unusual about them.”

Sam MarshallDoes your Gunning etching press have a nickname?

“Yes, she is called Pandora. I asked my Instagram followers to suggest a name, and this is the one I chose.”

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

“I always say give them a call and have a chat. Talk through your requirements and see what they suggest. I also always tell them that they can visit Ironbridge and try out the presses too – make a weekend of it as it’s such a magical area!”

Any other comments?

“Finding Ironbridge printmakers has been one of the highlights of my life in the past 2 years. Jenny and Dave have become friends and I can’t recommend their presses highly enough. They are both so passionate about printmaking and their joy shines through everything they do. It’s a very special company, very unique – and if you are a printmaker and want a press then I can’t recommend them highly enough!”

Sam Marshall

To see more off Sam’s work you can find her on instagram at @sammarshallart or browse her website.

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Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

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jenny plate and press 2 small

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.

jenny and press 2

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? jenny plate and press 2 small

“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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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!

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@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.