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Printing with Stef: My Inspiration

The woods are without doubt my favourite place to be. Each path that I walk changes constantly as the seasons turn, and on each walk, I savour the details as I mull over how I can translate these moments into a sketch and then a print.

This week the birds have been competing with each other and the air has been filled with a cacophony of song.  On the floor of the woods, ferns are beginning to unfurl; their fronds a vibrant, emerald green next to the brittle, brown leaves that beech and oak trees discarded last autumn. If I’m lucky I will see some fungi, seeking the light after the torrent of rain that has fallen from the April skies.

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Between blades of grass, still glistening from rain, delicate Pleated Inkcaps stand.  These tiny parasols are also known as Japanese Umbrellas.  They have a very short 24 hour life span – appearing after rain has fallen, they mature, spread their spores and then….gone.  When I visited the same spot the following day, they were just a photograph on my camera. 

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Transferring these photos (alongside memories of muddy knees and stings from nettles, to obtain an image of sun lighting their delicate gills) to solar plates seems the perfect way to preserve such fleeting beauty and just a simple inking using Ironbridge Printmakers Intaglio Ink in Green-Black, gives me the print that I’m looking for. 

As the Little Thumper press works its magic, I look round at the prints littered around my studio – a ‘troop’ of Pleated Inkcaps that will last far longer than the real deal.

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Our feature in Pressing Matters

We are extremely overjoyed to announce our resident and specialist printmaker Jenny Gunning has been featured in the latest issue of pressing matters. Jenny has a three page spread amongst other Gunning press owners in the magazine.

We have a good stock of the latest issue amongst older issues available to purchase in our shop or online.

Take a read as Jenny discusses her journey and passion for printmaking, family life and the challenge of running your own business.

Jenny Gunning feature in Pressing Matters

Jenny Gunning feature in Pressing Matters

Jenny Gunning feature in Pressing Matters

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

Tag us using the Hashtags…

@Ironbridgeprintmakers @Gunningetchingpress #GunningEtchingPresses  #GunningEtchingPress #JennyGunningPrintmaker

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Ellie Williams

Ellie is a part of the Ironbridge Fine Arts team and has been for over three years, serving as an administrative professional and a printmaking assistant. With a specialised background and a BA (HONS) in Textile Design specialising in screen print & surface pattern design, her expertise enhances the vibrant, creative environment of our studio. Ellie's role involves supporting our printmakers and facilitating the diverse array of printmaking ventures, all while nurturing her own passion for colour and design within the flourishing artistic community at Ironbridge.

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Gunning press printmaker of the week – Alexandra Motiu

This weeks Gunning press printmaker is the incredibly talented Alexandra who runs her business Moatart. Alexandra is a passionate printmaker who rekindled her love for printmaking during the pandemic and has been hooked since. Creating the most wonderful lino-cut prints that tell wonderful little stories with in them.

Tell us about yourself…Moatzart Ironbridge fine arts Blog Feature

“I’m a printmaker and illustrator living in Brighton, UK, originally from Romania! I specialise in relief printmaking and have been doing this full time for two years, and part-time for the past year! I have finished an arts degree and have been working in the arts since, and am now doing an Illustration MA at UAL!”

How did you or your organization get into printmaking?

“I was introduced to etching in my teens by a well-known Romanian painter and printmaker called Matei Serban Sandu. I did this on and off for a couple of years, but I then never had the opportunity to do this again, as I chose a very conceptual course for my art degree. I did Fine Art Critical Practice at Brighton University, so my work was very different then. During lockdown, I, as everyone, had a lot of time on my hands so I started making relief prints, and I just never stopped! It all snowballed and became a full blown business and career!”

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How would you describe your artwork? 

“I would say that my work always involves people. I love woefully strange characters, and overly detailed and ornate prints! And I love illustrating stories too! Definitely quite surreal and I think my aim is to keep people looking, where every time they look they discover something new!”

Moatzart Ironbridge fine arts Blog FeatureHow do you plan to take your artwork forward?

“Having started this Masters course in illustration I am hoping to be making more and more work, hopefully ultimately to be able to illustrate books! I want to get more familiar with reduction printing as I love colour, as well as experiment with etching again, which I get to do on my course and at home with my beautiful Gunning Press! I love delving into seriously complicated topics, so my Heaven and Hell series is taking front stage at the moment!”

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

“I firstly really needed to print volume, and to get more consistent results than printing by hand! I also wanted to use professional printmaking paper as opposed to thinner alternatives, as I was started selling my work in art galleries! I can print up to 150 prints in one day on my beautiful press! I also wanted the variety it provides, as it can print virtually any printmaking technique! I expect to have my press for life, so I didn’t want to be limited to just relief!”Moatzart Ironbridge fine arts Blog Feature

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

“The Registration bed is such a stunningly beautiful addition to it, I love how useful and beautiful it is, and how well it protects the press too! Haha this is a small detail, but I love that I can turn the tommy bars without having to move the press away from the wall, as they also turn inwards, but I work in a small studio space and I was so happy about this!”

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

“I still don’t! I know one day I had such a brilliant idea that I have forgotten, and I keep trying to remember! I think I should just think of a new one! I am so bad at naming things!”

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

“It is without a doubt one of the best investments I have ever made as an early career professional printmaker!”

Moatzart Ironbridge fine arts Blog FeatureWhere can our readers find your work? 

“My website is www.moatzart.co.uk, and that’s where you can also subscribe to my monthly newsletter for news about all of this! That is also where you can find my shop!

You can also find me in IO Gallery in Brighton UK, with some of my work in the Fabrica Gallery shop in Brighton too!”

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

“I really hope original print techniques become more and more known! If you love this process, as a hobby or as a collector, share your passion far and wide!”

 

 

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

Website: http://www.moatzart.co.uk
Blog: http://www.moatzart.co.uk/blog 
Shop: http://www.moatzart.co.uk/shop 

Instagram: @moatzaart
Facebook: @moatzaart
Twitter: @TheMoatzart
Pinterest: @TheMoatzart
Youtube: TheMoatzartAlexandra
Tiktok: @moatzaart

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

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Ellie Williams

Ellie is a part of the Ironbridge Fine Arts team and has been for over three years, serving as an administrative professional and a printmaking assistant. With a specialised background and a BA (HONS) in Textile Design specialising in screen print & surface pattern design, her expertise enhances the vibrant, creative environment of our studio. Ellie's role involves supporting our printmakers and facilitating the diverse array of printmaking ventures, all while nurturing her own passion for colour and design within the flourishing artistic community at Ironbridge.

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Printmaking at Christmas with kids

With the kids enjoying the festive season and having a break from school you might find them sat in your printing studio’s more often. We’ve come up with a few printmaking activities they can get involved with this christmas and joining in on your printmaking sessions

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  • Mono-type’s are great for kids, simply sit them down with a piece of styrene and some caligo safe wash ink (easier to get out of clothes) let them paint away. You can let them get stuck in use paint brushes, leaves and branches and anything else you are willing to use to let your child run wild and make their marks. Simply pull through your press we recommend printing onto bread and butter paper from John Purcells it’s an excellent proofing paper, super affordable perfect for letting those littles have some fun.
  • Stencils are great fun simply cut out some shapes from some thick card we find the cardboard off cereal boxes work best as you can wipe these down and reuse them. You can even used corrugated cardboard for a textured look peel off that top layer for that striped look. Simply cut your shape and apply ink to it using a roller pull through your press, again we recommend printing onto bread and butter paper.image0 JO BODDY
  • For those kids who are little bit older why not let them try there hand at lino-cut or drypoint. These are great printing processes to introduce your child to printmaking it allows them take their time and throughly enjoy the process. When they have finished their plate you get  the joy of helping them print it on your press and seeing their eyes light up seeing their final result.

To really get thing festive the processes discussed could be used to make the following things, christmas cards, wrapping paper, place settings for your christmas tables and much more. Or maybe it’s just a nice christmas gift for the grandparents to get framed.

We hope these ideas have helped keep your little ones entertained. 

Have a very Merry Christmas

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 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.

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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.”

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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!

 

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.

International original exhibition RE 2022 Ironbridge fine arts

Our time at the International original print exhibition 2022

This year we had the honour of being part of this years re international original print exhibition.

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We were lucky enough to award our prize ‘Ironbridge fine arts printmaker prize ’to’ fiona foughy’ for her wonderful monotype ‘Quiver’. Fiona won one our beautiful large spindle rollers.

Fiona Fouhy’s practice covers broad themes of place, geology and history, celebrating the resilience of nature over millennia.

Fouhy predominantly uses monotype techniques in her work using etching inks, extender, rags and large rollers to create fast, expressive images; processes, materials and chance inform and evolve her practice. She has developed a technique of layering ink, pushing the early ‘ghost’ layers into the background, creating a strong depth of field.

Using monoprinting, Fouhy explores how to work by intuition and emotional reaction to the forest environment. For her, the forest experience symbolises states of lostness, bewilderment and fragility in the face of the unknown. Simultaneously the forest is a place of healing both for the individual and for the planet; a fertile place for the imagination.

Fouhy studied at Central Saint Martins, London. She has won the RK Burt Award (2018) and the Thamesside Print Studio Prize (2017) at the International Original Print Exhibition as well as the Printmakers Council Award (2016) at the Festival of Print.

She is a keyholder and tutor at East London Printmakers studio. Her work is held in private and public collections throughout the UK, Europe and USA including the V&A Museum and the Central St Martins College Contemporary Collection. Her work is for sale through Eames Fine Art Gallery.

Quiver- fiona foughy International original exhibition RE 2022 Ironbridge fine arts

Quiver is a monotype on Arches cream etching paper (76 x 56cm). The Irongbridge Award of a large relief roller is perfectly suited to me because Quiver was made with many different size rollers, culminating in a layer of extended ink using a very large roller. The circumference of the roller needs to be at least the length of the paper, if not longer, to enable a smooth roll-out of ink, with no lines visible where the ink might ‘run out’. The extended ink layer is always the trickiest part of my printing process. It can make or break the image. As with a lot of printmaking, there have been a lot of dud prints along the way! I have had to work out the exact consistency and thickness of ink. But the result can be magical when it works! I find that it somehow ‘holds’ the other layers together. I discovered it by accident when I was making a gift for my son a few years ago. He wanted me to make him a monoprint of a white wolf, so I decided it needed to be situated in a dark forest and I loved the emotive feeling of the results. 

The piece, Quiver, is so named because of the sensation of quietness in a forest, where the only movements are small quivers of the leaves in a breeze. There is a stillness present and so the slightest shift is noticeable. The viewer, themselves, is sometimes the only thing that is moving as they walk past the standing trees.

Jenny Gunning who chose our award winner said “Fiona’s work captured the Atmosphere and movement caught in the woodlands, it’s as if you felt like you were immersed into the print. The print itself holds an exceptional tonal quality, a talented printmaker!”

As a team of printmakers ourselves the exhibition featured the work of two of our team members Jenny Gunning with the piece ‘The Aga Factory, Broken’ and Dave Mason-Gunning with the piece ‘Cliff Crevasse on the Peninsula, St Davids.’

Jenny Gunning The Aga Factory Broken

Using her drawing skills Jenny works out in the landscape to capture the detail she needs to create her plates. Jenny’s love is for the old and used, old buildings that have been taken over by the landscape and abandoned, left to decay over the years of neglect… Jenny also loves strong structures which lend themselves to printmaking techniques, strong tones and/or colour. Jenny loves aquatint etchings and she particularity enjoys making large scale work, however Jenny specialises in many other forms of printmaking including photopolymer, spit-bite, mezzotint, dry-point, lino, reduction, straight lino, straight woodblock, Japanese woodblock, reduction woodblock, collagraph and letterpress.

Cliff Crevasse on the Peninsula, St Davids. Photogravure, Solar Plate 194 x 294

Dave has always enjoyed drawing and spent many days as a boy drawing from inspirations such as magazine and books. After travelling around the world, Dave decided that it was time to create they bought their first DSLR camera to capture the world and they have been captivated by the way a camera could manipulate to create startling images from the buildings and landscapes surrounding them. After a chance encounter with Jenny Gunning, Dave’s passion for the arts was stoked even further seeing what Jenny and her family were creating. They immersed into learning printmaking. Becoming a skilled printmaker under their tuition and has developed further skills in photographic printmaking and Mokuhanga.

We were delighted to be a part of this year’s exhibition and look forward to next year’s exhibition. The RE exhibition is chance for us to spot the talent of many other printmakers as well as spotting what our gunning press customers have been up to.

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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“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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Cleaning up at the end of a printmaking session…

Here at Ironbridge fine art’s we chose to stock our exceptional range of Cleaning products. The aim is to make clean up nice and easy.

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With so many printmaking cleaner’s being available you might be asking yourself which ink is best for me and my printing methods? In this blog we will explain all you need to know about the types of cleaner’s we offer giving you the knowledge to know which roller will suit you and your printmaking processes.

Printmakers Soap

IMG 6905Our printmakers soap is gorgeous, we had been looking for years to find someone to make this for me and finally found this lovely lady in Ireland who came up with this vegan recipe. It’s a beautiful soap that gets rid of all oil based inks from your hands but leaves them soft and looked after. ⁠
 
We have two types an exfoliating version to get rid of those tough stains and a smooth version for gentle hands. 
 

A soap bar is made with a vegan friendly soap base. Bentonite clay and scented with Geranium & ylang-ylang essential oil. This soap is PEG free and paraben free. Hand crafted in the heart of Kildare and made in small batches exclusively for Ironbridge fine art’s & Framing.

 

 

Zest it Printmakers cleaner

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Printmakers Cleaner is an easy to use fluid for cleaning plates and surfaces where oil based inks are used, it’s effective and efficient, so a little goes a long way.

Printmakers Cleaner will also remove ‘stopping-out varnish’ and most traditional grounds. Apply to surface, wait a few moments and wipe with kitchen towel, cloth or a rag.

Being non-toxic it is far healthier to use in the Printmakers studio than the traditionally used ‘turps’ and white spirit, both of which are flammable, whereas the Printmakers Cleaner is non-flammable.

The great thing is it can also be used to clean rollers and other equipment making clean up much faster.

Zest it printmakers Wash down

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Printmakers Washdown is an easy to use fluid, for cleaning printing plates and removing dried Acrylic based inks.


Printmakers Washdown can also be used for removing acrylic based stop-outs and grounds that are sometimes difficult to remove.


Washes away with water so the plate can be given a washdown! Environmentally friendly and can be diluted if necessary..

Often used in screen printing for removing that stubborn parcel tape!


Apply to surface, wait a few moments and wipe with kitchen towel or a cloth.

 

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.”

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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!”

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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.

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.

2"x2" Hand Printing Roller

Our printmaking roller range…

Here at Ironbridge fine art’s we chose to stock our exceptional quality rollers created by us. We have a wide range of sizes and rubbers available in both our spindle and hand rollers.

With so many rollers being available you might be asking yourself which ink is best for me and my printing methods? In this blog we will explain all you need to know about the types of rollers we offer giving you the knowledge to know which roller will suit you and your printmaking processes.

Hand rollersPrintmaking Rollers Set of 4 all sizes

Our hand rollers are made from nitrile rubber so they are easy to clean and the results you get are fantastic. As printmakers ourselves we love designing, developing and making the tools that that we use every day. These printmaking rollers are a must have for any professional printmaking studio or workshop.

The built in stand on our hand rollers makes inking rollers easy, simply ink up, and then rest your roller on its stand while you print. When you wish to clean your roller simply sit it on its built in stand and spray your vegetable oil or white spirit onto the roller and wipe clean with a rag. Alternatively we also use Zest it’s printmakers cleaner for a non toxic method, it makes clean up much easier. 

3All our hand rollers have a lovely chunky 6” handle, and they all have the diameter of 2” or 3″. We offer singles as well as packs. They all come in Hard (60 shore) Medium (38 shore) and Soft (25 Shore)  rubbers.

Spindle rollersSpindle Rollers Square image 250 x 250

Our Spindle rollers are made from Nitrile rubber, they are excellent quality, easy clean and they are a dream for printmakers to use. We make our soft, medium and hard Spindle rollers in 3 different sizes.

You can also purchase a Roller Holder for each spindle roller that can sit on the work surface, or be put on the wall these are fantastic and allow for somewhere to rest your roller with ink on whilst printing.

                           Spindle roller and Holder Ironbridge Roller Holder

The smallest roller  is 4” Diameter x 10” length = a circumference of 12.56” Making the maximum plate size (for double inking) 10” x 12.56”

The medium roller  is 5” Diameter x 14” length = a circumference of 15.70” Making the maximum plate size (for double inking) 14” x 15.70”

The largest roller is 6” Diameter x 21” length = a circumference of 18.84” Making the maximum plate size (for double inking) 20” x 18.84”

We can also make bespoke spindle rollers for printmaking and holders so if there is a particular size you would like, get in touch.

Rubbers

Soft Blue Nitrile Rubber- 25 Shore⁠

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2″ x 4″ Hand Printmakers Roller come in Soft, Medium, or Hard Spec

The Soft Rubber holds a lot of ink. When printing, your your edges of lines and areas that you have cut, scratched or etched out will appear softer than if you were using a harder shore roller.⁠

Medium Red Nitrile Rubber- 38 Shore⁠

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6″ x 21″ Medium (Red) Spindle Roller For Relief Printing

The Medium Rubber will help you ink up quickly but not as fast as the softer roller. Edges of areas that you have cut, etched or scratched will appear sharper than if you were using the softer roller.⁠

Hard Black Nitrile Rubber- 60 Shore

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2″ x 8″ Hand Printmakers Roller. The Printmaker can choose from either Soft, Medium, or Hard Spec of Roller

Using the Hard Rubber to ink your plate will take slightly longer than a softer roller. The edges of areas that you have cut, etched or scratched will ink up precisely.⁠

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

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