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Anthea Wood Ironbridge fine arts Blog Feature

Gunning Press Printmaker of the week- Anthea Wood

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

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Tell us about yourself…

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

How did you or your organization get into printmaking?

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

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How would you describe your artwork?

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

How do you plan to take your artwork forward?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where can our readers find your work? 

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

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

Website: https://www.amwoodart.co.uk/

Instagram: @amwood_art

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Ellie & The Team!

Inked up Ironbridge Lino plate ready to print.

How to print single colour lino’s on your Gunning Etching press

Hello its Jenny from Ironbridge Printmakers.

In this blog we discuss how to print your lino plates on a Gunning etching press. Above is a technical HOW TO MOVIE showing you how to set up to print Lino on a Gunning Etching Press. Or choose to follow along and read with me below…

We will be setting the pressure on the Gunning Etching Press using Runners and packing paper to enable us to kiss the paper to the plate. All our presses come with a set of 4mm runner’s which are brilliant to get you going we also offer other thicknesses should you need them.

Lino-Hessian-backed-3.2mm-thick-Ironbridge-255x300We are going to print a hessian backed 3.2mm thick lino which has not been – what we call registered’ which means stuck down to a piece of board using double sided tape – this is done when the plate has to be printed many times or if its a very large plate, then this prevents movement. Plates created from soft cut lino or Japanese vinyl are softer materials and have a tendency to squash in any press we would recommend choosing to use a hessian backed lino.

Registration Bed and Printing RunnersFirst thing to do is to Put your 4mm plastic runners into your press. Slide them through under your top roller so the lie flat along the edges of the bed and secure your runners down with the safety stops that came with your press. They make sure your runners do not move around the bed when you are printing. Your safety stops should go on the top side of the bed and on the top of the runners. The bolts are put through the holes and the wing nuts secured so that everything is tight and secure. (note – you have two different types of safety stops for your press – one set of two is these that we have just used and the other set are smaller because they sit on the underside of your press bed when printing intaglio – never use them together.

We use packing paper to make up the difference – no blankets just packing paper – we use bread and butter 270gsm from John purple papers in London.

Lino 3 1Drop the top roller down onto the runners – they should feel even both sides -go down until the tommy bars feel heavy and even, and then come back on yourself about half a turn and then test the feel of your pressure. It should be moderately easy to pull through – you want your rollers to run along the runners which are acting like rails.
When you pull your rollers over the sand-which you have created you will know if you have put to much packing paper on because it will feel to heavy and you feel if its to light and you have not got enough packing paper on.

If it IS to heavy to pull through once you go over the sandwich where the plate is on your bed, you will know that you have too much packing paper on (this will squash your plate to much) and if you hardly feel anything, then you have not got enough packing paper and your print will not be strong enough.
What you will want to feel is an increase of pressure when you go over the plate – sometimes you might have to have a big increase in pressure to get a perfect print – especially the first 4 ish prints – the plate needs running in to get it to print perfectly.

Relief runner
A note here about the runners – we have these cut from a plastic company and sometimes the thickness of one runner to the other one can be slightly different – it could be a fraction of a mm and you will feel it in the Tommy bars when setting the pressure – if this is the case then just set each tommy bar so they feel the same – this is called the talk – so the talk you can feel through your hands when turning the tommy bars.

To give you an idea for hessian backed lino with the 4mm runners you will need 3 or 4 sheets of packing paper.

If you are getting movement in the plate – and you might do if the plate is large or if its soft cut or if its Japanese ply – then you can do 2 things – you can double side your plate down to a board to stabilise it and you can use thicker runners which means more packing paper – this will stop the movement.

Lino 1 1A note for those who use hessian backed lino, If you have been cleaning your plates with any type of oil then you have probably ruined your plates as the hessian backed lino is actually made from linseed oil so when you clean your plate with oil it sucks the ink into the plate making it extremely easy to slip when printing. We recommend cleaning using the Zest it Printmakers cleaner. Simply put it in a spray bottle and wipe your plate clean with a rag. 

Three things can happen when you go over the sandwich on your press bed
1. you get a perfect print because you are using the correct height runners and the right amount of packing paper. number 2 your ink on your print looks squashed because you have added to much packing paper even though you are using the correct height of runners – this means you need less packing paper and 3 your print is to light which means you have not added enough packing paper. As long as your ink is the right consistency you will be able to get perfect prints by using the correct amount of packing paper.

We can’t wait to see your wonderful prints! If you have any questions please feel free to drop me an email, Jenny@Ironbridgefinearts.co.uk

 

Thank you for reading!

Happy Printmaking!

All the best,

Jenny & The Team!

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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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“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!

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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.

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.

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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!”

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

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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.

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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.

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Jenny Gunning – Style…

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

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

 

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

Gunning Etching Press with Artwork by Jenny Gunning

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

 

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

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

 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

Happy Printmaking!

 

All the best,

 

Jenny & The Team!

 

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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.