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.
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?
“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.”
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…
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.