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Textures of the Landscape: Exploring Collagraph Printmaking

  • Location: Malham Tarn
  • Tutor: Hester Cox
  • Dates: Friday 27 September 2019 to Sunday 29 September 2019
  • Times: 04:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £150

This course is fully booked on this date but you can join the waiting list (by scrollling to the bottom of the page) in case space becomes available or it is run on another date.

Spend the weekend with professional printmaker Hester Cox exploring the textural possibilities of collagraph printmaking. Collagraph is Hester's favourite medium and the way that she creates the majority of her work. Collagraph is one of the most diverse ways of making printing plates with artists limited only by their imagination and what they can physically get through the etching press!

Using cutting, pastes and collage materials, such as patterned papers and natural objects, participants will create highly textured and distinctive prints. The first evening will introduce participants to the various techniques for making collagraph plates, being inspired by example pieces and exploring the grounds of the field centre (weather permitting) to collect suitable natural materials for inspiration or to print with.

During Saturday, Hester will discuss and demonstrate various techniques for making collagraph plates, then working on a one-to-one basis with each student exploring their design ideas and helping them to construct their own collagraph plates. Saturday evening will be free time during when participants may wish to relax in the centre’s communal areas, browse Hester’s collection of printmaking books or explore the woods and wildflowers of the Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve.

Sunday will be spent printing. Participants will learn how to ink and wipe their plates effectively, how to print in monochrome and colour and they will be given the chance to experiment with fine tissues and papers to create areas of colour or collage in their prints using the fascinating technique of chine collé. 

Collagraph is a relatively non-toxic and low impact printmaking method. Hester uses oil-based inks and cleans plates using vegetable oil. It is advised that participants wear old clothes or aprons. Nitrile gloves will be provided. Inks, paper and all other materials are included in the course fee. However, if you have items that you wish to bring along to print with, you are more than welcome to do so. Some examples may include ribbons, lace, feathers, leaves, sketches or images for inspiration etc. but there is no requirement to bring these as Hester will have a range of items with her. The course is suitable for complete beginners but those with some printmaking experience are welcome come and develop their skills. 

Hester has a BA (hons) in Illustration and works from her studio in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Her colourful and richly textured limited-edition collagraph prints reflect her appreciation of the natural landscape. She is a member of Leeds Fine Artists, Printmakers Circle, Printmaking Online and Ålgården Studios in Sweden. Awards include an Extending Practice Award from Chrysalis Arts in 2011, which allowed her to work with the Mercer Gallery and the British and Yorkshire Museum, and she was one of ten artists selected to take part in Mirror Images, an international printmaking exhibition, which showed simultaneously in North Yorkshire, Scotland, Finland and Sweden in 2015.

She has taught printmaking workshops privately and for organisations such as The Woodland Trust, ArtisOn Ltd, North Yorkshire County Council and Rural Arts. Her enthusiasm for teaching others how to create prints has found her not only offering studio-based classes but has led to some unusual fun events such as drop-in sessions for families in a woodland folly, creating monotypes and cyanotypes in the snow with teachers on an INSET day, teaching adults to create linocuts in the beautiful renovated conservatory at Scampston Hall and showing children how to make monotypes of live hens during a food festival at Swinton Park. www.hestercox.com

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