Overview … <ul><li>About Me </li></ul><ul><li>My Inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Printing Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Platemaking & Printing </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of My Work </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibitions </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation </li></ul>
About Me I Draw fish for a living! I etch & print using traditional techniques to create my work Sell & exhibit my work around the world, via website etc.. Plymouth College A Levels Exeter College of Art & Design Foundation Course West Surrey College of Art & Design, BA (Hons) in Print Making Live and work in Plymouth
My Inspiration Childhood Memories Monaco Rock Pooling & Crabbing The underwater world of Jacques Cousteau Jules Verne Kon-Tiki Expedition by Thor Heyerdahl Old Four Legs – The story of the Coelacanth
My Inspiration Scuba Diving I am a keen diver, both in my home waters of Plymouth Sound and occasional diving trips abroad for inspiration! Study in detail marine life in their natural habitat And sometimes Supper!
What is a print? Prints A print is an image produced on paper or another material by placing it in contact with an inked block, plate, collage or stone and applying pressure; or by pressing ink onto a piece of paper through a stencil. Advantages The advantages of printmaking over painting or drawing is that you are creating more than one copy i.e. multiples or editions Editions An artist normally produces a limited edition and signs and numbers each print. 1/50
Etching - Preparing the copper plate Wax Ground Smoking the plate Creating the image Referring to sketches Finishing touches
Etching the plate A plate ready to etch Etching in acid Cleaning the plate The image emerges Ready for printing…
Printing Process for one print! Warming and inking the etched plate Wiping the plate Laying the plate on the bed of the press Laying damp paper over the plate Rolling plate through the press (Victorian Mangle) The printed image emerges Finished print Plate ready for re-inking etc…
Printmaking Debby Mason Exhibitions & Craft fairs (How I make my living!)
My Work & Exhibitions Exhibitions 2001 ongoing ZSL London 2004 Aquarium Finisterrae in La Coruna, Spain 2004 National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth 2006/7 L’Oceanografic in Valencia 2007 ‘The Deep’ in Hull until Jan 2008 2007 Dartmouth - Higher Street Gallery 2007 - The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Conservation “ I feel most strongly that we constantly take and profit from the sea and put very little of any good back in to it” In the North Sea 16lbs of marine creatures are destroyed by beam trawls for every… 1lb of marketable sole! Beam trawler by catch
Conservation 1 Kilo of dried sea horses is worth more than 1 Kilo of silver!