On day one you will collect leaves and fallen plant material from the Garden and take these back to the classroom to use to print your own individual covers, pages and inserts for your sketchbooks. There will be demonstrations of printmaking technique and uses of materials. You will work with monoprinting to create unique prints to build within the construct of your books, and create layered prints using and combining plant materials, mark making, textured materials and masking techniques. We will print onto heavy cotton rag paper and sheets of thinner artist quality paper, and experiment with masks and ghost prints to create individual and subtle images inspired by plants and vistas from the gardens.
On the second day you will select which prints to use for your books: a simple sewn sketchbook with printed covers and inserts, and a printed concertina Artist’s Book, including printed inserts. Step by step demonstration will be given of how to measure, cut, crop and prepare your prints and how to construct your books. By the end of the course you will have created three individual books and many prints.
Emma James is Cambridge based Contemporary Artist, Printmaker and Tutor. She has a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the Cambridge School of Art, and has taught at Kettles Yard, Cambridge School of Art, CUBG, Stapleford Granary, Artworks as well as a number of schools and colleges. She joined the team at The Curwen Print Study Centre as a Fine Art Printmaking tutor in 2010. She has a multi-disciplinary practice and has exhibited work around the UK, in group and solo exhibitions.