Monoprints – unlike most forms of printing, mono prints usually produce only one print. My mono prints are creating by rolling a thin layer of  printing ink onto plexiglass. Ink is removed from the surface with rags, twigs, cotton buds, brushes. The plate is then run through a press. I like mono prints because they are fast, playful forms of mark making. I often have no clear image, and see what emerges, because mono printing can be quite spontaneous and quick, I find this frees me up to play and explore. My mono prints often inform my etchings and paintings.

Etchings/Drypoint – The gesture and marks created in etching are what excites me. Etching  is an intaglio process, which means  prints are created from plates in which the areas that carry the ink are recessed below the surface of the plate.  in which lines or areas are incised using acid into a metal plate in order to hold the ink. With etching you cover the plate in a thin barrier of ground (I use BIG ground – less toxic than traditional grounds) and use tools to lightly scratch into the surface. The plate will also have been protected on the back and sides, is then emerged in acid. The acid will erode the metal where the ground is removed creating lines and tones. With drypoint, you don’t have ground you work straight into the plate, engraving in a way. Etching lines tend to be clean, drypoint lines softer because the ink goes into burrs. For both etching and drypoint you need damp paper to mould to the form and draw out the ink. Drypoint is more delicate and will only produce a short run.

Collagraph – Can be intaglio or relief, and I tend to combine both. The word comes from collage. – I love collage (in the past it was a central part of my practice, but it’s still in there somewhere), theres something a bit punk about it. With less spitting. Before covid, I used to use a reusable cup to get my flat white. No longer allowed, I struggled with using the disposable cups (and struggled with not buying coffee and people losing their jobs), so I saved them and created these small Collagraph plates using carburum dust, xacto knives, drypoint tools and sealing them with shellac. I thought I was being pretty clever/resourceful, but if you look on the internet, there has a huge amount of inventiveness to allow people to continue printmaking through the epidemic.