Gelatin Prints - I was invited to join in with a Gelatin Print workshop and really enjoyed the process. It had a real resonance with the way I like to produce and think about my work. The way in which the gelatin plate has a memory for the marks which have gone before and the capacity to layer these memories was fascinating. I felt much more flexible with the colour pallet (though still tentative!). Wanting to find a way to utilise colour again, this was a risk free process that has suggested to me some potential modes of working.
Silk Screen Prints - In order to explore some potential ways to develop surface, colour and compositional elements within my work, I've begun to experiment with silk screen printing. These are some of the initial testers on a variety of grounds. I wanted to use a more mechnaised process but one which also allowed for the element of chance occurrence. The joy of being a novice meant that there were a lot of 'happy accidents'. Here I've tried an open screen with improvised torn paper stencils as well as a photographic transfer stenciled onto the screen. Working onto raw canvas, canvas with collaged elements, plain paper, photocopies, collage on card and plywood allowed me to see a variety of outcomes and how different surfaces responded to the ink. There is a lot more to explore and I'm keen to get back into the print studio to re-work some of these as well as to test more ideas.