One of the challenges of teaching printmaking to the design students on the Extended Diploma course has been trying to find ways of making it relate to the 3D and sculptural element of the pathway. The first brief the students worked on was character design using the surrealist game Exquisite Corpse as a starting point. One of the traditional print methods the students explored was etching. Working from characters that had be created in previous sessions students prepared and printed their whole character. These plates were then cut up into three sections again and rearranged to create further weird and wonderful characters. To extend this idea further each plate was inked up again and made into a cube, into which plaster was poured. Once the plaster had dried the plates were removed revealing the transferred designs. The idea was that the blocks could be stacked and rearrange in a multitude of different ways. This method of making 3 dimensional forms in print as also been extended to other forms of printing such as monotype, card relief and collagraph printing.
Next in our series on past students is our very own screen print technician and artist Amy Lanyon –
“I studied A-level Art at Truro College between 1999 and 2001. During my time there I had to make lots of decisions about the direction of my future and with the fantastic support of the lecturers and tutors I was able to make informed choices that lead me to where I am now, successfully working as an independent artist and designer.”
“My one-off original screen prints evolve from a sequence of processes and exploration of media to produce primarily shape-based and abstract compositions. None of my pieces are named because I want people to interpret the piece themselves, without being influenced by me. Part of my enjoyment of producing abstract pieces is to find out how my work makes people feel, so by leaving my pieces anonymous, I know that I am not influencing their thoughts. I was brought up surrounded by inspirational artwork, my grandfather was the St.Ives artist Peter Lanyon, and so I don’t think I could have avoided being influenced by artists such as Barbara Hepworth and Sir Terry Frost. In 1999 I was lucky enough to meet and interview Sir Terry Frost and I was utterly in awe of his work and his stories behind them.”
You can view more of Amy`s stunning prints online via her website HERE.
“I’m Zanna Goldhawk, originally from Penzance, but now I live in Cheltenham and study Illustration at the University of Gloucestershire.
Going to Truro college completely changed the course of my life, and I’m infinitely glad I chose to travel the hour and fifteen minutes it took me to get there every day because it was more than worth it for the incredible standard of teaching available at the college. Illustration was never a path I’d considered going down until I started my Graphics A Level at Truro, where I fell in love with it completely. I was lucky enough to have some really incredible teachers there (Jago Silver, Georgina Hounsome, Jo Doidge) who were a huge influence and a great inspiration to me, and who I still keep in touch with and still encourage and support me with my work.
I met my partner Harry Marshall at uni, and we started Papio Press together. Papio Press is largely an online business where Harry and I sell our illustrations on various products. We wanted to take our future into our own hands, instead of relying on commissions as illustrators. Our idea was to bring something beautiful into the everyday at affordable prices. We sell iPhone Cases, Notebooks, Pocket Mirrors, Tote Bags, Tea Towels and Prints – and we’re always expanding.
We have storefronts on Etsy and Not On The High Street, and business is booming. One of our products was recently featured in the January issue of Idea Home Magazine, which we can hardly believe since we’re just a couple of third year students who started a little business six months ago.”
A great success and great artwork I think you`ll agree.
You can also follow Zanna and Papio press on Facebook too.
Our print tech Amy Lanyon has just started running her 1st study plus class in printmaking and here are some of the results from week one.
1st and 2nd year Art and Design students produced some great experimental mono prints yesterday afternoon.
Here’s a selection of what they produced. Next week they will be starting the etching process.
You`ve seen what we do and what our students do, so now its time to meet some of the talented folks who run the show.
First up is our art and print technician extraordinaire – Amy Lanyon.
“My work evolves from a sequence of processes and exploration of media to produce primarily shape based and abstract compositions. None of my pieces are named and this is for a reason. I want the viewer to interpret the piece themselves, without me influencing them. Part of my enjoyment of producing abstract pieces is to listen to how my work makes people feel, so by leaving my pieces anonymous, I know that I am not influencing their thoughts.”
Her fabulous work can be seen at her website here. Or if you are coming to Truro College next September you can say Hi! in person.