My upcoming exhibition at the Old Shoreditch Station with Bat Country Collective inspired me to come up with three new designs for screen print editions. This method of printmaking appeals to my desire to put images onto a physical page, to disperse a larger number of the same image while maintaining a handmade process and aesthetic. I use painting and drawing to make images, and screen printing takes both these methods and makes them more widely accessible. The drawings I use often come from a page of my sketch book, little changed but often enlarged and with details and colour added digitally, before I use that image to create positives. This allows me to keep the spontaneous line of the sketch, while at the same time producing a finished piece.
With it's earliest origins in ancient China, the stencil-based process of screen printing was popularised for artists' use largely by Andy Warhol, at a time when it was a cheap means of commercial reproduction. In more recent years, it has become a comparatively expensive and valued medium, as digital content makes images increasingly available. For me, it's a way of making work that connects me to people and places outside my studio; from producing the print itself to showing and distributing them to shops and galleries.
For some time I struggled to find ways of getting my art practice into a place where people could interact with it, while at the same time trying to balance other demands of life. As much as I wanted time and space to myself, I also craved a connection and a purpose for making work that extended beyond myself. While many illustrators base their practice in editorial content, I wanted to develop a different direction, one that grew out of my own story-telling methods which often used ambiguity, uncertainty, and humour in ways that were more poetic and less logical. This is a process I'm still, and perhaps always will be, developing, but for me putting my work into the world through printmaking has allowed me to meet and work with artists and illustrators, and to be open to other people being involved in making and selling my work. It also lets me work with a dense vibrancy of colour that has a unique richness, and a pleasing evenness that you don't get with any other medium.
It helps to keep me from getting stuck, I think, to have a number of outlets for visual practice. For me, there is a lot to discover through designing and producing screen print work.