As part of the on going committment to developing print in the North West, Artlab contemporary print studios has awarded one years full membership to two of the most promising new graduates from UCLan this year.
Artlab Contemporary Print Studios is very pleased to announce this years Fellowship Artists are:
Naomi Jones and Rebecca Liggett
After completing a degree in Illustration, Naomi has decided to return to UClan this year to start the Children’s Book Illustration Masters. She has been working using print for around two years now, mostly producing collagraph and lino images. She is hoping to use her fellowship time to develope her silk screen skills inorder to produce a book based on the old nursery rhyme “Sing a song of Sixpence”.
Rebecca’s work is often based around our natural environment, creating images and ideas from places of personal value. Printmaking, in particular etching and embossing, is used widely in her work as a method of mass-producing images. She finds textures of natural objects intriguing, such as shells, leaves and feathers, water ripples and cracks in tree bark.
In addition to printmaking, Rebecca uses artists’ books as a way of binding her prints. Rebecca states “artists’ books more engaging than prints framed on a wall, as the viewer is able to interact with the books by picking them up and looking at them closely.”
Rebecca’s definition of an artists’ book is that it does not have to follow the traditional format of a book, for example, have a cover, read from left to right and top to bottom. It should, however, contain some form of information, and ‘read’ in a way that the viewer can follow in a logical sense. The information contained in the book can be written or visual. The beauty of an artists’ book is that many different materials can be used, and it can become as craft-based or sculptural as the artist wishes. Most importantly, any book, no matter if reproductions are made or if it is part of a series, should be viewed as an individual piece.
Both artists will be working in the studios at UCLan and displaying their new works through out the year.