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Nature Printing: An Introduction with Jacqui Symons

Sat 17 September
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm

The Workshop

Spend a day learning how to produce beautiful and original prints directly from nature. This simple yet incredibly beautiful and effective technique uses plants, flowers and leaves to create your artwork, resulting in lifelike and incredibly detailed prints.

This practical workshop will introduce you to the technique by experimenting with a variety of different leaves and colour, discovering how different plants and textures print and looking at different compositions. You’ll use a small etching press to create your prints, alongside learning how to use a baren to print by hand. The class will cover how to select and prepare your leaves and plant material, how to apply ink and colour and the different options for transferring your leaf prints onto paper. We’ll use traditional linseed-oil based relief and intaglio inks for this workshop, but you’ll get the opportunity to try out some plant-based inks for yourself to see the difference between commercially-produced inks and handmade inks.

This course is suitable for complete beginners, artists interested in using nature printing within their work through to more experienced printmakers that would like to learn this technique.

Tickets include materials, lunch & refreshments.

The Workshop Leader

Jacqui’s practice focuses on multiples and repetitions to explore perception and observation of the surrounding world, encouraging the viewer to approach the familiar in a new and more considered way. She is fascinated by the intricate and the detail, which comes though in all aspects of her work, including printmaking, surface design, installation and sculpture.

Jacqui originally trained as a graphic designer and illustrator. With brief forays into event management, film, TV and medical illustration, she soon returned to the arts, developing both her own practice and also working closely with groups to encourage creativity, inclusivity and engagement. She has worked with the arts and health sector for over 10 years both in hospitals and other health environments.

Jacqui lives and works on the edge of Manchester, happily located between the city and the Peak District, which allows her to enjoy both urban and rural environments. Her work has been exhibited both in the UK and internationally, most recently in Hong Kong, Beijing and Canada.



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