I produce unique handmade images, printed individually in my studio in the Northwest of England. I particularly enjoy the experimental (and slightly unpredictable) aspects of printmaking, and often use unusual materials and starting points to develop my abstract interpretations of the world around me. I use a wide range of printmaking techniques, and while I often work on a series or theme, each finished piece is individual and a one-off piece of art.
I started my artistic journey many years ago as a freelance woven textile designer, designing and selling to the contract furnishing fabric trade. Now working from my canalside home in West Lancashire, I am at a point in my life when I have more time to devote to what I like doing best – creating images through exploration and experimental printmaking. I am very fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country, with access to both the coast and wonderful inland countryside to serve as inspiration.
I work in equal parts from the distilled memory of a place and in response to the colour and pattern in my immediate environment, producing unique or very small editions of hand pulled prints. I develop what I see through my mind’s eye – combining my observations with the memory of previous places and journeys.
Printing has a lot of problem solving and practical considerations running alongside constructing and creating. As I am particularly drawn to the experimental aspects of printing, my wider studio practice can include folding, layering, collage, and even printing on plaster forms. I have recently produced a range of work using recycled packaging as the plate, embracing the irregular overall plate shape this brings. I am also exploring my fascination with light through working with handprinted coloured acetate layers in acrylic blocks and other 3D pieces. While exploring using these varying approaches, I aim to capture an essence of both what I see and what I remember.
My prints are all handmade and individually inked, using a range of printing techniques including monoprint, drypoint, and collagraph printing, using oil based inks on a variety of papers. I am most happy combining these technical skills with a ‘what would happen if’ approach, resulting in unique exciting investigations and outcomes.
My work is generally not editioned in the traditional printmaking sense, so while I do print a very small number from a single plate, I ink and adjust each one individually, to produce unique images.
I sell a range of prints online, supplied with a mount, via my etsy shop – etsy.com/uk/shop/katespapers. A range of my wider body of work can be seen on my website – katetidmarsh.wixsite.com/home – which I also sell at in-person exhibitions. I document my studio log on Instagram – @katespapers .