An exhibition of screen prints and photopolymer etchings by Sarah Roach.
“I’ve been thinking about what brings together the two strands of work that make up this exhibition, that I have been working on for the last year (or so). What links my stones and my grasses – my photopolymers and my screen prints? Was it my excitement about the lines and shapes created by these two seemingly disparate forms from nature, was it my obsession with trying to create a sense of silence and stillness in my work, or was it just a personal exploration of two printing methods? Really it was all three, with a large chunk of time chucked in for good measure.
Silence cannot exist without time. The circles, structure and lines created here are shaped by time. Time shapes everything.
The grass grows, spreads it seed, fades and disappears back to the earth with the seasons. The stones and their lines and veins are like echoes of what once was – the greater story of their creation. Their seemingly fragile mineral lines, worn gradually by the weather and the ebb and flow of the tides eventually returning back to the earth. All to begin again. The photograph and the print create a pause in these processes exposing shapes and lines that exist in space and time only for a fleeting moment.
The two printing processes allow me to explore silence, space and time through both darkness and light. The screen prints through light, space and minimal lines, the photopolymers through tangible darkness and textures. Both (I hope) creating a sense of silence and stillness for the viewer.”
Green Door Printmaking Studio
Banks Mill Studios
71 Bridge St
8 September – 5 November 2018
International Print Exchange 2018
This year, Green Door Printmaking Studio is celebrating the 10th year of their International Print Exchange!
The International Print Exchange is a unique opportunity to see work from printmakers all around the world, to explore various printmaking methodologies and practises and to purchase quality prints at an affordable price.
In 2009, David Johnson (husband of Anna Johnson, Creative Director of Green Door Printmaking Studio) sent out the original call for interest to printmakers all around the world with the hopes that a few would be interested in a small studio, based in the United Kingdom, organising such an event.
Within just 24 hours, over 400 positive emails from national and international printmakers were received and prompted the beginning of the first International Print Exchange in 2009. David was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly after the first exchange was completed, and after a precious few months with his family around him, sadly passed away on 4th June 2010. Whilst no longer with us, David’s legacy of the International Print Exchange has now reached its 10th year and Green Door Printmaking Studio is organising and hosting the event to both celebrate and commemorate the occasion.
Each participating printmaker creates and submits a limited edition of ten prints specifically for the exchange. These prints are created using a recognised fine art printmaking technique with archival materials. Of the ten prints submitted, Green Door Printmaking Studio keeps two; the first for their archive and exhibition; the second for sale to fund future exchange projects (in return, if sold, this printmaker will receive free entry to the following year’s exchange). The remaining prints are randomised and sorted, and each printmaker receives eight random prints in return from participating printmakers.
Each year, prints submitted to the International Print Exchange are compiled into an artist’s book for both posterity and for sale. This year, being the 10th Anniversary of the event, the International Print Exchange will include a retrospective anthology of all prints ever submitted over the last 10 years into one publication, containing over 1000 images of prints from international printmakers, and will be available to purchase online.
The culminated prints will be exhibited at Banks Mill Studios, from 5th October to 3rd November (open 11am – 3pm, closed Tuesdays and Sundays). Members of the public are invited to celebrate the launch on Friday 5th October (5pm – 8pm).
For more information, please visit: www.internationalprintexchange.org
Banks Mill Studios
71 Bridge St
5 Oct – 4 Nov 2018
Friday 5th October 2018 (5pm – 8pm)