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East London Printmakers at The Illustration Fair 2015

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East London Printmakers have been invited to participate in The London Illustration Fair again this July.

The fair, based in Hoxton Arches brings artists and illustration lovers together to showcase the diversity of illustration in London and further afield. We’re very excited to have six fantastic artists and illustrators who will be showcasing there latest prints!

They’ll be exhibiting next to some greats and some familiar faces this year, including Heretic Studio, Hello Print Studio and Belly Kids.

The exhibiting artists from ELP are:

Narcsville

 

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Nick Scott has been making artwork for a wide variety of clients over the past decade. Working heavily with bands, he has also worked with international brands in both digital and print media.

Eliza Southwood

 

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Eliza is an artist and illustrator based in London. Most of her current work is printmaking, with subject matter ranging from cycling themes and urban landscapes to large abstract paintings. She also works with collage, charcoal and acrylic.
She has been awarded the Bronze Prize Illustration and her work will be on display at the London Transport Museum as part of the The Prize for Illustration 2015 exhibition until September.

Dolores de Sade

 

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Dolores de Sade’s work is primarily focused on the landscape, but concerned with memory, nostalgia, myth and narrative. She is interested in what landscape means to us today, exploring our experience of such as an industrialised nation and how it is distilled through popular media. Influenced by eighteenth and nineteenth century book and periodical illustration, she is interested in ways that information is given the authority of knowledge and how knowledge is transposed through memory, nostalgia and archetype.
She draws parallels between the challenges brought about by the sudden plethora of images and information that new printing techniques and the early beginnings of mass media in the eighteenth and nineteenth century brought about, and those of our own digital age.

Helen Ashton

 

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Helen’s working methods centre around the amalgamation of photography, drawing and collage through the medium of printmaking. She’s interested in the constraints and subsequent consequences of print as a mechanistic process.

 

Eleanor Rogers

 

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Eleanor Rogers is an Artist and Designer who lives and works in London. She is an active member of the East London Printmakers and exhibits with them locally and internationally. She studied Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art, after which she completed a Scholarship to Florence. It was in Florence she began drawing seriously and has not stopped since. Her style of creating is varied, immediate and often humorous opting to make works that instantly impact upon the viewer with its use of colour, text and varied references to popular culture.

I make work in lino, screen print and etching. When I draw it is fast, simple and cut throat and I strive to hold on to this quality within my prints. I try to be honest in all I capture, and aim to create images that are inviting in their hope and strangeness.

Belinda Chen

 

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Belinda Chen is the creator of Bel’s art world. She is a freelance illustrator, printmaker and book artist based in East London.
Her passion for drawing and art began from a very early age. Growing up in a small family run ceramic factory in North Taiwan. Belinda imagined the factory as a giant playground. It has inspired her to create from childhood striving to create dream-like utopia to be enjoyed by both children and adults of all ages.
Her work normally appears in children’s story books, editorials, textiles and stationery.

Tickets for the fair are available NOW with a reduced price for entry on Friday. Please use the promotional code ‘cosmic’ to receive your discount. Click here to get your tickets!

Look forward to seeing you there!

The London Illustration Fair 2015
10th – 12th July
Hoxton Arches
E2 8HD

Eleanor Rogers

About

Eleanor Rogers is an Artist and Designer who lives and works in London. She is an active member of the East London Printmakers and exhibits with them locally and internationally. She studied Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art, after which she completed a Scholarship to Florence. It was in Florence she began drawing seriously and has not stopped since. Her style of creating is varied, immediate and often humorous opting to make works that instantly impact upon the viewer with its use of colour, text and varied references to popular culture.

I make work in lino, screen print and etching. When I draw it is fast, simple and cut throat and I strive to hold on to this quality within my prints. I try to be honest in all I capture, and aim to create images that are inviting in their hope and strangeness.

www.eleanorrogers.co.uk

Heretic Studio Talk at East London Printmakers

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Last month Heretic Studio joined us in our new space at East London Printmakers.

Luke and Jon plastered our studio walls with their colourful, psychedelic screenprints and came to chat about what they do and how they do it.

Luke, Jon and Therese are Heretic are an experimental screen printing trio based in our studio block in London Fields, Hackney. Heretic formed in 2008 as a means to collaborate, experiment and develop their print practices. Heretic are responsible for producing some of the most exciting prints in London today. The trio are a design and screenprinting powerhouse, their eye for design is impeccable and the translation into print is what any printmaker would aspire to.

The trio have shared a studio since 2005 which was shared by 6 artists. The name of the studio Heretic was where their name came from when they formed the group in 2008.

 

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Initially, the group mainly explored what they could do with illustration/ collage and vector based work. They worked on self initiated projects, which soon led to commission based work.
In the early days they worked on gig posters and music based prints which turned out to be ideal collaborative experiments. Their earliest work was comprised of detailed collage, examples of which you can see in one of their first projects Forbidden Union. They enjoyed the idea of forcing things together that shouldn’t necessarily fit, and applied them to shapes, forms and colour, with screenprinting being the medium that held everything together.

 

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Gig posters and music related commissions, that aren’t necessarily paid to well, gave them the freedom to experiment and develop a visual language. They were able to develop a formula to their approach whilst still maintaining a loose way of working. These projects led to record cover commissions, installations as well as giving the chance to build relationships with labels.

 

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After giving us a brief intro Luke and Jon went on to discuss their most recent project, Spectral Nation, which stemmed from an exhibition of the same name.
The project began with a simple brief – exploring how colours interact.

After years of developing screen printing Heretic used a back to basics approach for this show. A shift away from their intensely detailed work, they drastically reduced their visual palette and started exploring ways they could manipulate colour. The overriding importance was on screen printing as a medium and looking at the journey an image makes.

They focussed on how colours can interact on the page, using gradients and flat layers of colour and experimenting with digital elements being put through analogue processes.

Here they’ve attempted to create bang on perfect gradients using digital elements….

 

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Example of gradient created using digital process – diffusion dither and putting it through the analogue process screenprinting.

 

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Colour gravity – described by Heretic as a meditation in colour! We agree, these are some of our favourites.

 

….next to hand made gradients that start messy but actually become beautiful in their own right.

 

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‘The Loop’, a mobius strip of eternal colour was an example of their quest to achieve a constant smooth fade of colours into one another.
Whilst working in this way they faced a variety of visual complications. These hidden complexities were embraced, they played with the mistakes, glitches and any visual complications that came out of the work.
Screen printing throws unexpected results all the time and their are so many variables. Even after 15 or 16 years of experience they say they’re still learning.
Spectral nation is an ongoing project and an area they’ll continue to pursue and will keep growing.

 

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When Heretic were invited to do design the second issue of Print Isn’t Dead this became another opportunity to take the ideas they had formed through the Spectral Nation Project and apply it.
They were asked to design a version for litho and a short run of screen printed versions. In the end they designed a whooping 500 versions of the cover! Every cover is different and individual. They changed the colour variations throughout, changing the way they used the screen, changing colours, flipping screens etc.
It was a fun commission which allowed them to take a playful approach, develop a visual language and explore their ideas further.
The ink was sponsored which always helps!

 

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What next?

Other than their ultimate dream of putting a window in their studio, Heretic would like to work on a much larger scale and begin to work without not too much computer interference. They like the idea of composing prints directly on the screen bed and working until the prints make sense which they feel will be an enjoyable way to work.
Well with this in mind we’re certainly very excited to see the next instalment.

 

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We’re very lucky to be able to see Heretic producing some fantastic prints first hand just across the corridor! It was fantastic to have them in the studio, their talk and their prints injected so much life and colour into the studio. They were full of words of advice, encouragement and love for the screen printing. It was an absolute pleasure to have them in the studio, so big thanks goes out to them as well as to everyone who came on the night.

If you want an opportunity to see their work, they will be exhibiting alongside ELP at the London Illustration Fair next month!

Part of our Artist Talk Series 2015. Our next talk will be with family printing business Perrott Bespoke Printers on Tuesday 21st July.

www.hereticheretic.co.uk

www.spectralnation.com

 

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ELP at The London Illustration Fair

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This July, a selection of artists from East London Printmakers will be exhibiting at the London Illustration Fair in Hoxton Arches!

The fair brings artists and illustration lovers together to showcase the diversity of illustration in London and further afield.

We are excited to announce the ELP line up for this year will be :
Helen Ashton
Eleanor Rogers
Belinda Chen
Narcsville
Eliza Southwood
Dolores de Sade

For more info about the artists exhibiting have a look here

Come along to see brand new work from these fantastic artists! Get your tickets here.

The London Illustration Fair 2015
10th – 12th July
Hoxton Arches
E2 8HD

Nicola Styan

About

 
The screenprints explore London icons from various positions and lighting conditions that celebrate infrastructure which empower the identity of London’s historical icons and locations. The loss of a building is also documented. The body of work includes a Fingerprint Series of limited edition screenprints that represent the author at the scene of iconic locations including events, films and artist’s masterpieces. The book Fingerprint Remembers London in 2012 is a collection of these.

Nicola Styan studied a BA Fine Art in Printmaking at Winchester School of Art and MA Fine Art in Printmaking at University of Brighton. She has exhibited continuously in London and regionally.

www.nicolastyan.co.uk
nicola@nicolastyan.co.uk