April News April 04 2014

We have had a great start to our Spring Exhibition which will continue until Saturday 24th May. Exhibiting vibrant new prints by Vicky Oldfield have been well-received by all those visiting the gallery.  New pottery is available from Hampshire based Robert Goldsmith, who has been established since 1985.   Irish textile designer-makers   Eugene & Anke McKernan  who have also been trading for nearly 30 years,  have sent us a lovely new range of scarves for the 2014 season.

Vicky Oldfield studied (BA Hons) Design at Staffordshire University and then advanced printmaking at Richmond School of Art.  

Vicky’s strong images are created using collagraphs – an experimental form of printmaking. The prints are taken from plates which have been collaged with a variety of materials, card, fabric, paper, string, sand and anything else that may come to hand. The plates are then sealed and then inked up and printed in intaglio or relief on damp paper using an etching press. The embossed textural quality of the print is unique to this methods.   Thanks to the process itself, Vicky is able to make small editions of the image. The editions are variable due to the process and her desire to experiment, which means each print is unique. Continually inspired by plants, objects and the animals that surround her, her pictures are an atmospheric response to the beauty and drama of her daily life.