Frequently asked questions
Where is Marazion?
Marazion is a pretty market town, situated in the far south west coast of Cornwall. It is considered a hidden gem & personally speaking, has always been a favourite. Marazion's most notable attraction is St Michael's mount, previously a monastical site, it is currently under the custodianship of the St. Aubyn family as well as, links to the National Trust. The Mount held an important geographical role supporting landing of fishing catch as well as, being a harbour port from which trade could be widely distributed. Despite its appearance as a sea-locked island, a cobbled tidal coastal path appears at low tide, making walking to the Mount possible, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The Mount has many associated myth & legends, one of my favourites read by my friend Jen Tredinnick, can be found here.
What makes Marazion Gallery special?
Marazion Gallery is an artist-led gallery, in other words, it is co-operatively run by the creative people, who contribute their work to it. All the artists are locally based & specialise in their own unique craft. There is a variety of skill & artwork to consider when you visit the gallery & depending on the day, any one of the artists will be in store, waiting to greet you. This provides all of our customers with the unique experience of being able to meet the artist who's work you are interested in or, about to purchase & is therefore, a more positive & personal experience. Purchasing independent, local art & craft means contributing to a more direct, sustainable approach of purchasing art as well as, supporting the people who live & work in Cornwall. Basically, coming to our gallery is a win win scenario. For more information about the artists at the gallery, check out the website here or, look on social media by searching 'Marazion gallery'. There are also direct links via my Instagram profile, see icon above.
Several years ago, I was invited to accompany a friend to a Lino cutting christmas card workshop, with Fiona Leighton, the extremely talented creator & founder of Particle Press. Not only did we eat fantastic homemade cake, we also enjoyed an incredibly accessible introduction (& for me, a re-introduction) to basic printmaking. I distinctly remember when Fiona introduced us to the concept of our design needing to be backwards, her saying, "whatever you do, do not attempt writing!". Of course, I did & I went on to have so much fun, I returned several times the following year, familiarising myself with aspects of print, something I had not done since I attending art school. I was a member of Falmouth College of art in my formative years, pre-expantion of the college & studied Studio Ceramics. This didn't so much expand my creative confidence, it almost completely end it. Some of my final year work at FCA, included screen printed enamel transfers for a conceptual installation, which allowed me to fall briefly in love with the print studio on campus, only a few months before I was due to complete my course.
Returning to printmaking has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Two years ago I decided to experience a formal introduction to etching at John Howard's Print Studio, based at Jubilee Wharf, in Penryn. I have never looked back & continue to learn all aspects of relief printmaking, amongst other talented printmakers, who are great to work with. What suits me specifically, in terms of process, is the breadth of learning & techniques contemporary printmaking allows. It can be as simple or, complicated as I need the process to be; from photographic photopolymer etching, to more painterly approaches in monotype print. Contemporary printmaking is varied, expansive & exciting. It can be direct (soft ground techniques) complicated & or, layered. Essentially, printmaking is technical, artful play & there is always something new to learn, which I love.
In 2020, I was awarded a mentorship grant by a branch of Creative Kernow, Cornish business support organisation, Cultivator & received funding to work one-to-one with John, in the studio, further developing my creative voice. I have since gone on to participate in several exhibitions, become a member of Marazion Gallery & taken time to continually develop more aspects of fine art & illustrative work. To see current pieces & process take a look the gallery here (see above) or, Instagram, which is often a useful way to keep in touch with whatever I am currently making.
More information about Marazion
Visitor info & National Trust guide to St Michaels Mount
What is Jubilee Wharf?
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