f theres a theme running through issue nine, its one of community and resilience be it the fierce friendship and commitment to the cause found at East London Printmakers or the search for a new place to print like the adventures of Sinclair Ashmans US residency or Kay Van Bellens more permanent move to a new country. Stories that speak of togetherness, but are never without an element of mild peril.
We hear from a host of makers taking inspiration from their surroundings and creating their own personal narratives, such as John Fellows epic mountain prints and Fenne Kustermans zines that explore her need for solitude. And, by taking a look at the positive effect that creativity can have on mental health, we shine a light on the importance of making personal work, just for yourself, as much as showing it or selling it.
Continuing our journey into the far corners of the printmaking world, we talk to US artist Don Kilpatrick III about his unique shoe prints and out-of-this-world woodcuts. Around the time of the launch of this issue, I signed up to a relief printing course and Ill be thinking of all of these great printmakers whilst trying my best at linocut, woodcut and more no doubt theyll help me to build up my own resilience, to keep printing and make the most of being part of a vibrant printmaking community, both near and far.How an artist chooses to tell a story through their prints is always interesting and its been a pleasure this issue to talk to comic artist and printmaker Jon McNaught about his process of capturing small moments in print and on the page. There are tales in the tree ring prints by Nice Art People, stories in the ethereal cyanotypes of Craig Keenan and an animated fable of a journey into the afterlife (made using collagraph prints) by Marine Rivoal & Claire Sichez.
Another epic journey features in this issue, with Jack Blake and Barbara Salvadori packing their panniers and cycling the paper road in search of papermakers, absorbing their unique knowledge and techniques and finding that although the tools and people may be different the world over, they share a love for the handmade. Wherever you find inspiration, be sure to put it in your prints.
Issue 7 featured artists/studios:
3rd Rail Printspace Jack Blake Rik Buter Andrew Holder Intoart Kaminka
Kars + Boom Craig Keenan Jonathan Lawes Letterpers Andy Lovell Jon McNaught Will Mower Nice Art People Nicholas Perra Marine Rivoal Barbara Salvadori Claire Sichez Atelier Titi We Are Out Of Office Hinke Weikamp Claire Willberg