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Pressing Matters

Pressing Matters Issue 10

Wow, issue ten! It certainly feels like quite an achievement to get to double figures – it doesn’t seem that long ago that the first issue was coming together and we were excited to share it with those who might be interested. In the last three years it’s been a real joy to dig deeper and immerse ourselves in the world of printmaking. And the community we’ve met has always been so sharing and encouraging in equal parts – something that’s so important with any ‘leap of faith’ project – just ask Macy Chadwick, who tells her story of founding the brilliant In Cahoots residency in this issue. 

As we start a new year, new ideas and projects come to the fore – exciting experiments and the appetite to take on a new technique or push a style further. Whether you are like our minimal, monochrome cover stars Jollygoodfellow, or Mark Wheatley and Chris Sleath with their fizzy colour prints, it’s clear there’s plenty of space to explore in your given field and you printmakers seem to be doing this in ever more creative ways.

There’s also a sense that printmakers are getting more aware of the impact of printing on the environment and looking closer at sustainability in their practices. Artist Sarah Gillespie’s etching of moths highlight the steep decline of these wonderful insects and a group of masked letterpress disruptors list the re-use of materials as a key point in their manifesto. Even ideas can be recycled and re-defined, with Nanette Wallace’s haunting monoprints a reminder that working with what you have can make for richer narratives in prints and surprising, unplanned moments.

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Issue 10 featured artists/studios:

5X Letterpress • Laura Boswell • Macy Chadwick • Mary Dalton • Chad Danieley • Melvyn Evans • Sarah Gillespie • Hello Marine • Jollygoodfellow • Libri Finti Clandestini • Lucy McLauchlan • OMG Press • Edie Overturf • Graeme Reed • Fiona Rimmer • Society of Wood Engravers • Anastasia Suvorova • TYPA • Veloset Press • Nanette Wallace • Mark Wheatley

 

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