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JOAN FRANCIS

For many years I have been a printmaker using intaglio and relief printing methods, monoprinting and photographic processes. I often start with a photo taken whilst out walking then develop drawings and images from it or use the photo directly as part of an image e.g. in a cyanotype print or in making a printing plate. Combining both abstract and actual images I might re-work a print many times building up layers, the final image being a variety of printing methods and mixed media and rarely as originally planned. Emotional and political responses also underlie my art process and practice.

Since my collaborative exhibition ‘Shorelines’ at Artsmill last year with Sheila Tilmouth and Philippa Troutman I had wanted to continue exploring and developing some unfinished prints and ideas. However the huge impact of Covid has meant my focus has changed and I have adapted my work to what has been possible.

Cyanotypes have been a great process during Covid due to their simplicity and immediacy. I have also revisited old prints and hand tinted and drawn into them. I am aware how my response to Covid has affected my work.

My house move just before lockdown to an amazing new garden has provided both a refuge and inspiration for me. ‘My Garden’ collograph plate has emerged as I have watched flowers and shrubs appear and flower over the months.

All prints are for sale, I also have a variety of cards for sale of my work. Please contact me for more information or if you would like to arrange a visit to the studio.

Abstract mixed media prints in response to different landscapes.

LINDEN ARTS STUDIOS
Hebden Bridge
Joan Francis

For many years I have been a printmaker using intaglio and relief printing methods, monoprinting and photographic processes. I often start with a photo taken whilst out walking then develop drawings and images from it or use the photo directly as part of an image e.g. in a cyanotype print or in making a printing plate. Combining both abstract and actual images I might re-work a print many times building up layers, the final image being a variety of printing methods and mixed media and rarely as originally planned. Emotional and political responses also underlie my art process and practice.

Since my collaborative exhibition ‘Shorelines’ at Artsmill last year with Sheila Tilmouth and Philippa Troutman I had wanted to continue exploring and developing some unfinished prints and ideas. However the huge impact of Covid has meant my focus has changed and I have adapted my work to what has been possible.

Cyanotypes have been a great process during Covid due to their simplicity and immediacy. I have also revisited old prints and hand tinted and drawn into them. I am aware how my response to Covid has affected my work.

My house move just before lockdown to an amazing new garden has provided both a refuge and inspiration for me. ‘My Garden’ collograph plate has emerged as I have watched flowers and shrubs appear and flower over the months.

All prints are for sale, I also have a variety of cards for sale of my work. Please contact me for more information or if you would like to arrange a visit to the studio.