Collective Works

Press Gang Printmakers


Tuesday 19 September - Sunday 1 October 2017
10 am - 5 pm
Admission free


Anita Reynolds

Claudia White

Delia Elliot

Gilly Cotter

Ysabel Winzar

Hilary Soper

Maggie Smith

Caroline Barker

Rosemary Moser
Sue Stewart

Also showing work: Derek Symons and Janette Jagger

Press Gang Printmakers is a lively group of artists based at Salcombe Art Club. Set up by Mike Glanville in 2008, the group is now run as a collective with all sharing the responsibilities of running the workshop and organising exhibitions.

The group has continued to evolve with workshops and trips to see other printmakers’ work broadening our knowledge of the craft. This year several members attended a woodblock workshop run by Rod Nelson which has generated great enthusiasm for new relief prints.

Over the last year members of Pressgang have developed a relationship with an Antipodean group of printmakers, also called Pressgang, and based in Sydney. This collaboration involves an exchange of prints which will be displayed during our show. A theme of ‘body parts’ formed the starting point for the Salcombe-based Pressgang’s prints, which members are also binding into a book to send to Australia.

Sharing the knowledge of methods and techniques has always been important to the creativity of the group and expanding that conversation with other groups, wherever they are, is important to the vibrancy of our work. The exhibition includes collaborative works as well as prints by individuals.

Caroline Barker has made several new handmade books including a pop-up book with linocut swimmers.

Inspired by Kefalonia in the Aegean sea and sailing past beautiful scenes of mountains and sun spangled water, Rosemary Moser shows woodcuts from a holiday in Greece, as well as woodcuts of Devon fields in urazaishki technique using watercolours on Kawanaka paper.

Anita Reynolds has spent the last few months making onsite monoprints on Dartmoor. This summer she is attending a course in Barcelona with printmaker Ewa Budka to learn the technique of Mokulito (lithography on plywood). If successful some of these prints may be included in the exhibition. Watch this space!

Maggie Smith took part in the Woodcut workshop led by Rod Nelson, resulting in her print "Lake View, Glenridding”. She has also worked on some print montages for wedding present commissions over the last six months and some of the individual drypoint work from these will be on show at the exhibition.

Ysabel Winzar and Hilary Soper continue to make prints together under their joint name "Compass Rose". Adding to their successful works on the weather, ships and sea they are focusing on another shared love: their gardens. Different print techniques, used on the same image in different ways, result in bold glimpses between the garden and the space inside the windows. Sunflowers are bound to feature, along with other stars of the flower beds.

Claudia White's most recent prints are the result of becoming smitten by the art of woodblock printmaking and a desire to make a shift toward abstraction in her art work. They have, for the most part, been created through a process of ‘translating’ calligraphic marks made in response to visual stimuli onto wood blocks which have then been printed by hand burnishing onto Japanese Kozo paper.