Marian says she is at her 'happiest and best' when making and works from her (amazing sounding) 'shed' on the side of a hill in rural West Wales. She makes beautiful collagraph prints with a subtle monochrome palette and just the odd pop of colour or touch of gold leaf.
Who are you?
Hi I’m Marian
Mother of three, shed dweller and allotment neglecter
What do you Make/Do?
I’m a printmaker
I dabble with screen printing, wood cuts the odd bit of lino but collagraphs are my thing.
Do you have a background in craft and design - when did you first start making?
Yes I do. I studied fine art painting at uni and have always made and am at my happiest and best when doing so.
I did lots of lino printing in school and had a brief introduction to printmaking on foundation but it wasn’t until I joined a local printing group printers in the sticks seven years ago that I realised how much I enjoyed it. It’s a self directed group where we learn from each other and together so I feel very much self taught.
Can you describe your typical making process?
I’d love to, I’m a real night owl so all my ideas and plans tend to fill my head when i should be drifting off to sleep, I’m not one for sketch books although I’m trying to make an effort as my head is so full, more ideas than time at the moment which Is a great position to be in.
I’ll then draw out my plan or image onto tissue paper As there is always an abundance of it (it’s used to wrap the damp prints in, to transport home from the print group safely and smudge free) or straight onto mount board which I use as the plate for my collagraphs. The mount board is then worked into and onto, peeling away thin layers to refeel a more textured surface wich holds the ink and gives you your darker tones the surface is also scratched and drawn into with controlled and haphaserd lines, dots and marks (i like this bit a lot) highlights are added by applying glue to the surface. it’s then cut to shape, my most recent prints are made up of several smaller plates like peacing together a quilt with each one layed intuitively onced seald with schellac and inked.
The plate is inked intaglio, the ink is applied quite thickly and worked into the plate with gauze and then buffed away, firstly with yellow pages and then more tissue paper. once ready and it can take a while up to an hour for a larger peace it’s sent through the press with damp paper.
With one hand behind your back and fingers crossed you lift the paper for the reveal
What do you enjoy most about the process?
Can you describe your studio/workspace?
It’s a shed In my garden on the side of a hill in rural west wales. I guess it’s a bit more than a shed, My husband built it about two years ago it’s wonderful with insulation and everything including my very own planchest and press with I got back in October , It’s seldom tidy.
What keeps you going whilst you work - soundtrack? Snacks? A fluffy sidekick?
It’s usually the radio and the odd podcast with lots of tea
What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
I’ve got a lot more playing with small geometric shapes to do
Three things you can’t live without:
My kids, Sam, Seren and Gruff
Three favourite places:
There’s a couple of spots along the Ystwyth river and any old table filled with food and crowded with friends and family.
Three favourite foods:
Mums roast dinner
You can see a selection of Marian's prints in the homeware collection here.