Romance and Whimsy – Collagraph printing with Joanna Allen

Saturday 20 May | 10am to 4pm

£125 per person, including garden entry and lunch

Learn how to create a collagraph print from scratch and produce one or many prints in one day, just using scissors, glue, paper and colourful inks.

During this full day workshop we will create collagraph plates using simple found materials, fabrics, textured papers, glue and more – a collagraph is basically a print taken from a collage. We will learn how to ink and wipe back the plate in order to take a successful print, explore texture and layers and have fun creating the plates using simple and accessible materials. 

You will have the opportunity to print using Cranfield oil based printing ink on a traditional intaglio printing press.  You will print on to specialist Fabriano printing paper. One sheet of A4 Fabriano Rosapina paper is included per person and any additional pieces or larger sizes are sold at cost.  

Please bring along ideas, photos or sketchbooks for inspiration, plus an old white dinner plate and any textured papers, cloth, lace or wallpapers you would like to use in your print.

The session includes tea, coffee and a locally sourced graze box lunch from the Chatsworth Estate Farm shop. You will also have time to explore the garden at the end of the session. 

Meet at 9.50am at the top garden gates (near the Stables) ready for a 10am start.

About the artist:
As both an experienced artist and qualified teacher Joanna Allen has been running collagraph print classes for over 17 years. She graduated from Manchester Polytechnic (now MMU) with a degree in Printed Textiles. Joanna has been an artist and printmaker for over thirty years. She has exhibited her work in galleries in the UK and abroad, and still holds regular print making workshops from her studio in New Mills.

Her hand coloured collagraphs and monoprints are transformed into beautiful printed textiles, evoking a romantic and whimsical world.

About her work, Jo says "I enjoy the process of layering materials, often combining print, paint pastels and inks on the same piece. I seek to capture the quiet calm mysterious beauty of everyday objects and places, but infused with a touch of romance and magic."

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