This Easter, from 13th to 17th of April, one of SW Scotland’s best known printmakers, Colin Blanchard, will be occupying one of the smart new upstairs gallery spaces at The Whitehouse Gallery, in the ‘Artists Town’ of Kirkcudbright.
During his residency, Colin will be setting up and using equipment for his two favourite print mediums: linocut and screen printing. He will aim to show the process of creating his original hand-printed limited edition prints – from concept to finished edition; by working throughout the five days on one or more of his new prints. There will be a full display of his work – both framed and unframed – in the same gallery, with examples of some of the processes that went into making them.
Excitingly too, visitors will be also be able to join in and complete the printing of two unique combination screen print and linocut greeting cards/small prints that Colin has created especially for the event, which they will be able to take away with them.
‘I am really looking forward to this short residency in what is a great gallery in a vibrant town. I am passionate about explaining the realities and possibilities of original prints – as opposed to reproduction ‘giclees’. But it will be a new experience for me – to try and work away from all my lovely big presses and other equipment I have in my studio (at Craigshaw Barns near Lockerbie).
Moreover, just lately, I have been interested in seeing just what can be achieved with the simplest of ‘table-top’ printmaking equipment, which anyone can set up at home. I will be using what is a very new discovery for me – a small, cheap, but highly efficient little portable roller press; as well as a simple small table screen printing kit I have made for the event.
So I hope the conversations with visitors will range far and wide; from the ideas, subject content and production of some of my more complex work to all important basic print craft techniques.’