Out & About

Out & About: Sheffield Print Fair

Saint Mary’s Church held host to Sheffield Print Fair on Saturday 15th November.

Pretty Nice went along to meet up with some of the north’s best print makers and have a go at a few techniques ourselves.

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This was the third time Sheffield Print Fair has been held, its first a year ago at the same venue. Since then it has grown strength to strength and on Saturday had over 30 print makers showing there work.

The diversity and quality of work on show demonstrated how healthy Sheffield’s print making scene is at the moment. This has undoubtably been helped by new arts facilities such as the Sheffield Print Club where a variety of artists at the fair call home.

James Green, a print maker himself, helped to organise the event with Jane Elliot from Leaf City Press. Originally a hobby, James now makes a living out of his work.

He said: “Print making is such good fun!

“Sheffield has such a brillant print scene too – there are so many amazing print makers here that I’ve discovered through the exhibitions in the city.”

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It was refreshing to see the variety in printers, with every age and level of experience represented.  For Hannah Josey, 25, this was only her second fair. Her style combines nature and striking retro colour with leaves and flowers, taking inspiration from the plants and 1970s crockery around her house. Originally from the south she came to the north to study textile pattern and surface design at Leeds Collage of Art. Since graduating she has decided to stay up here and told us of her affection for the north:

“I love the countryside here. I really like the northern cities too because theres so much going on but its all a bit more cooler and reserved than the south.

“There’s also a great community feel with artists up here too – from Sheffield to Leeds and Manchester – a lot of artists know each other.”

Fellow ex-southerner Ella Osborne now calls Sheffield home. Her prints are more minimalistic but still effective. An artist for many years she has only just started screen printing through the help of Sheffield Print Club workshops.

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Along with artists selling there work, the fair also hosted live workshops on a variety of techniques. There was even the chance for the public to try their hand at silk screen printing.

Live workshops included a talk by Vicky Price who combines many different techniques in her work. Along with tradition silk screening, Vicky likes to use photography and digital manipulation to create visually rich and unique prints.

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Hosting a demonstration on lino cut and wood block printing, Samantha Groom encouraged other to get into print making. She said:

“Print making can seem a little intimidating but a lot of the tools I use you can get at any old DIY shop.”

“Even potato cut printing can be really effective which kids love. I encourage anyone to give it a go.”

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If you would like to have a go at printing visit the Sheffield Print Club website.

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