A Journey of Intrigue at The Craft Centre and Design Gallery Leeds…

An exhibition of limited edition etchings and collographs go on display at The Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery next week which reveal intriguing printmaking methods. Renowned for their support of British makers across various craft disciplines, The Craft Centre is a great resource for discovering more about craft practices and techniques. This latest Print Exhibition offers an insight into the works of Mary Gillett and Tessa Asquith-Lamb uncovering etching, monoprint and collograph techniques. Hayley Walker, Artistic Director for The Craft Centre commented on this exciting forthcoming show coming to Leeds: “Our exhibition programme offers something for everyone to discover and enjoy. With the Art Gallery closed this year for essential repairs it’s important that visitors to the area realise there’s still lots to see and do including paying a visit to this fascinating exhibition of etchings.  We’re very much open as normal as well as Leeds City Museum around the corner, The Henry Moore Institute and of course Museums & Galleries across Leeds. For anyone interested in our 34 year history our archive offers a fabulous insight into the work we’ve done here and the makers we’ve supported over these inspiring years, just visit our website to find out more.”

Tessa’s etchings reflect her love of stories and storytelling. Each image she creates is assembled from drawings in her sketchbooks of beautiful things founds in museums, remembered moments, carefully observed self-portraits, and objects from her collection of Victoriana and childhood treasures. Mary’s starting points are often found on Dartmoor and on the north Cornwall coastline and images are contemplations on how our surroundings can reflect our histories, our moods and our thoughts. She specialises in etching which is a medium that has been developed by artists for its own intrinsic qualities and is now often used to produce single images as individual as paintings. The etchings appear to  have been eroded by the elements themselves. “The metal plates are scored and furrowed, scraped and burnished, until their history is symbolic of the very subject that confronts me. This tactile immediacy is of the essence and combines with the use of light and dark, creating intense atmosphere.” The images show Mary at her etching press in her studio and a finished print.

The Craft Centre’s current Print Exhibition showcases the screen printed work of Carry Akroyd and will be on display until the 27th February. After this date Carry’s prints will be integrated into The Craft Centre’s extensive print collection available to admire or own for yourself. You can view the new print show from the 5th March until the 25th June and learn more about printmaking techniques in the process. All works are for sale.

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