Carol Gardiner

After recently retiring from lecturing my first purchase was a small printing press. I have continually drawn, in numerous sketchbooks and classes and now have the opportunity to develop my ideas in print. Print gives me the scope to develop my interest in layers and patterns using different techniques.

My intentions are to  eventually develop images through combining more than one process, this I have explored in series of mono prints of rivers inspired by Eschers”Three worlds”.

I’m interested in how print changes drawings, the marks that are made using different tools, whilst being true to techniques that I am interested in developing. One of my favourite printmakers is Edward Bawden and currently I have been exploring the mixed media work of Mark Hearld. Inspiration comes from walks and everyday life, currently three themes on the go; pathways and woods, rivers and our allotment – drawing is more fun than digging.

Alongside my sketchbook I have found my mobile phone valuable for recording. I am working with copper sulphate etching processes, lino, water based inks and ‘found and bought’ materials. Only exhibited locally but now retired I have time and energy to concentrate on my own work.