New Work & #artistsupportpledge

New Work

It’s been quite a productive start to the year for me, and I have realised that the artist residency I did in Japan in 2018 is still having quite a profound effect on me two years on – I can feel my work shifting a bit.

Here are a couple of new pieces…

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‘Support Structures’ | 2020 | wood litho, etching and woodcut | varied edition of 7
59.5 x 45cm
Unframed
Bleed print (goes right up to the edges of the paper)
£180 + postage a caption
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‘In it came, right up to the edges’ | 2020 | Plywood litho and mokuhanga | varied edition of 5
Paper size 25.5 x 21cm
Unframed
£75 + postage

These pieces form the beginning of a new series exploring themes of duality within the context of place – an ongoing theme in my work. Etching, woodcut and lithography are used in combination, the unique characteristics of each juxtaposed to create a visual language with which to explore what is exposed above the surface, and to imagine what might be hidden beneath, evoking ideas of fragility, stability, isolation and places of refuge. Piecing together fragments of this world, to make images which seem almost to inhabit another.

#artistsupportpledge

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These two new pieces are available to buy as part of the #artistsupportpledge movement on Instagram. If you haven’t heard about it, check it out! It is the brainchild of artist Matthew Burrows . Many artists, myself included, have found themselves without work due to the COVID-19 epidemic – whether it be teaching, technical work, exhibiting, or funded project work. Personally, all the courses I was due to be teaching up until September have been cancelled, and the print workshop where I work as Technician is currently closed. The #artistsupportpledge is an attempt to alleviate some of this mental and financial stress, creating a culture of generosity and support for and between artists.

The concept is a simple one. Artists post images of their work on Instagram, which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Anyone can buy the work and every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist/s work.

Follow me on Instagram: @desforgery

If your interested in buying work, do get in touch: katedesforges@gmail.com


Solo Exhibition at Otley Courthouse, West Yorkshire

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https://otleycourthouse.org.uk/regular-activities/visualarts/

Mon 2nd Jan – Sat 2nd Feb 2019

I’ll be showing a selection of works from the past 5 years including etchings, lithographs, woodblock prints, drawings and artist books. Work will be hung in the courthouse, cafe and foyer areas, and all pieces will be for sale.

I love Otley, it’s a beautiful place, so I’m excited be exhibiting there, and am hoping to find time for wander around the Chevin too!


Upcoming courses and workshops 2018 – 2019

Kathryn Desforges Printmaking Courses

I’m excited to be running a few printmaking courses and workshops in the next few months covering various techniques – photo-plate and plywood lithography, etching, and Japanese woodblock printing (Mokuhanga). Still a few places available, and they’d make great gifts for the creative person in your life! More details below…

Etching Weekend
2 day course at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December 2018
11am – 5pm
£135

This course will teach you all the basics of hard and soft ground etching, along with aquatint, to enable you to create a wide variety of marks and effects. Hard ground produces crisp, clean lines, while soft ground can create softer, textured, crayon-like lines and impressions. Aquatint is way of creating tone on an etching plate. All these techniques can be used in conjunction to create unique, atmospheric prints.

You will be etching zinc plates using copper sulphate solution, a less toxic alternative to traditional nitric acid. The course is led with a hands-on approach from the start, with the opportunity to produce a good number of prints to take away with you. You will also learn about paper, inking and registration techniques. This is a great course for beginners and those who need a refresher, and can act as a lead-in to membership of WYPW so that you can continue to use and develop the techniques you have learned.

Japanese Woodblock Printing (Mokuhanga) – Taster Session
Day workshop at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Saturday 9th February 2019
11am – 3pm
£40

Join me for a demonstration of Japanese Woodblock Printing (Mokuhanga). I will also be talking a little about my residency in Japan where I learned the technqiue, and showing some of the work I made during the residency.

Alternative Techniques in Lithography
5 day summer school at Leicester Print Workshop
Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th July 2019
10am – 4pm
£340

Learn experimental processes with and without the use of a press over five days in this Summer School.

Join artist and printmaker Kathryn Desforges for an immersive 5 days of hands-on printmaking.

This course will teach you the basics of plywood and photo-plate lithography with an experimental approach, and a focus on using hand-drawn imagery, (although there will be opportunity to incorporate photographic or digital imagery as well).

Once you have to got to grips with the techniques involved, you will have the time to practice, and develop your work using either or both of these processes to create hybrid prints.

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