Kevin Holdaway – artist of the day

Today we have Kevin Holdaway:

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Kevin is the Chief Technician at De Montfort University and has been the Senior Technical Instructor in Printmaking, since 1990. He teaches a wide range of traditional printmaking techniques including: relief, screen printing and intaglio, and enjoys passing on his skills to others who share his passion for print.

Though mainly working with imagery of a topological and personal nature, his work encompasses all traditional techniques in printmaking, and on a wide variety of subject matter. An enthusiasm for the urban environment, cityscapes, and architecture, creates a clear foundation for much of his work. The majority of prints explore one of four cities: Leicester, London, Athens, or New York. Each being cities Kevin has either visited or spent prolonged periods in, and each having effected him differently.

He works his experiences of these environments into image form: with the intention of perhaps reflecting his initial feelings on first contact; or the memories he associates with these spaces now. What might appear to be an extremely technical study of a cityscape is never just that, Kevin works with his own original fragmented imagery, re-adjusting the angles by measurements that might not be obvious to recognise, but nevertheless allow him to subtly reconstruct and bend the world around him. His prints are made up of many components, some are of a topographical nature, others are more concerned with monumentalism, but all of his works explore pattern, tone, historical context, artistic references and social comment.

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Alex McArthur – Monday artist of the day

Only 3 weeks until the big day! So today we have Alex McArthur:



Alex works with monoprint and says “I love to work to music and allow it create the mood and development of the work. I add layers of colour sometimes making torn or cut stencils as I go. Although painting is the main medium I work in this printing process provides a framework for my spontaneity. I love this painterly form of printmaking that always throws up surprises in colour, form and texture. My monoprints also provide ideas and starting points for larger paintings. I make small collections and call them my ‘song cycles’. They are usually abstract compositions, sometimes landscape and my influences include abstract  expressionism and contemporary painters such as Ian McKeever and Michael Porter.”

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Ian Mitchell -Tuesday artist of the day

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Ian says about his work:

“My approach to digital printmaking combines an interest in landscape, aesthetics and particularly design. I draw digitally and reductively, stripping away the topographical and stylising the landscape to create a logo-type symbol of an actual place. I have developed a visual approach that mediates the traditional conventions of landscape and the Modernist aesthetic, and am increasingly drawn to contemporary man-made landscapes, the concrete modernism of urban architecture. Always in the pursuit of a minimal outcome, I use the current digital technology at my disposal and experiment with print onto various commercial substrates, such as metal, glass and highly reflective surfaces.”

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Stef Mitchell – artist of the day

To cheer you up on this wet Monday morning we have Stef Mitchell,  who works with monprinting.


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Stef says: “My practice develops from an ongoing relationship with the landscape. Walks, set aside, field edges and weather patterns are explored and documented working directly with plants. The ink, plant and paper having equal say in the process. Slow growth, chance and subtle nuances of difference all play their part. This way of working immerses me in the landscape. The picking of plants and laying them out on an inked up plate, rolling squashing and smelling has a slow rhythm that feeds into a connective thread from the space of the external landscape to the inside space of the studio.”

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Little Lost Soul – Friday artist of the day

To end the week we have Lucy Pass of Little Lost Soul:


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Little Lost Soul is the creation of artist Lucy Pass.

Lucy says: “Little Lost Soul was established as an extension my work as a freelance artist. I rediscovered my passion for design and began translating sections of my paintings into streamlined images through lino cuts and various types of printing blocks. I use these blocks to print on to textiles, which I then make into a range of artisan clothing, accessories and homewares. I love this method of printing because of the small imperfections which occur in the process – the results are always a little bit different, producing a completely unique print.”

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Thursday artist of the day: Cath Brooke

Thursday’s artist is Cath Brooke:

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Cath predominantly works in drypoint, monoprint and collograph, often combining the techniques together.

Cath says about her work: “Rural and urban landscapes provide the starting point for my prints. I sketch in all weathers and the elements play a large part in defining the spirit of my work. I like to include buildings in my work, to give a sense of history and place; a human connection to the landscape and spaces around us. I am increasingly interested in industrial spaces. Industries that are part of our heritage and buildings that have had a variety of uses from industry to city living. Many of my images are taken from urban landscapes that have been neglected and left to decay. Once stunning buildings that have come to the end of their useful life.

I am also interested in composition and creating a balance between what I have seen and sketched and the natural rhythms of lines and tones across the printed surface. The original image may change as the process of print-making takes over and my concerns turn to mark-making, balance, composition, mood and movement within each piece.”

Cath is a member of Inkers printmakers and Leeds Fine Artists. Find more of her work here:

Punto Belle – designer of the day

Today we have designer Lois Callis Smith, who sells under the name Punto Belle:

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Lois says: ” I lovingly hand make every item in my shop in my home based studio situated in the heart of the countryside in
Leeds,UK.  My products focus strongly on travelling in style and I love to create fun and quirky travel accessories in my own
colourful and playful fabrics.

When I started to design my own fabrics I made the decision to keep them all exclusive to me, I do not sell them to anybody else and you will not see them anywhere else, this is what my customers love, they know that they are getting something unique, special and different. When
I do my fairs knowing that I can 100% guarantee that nobody else will have my fabrics is what really drives me, to have that uniqueness and that individualism about my work which is memorable to people, eye-catching and fresh.”

Have a look at more of her work here: