Eco-enlightenment with Lynn Bailey
While trawling through numerous web sites seeking inspirational examples of intaglio and collagraph printing, the last thing I was expecting, was to learn about natural pollution filtration processes. However, that’s exactly what happened when I found the web site of Lynn Bailey, artist printmaker and co-founder of the Double Elephant Print workshop in Exeter, Devon, UK.
After graduating with a BA in Fine Art, Lynn began experimenting with various environmentally friendly printmaking techniques, etching in particular. Lynn’s concern for the environment has not just been confined to techniques used, but is also key subject matter for her colourful works which effectively blend a wide range of printmaking techniques including drypoint, collagraph, screenprint and etching. As well as producing beautiful prints, Lynn effectively educates the viewer about the environment, in particular the power of weeds and natures amazing ability to triumph over man-made pollution caused by landfill.
Lynn’s collection of work entitled Wonder Weeds includes a number of prints created using collected weeds that have been inked-up and monoprinted onto a blind embossed plate. Of course being weeds, their printed forms break out of the border of the embossed plate with impunity. Other prints in this series represent weeds flourishing despite mans attempts to tackle them with weedkillers.
Another of Lynn’s works that caught my eye is a piece entitled The Works IV. Here, collagraph, monoprint, chine colle and relief printing techniques are bought together to produce a striking impression of the pollution filtration process in action. Scanning the print from left to right, the orange-red water and its pollutants, represented by aluminium cans and other debris, enter the reed bed system at the centre of the print. The debris was created by relief printing onto tissue paper tinted with rusty soil collected from the actual spring that had emerged from the landfill before being cleansed by the reed bed. The reed bed at the centre of the print is created using collagraph techniques, and continuing to the right of the image, the cleansing of the water emerging from the reed bed is highlighted by the growth of new green vegetation. This was again created by monoprinting actual weeds.
If you want to see more of Lynn’s colourful and informative works, why not visit her website at www.lynnbailey.co.uk or see it for yourself at the forthcoming Devon Open Studios event that runs from the 7th to the 22nd September. More details about this event can be found here www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/AboutDOS.You can also purchase some of Lynn’s very competitively priced prints, or even hand printed tote bags for a mere £9.00 each at her on-line Etsy shop.