Welcome

What’s my site about?

I’m a printmaker with a studio near Penzance currently studying for a Masters in Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art and it’s great to have the chance to do the MA and make use of the extensive facilities and mix with artists of different disciplines. I belong to Open Studios Cornwall although it looks very much as though it won’t happen this year, sadly.

My work is about experimenting with colour, pattern and texture using different printmaking matrices to come up with original solutions based on the natural world and I enjoy combining the digital with the hand-pulled, for example by using a digital collage as the basis for a photo-polymer etching.  My work explores a sense of place evoked by the landscape, landforms, heritage and legends of West Cornwall; I recently had 20+ prints on show at the Ironbridge Fine Arts gallery, Shropshire. 

This enforced period of lock-down has meant that I returned to the digital as I couldn’t get to the studio. This set of prints is based on my experience of living in Penwith and covers a seasonal year. I layer and remix fragments of my photographs with patterns and textures taken from Penwith using colours taken from Cornwall’s remote western edge and imagery from the region’s myths, legends and festivals. 

 I’ve recently joined ‘The Art of Cornwall’ online marketplace where you can view and purchase some of my photographic prints: 

https://www.theartofcornwall.co.uk/author/vivspen/

If you’re interested in coming to the studio to see my work – it’s at Tremethick Cross, 3 miles from Penzance – then please just email me first to arrange a date and time; I’m happy to have visitors.

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