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. I belong to Open Studios Cornwall and I’m an affilate member of Spike Print Studios, Bristol.

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, or by using laser etched rubber matrices which I’ve had made at Cut by Beam.  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’ll be participating in the Open Studios Cornwall scheme this year and the dates are 29th August – 6th September; due to Covid-19 and the size of my studio, it’ll have to be by appointment only, I’m afraid!

If you’re interested in coming to the studio to see my work (at any time throughout the year not just during OSC) it’s at Tremethick Cross, approximately 2 miles from Penzance – then please just email me first to arrange a date and time; I’m happy to have visitors: 07415104718 orviv(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)viviennespencer.com

Map from Penzance A30