This blog will follow the process of learning hand-engraving under the Hand Engravers Association of Great Britain at Craft Central, London.
My practice as an illustrator has always relied on detailed, fineline hand drawings. It has always been my most instinctive means of visual communication. As I have matured as an artist, I have become increasingly curious about translating my drawings onto other mediums.
As a self taught artist, I am always seeking new opportunities to expand my artistic education. In 2015, I created a range of illustrated ceramics on Staffordshire fine bone china, finished in gold. The process of designing for physical objects, rather than my sketchbooks, was challenging and immensely rewarding. Following this, I worked with artist Leigh Cameron to create 9 concrete pieces each featuring delicate female nudes. Concrete is a versatile, fascinating (and temperamental) material to work with, and I really enjoyed having the material dictate the design, rather than the other way around.
I was thrilled to be the recipient of an a-n professional development bursary with the view of working with a new material: copper. This blog documents the intensive process of learning to hand-engrave and the impact it has since had on my career.