One of the fantastic things about being able to develop my printmaking skills at the University of Brighton is the brilliant facilities and technical support available to me. I did my Fine Art BA in this department fifteen years ago and feel very privileged now to be able to come back as a visitor to learn new skills and techniques.
Scarlett Tierney has been helping me with my printmaking. Scarlett is the Technical Demonstrator for lithography, supporting students and looking after the litho area. Today I was looking through her technical folder – a bulging oracle, filled with information which Scarlett carefully records and files away for future reference as she tests out new techniques and learns new processes ready to pass on her knowledge to students. The file is full of annotated prints and plates, instructions and comments about processes from lithography to cyanotype, drypoint to etched lino, all tried and tested in Scarlett’s own lively style. An inspiration! Just a tiny sample from Scarlett’s technical folder are shown below.