Following on from her successful Cumbrian Prints show in Spring last year, Cumbrian-born artist Kittie Jones has developed another set of brightly coloured screen prints based on the birds she has seen around her family home, The Watermill in Little Salkeld.
The show, which opened on Saturday 2nd April at the Watermill, has already proved a source of interest and talking point for many of the Mill’s regular customers who are treated to the delights of Kittie’s work over their daily coffee as it adorns the tearoom walls.
Kittie is hoping to develop her British Birds projects further in the future. She plans to publish a book inspired by the first ever illustrated bird book in the UK the well loved Bewick’s Birds. Kittie is also excited by the recent revival in interest for modern British printmaking and in the work of artists such as Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, Robert Gillmor and Edward Bawden – all of whom she draws direct inspiration from.
The prints are created with the same method as that used by Andy Warhol for his famous Marilyn series. Each layer of colour is hand drawn onto tracing paper before being photographically exposed onto a fine mesh screen. This creates a stencil effect on the screen and coloured ink is pushed through each layer with a squeegee. ‘I like the technique of screen printing because of the saturated colours and the ability to layer colour,’ says Kittie ‘I can achieve a strong graphic effect in my prints – in the future I would love to make designs for wallpaper, ceramics or fabric.’
Just how Kittie is going to fit in these ambitious plans is yet to be seen as she spends most of her week working at Scotland’s leading independent art school, Leith School of Art, as a part-time tutor and development administrator. She also teaches in a freelance capacity across Scotland – she is looking forward to spending a week on a remote Scottish island in the summer teaching drawing and painting and hopefully getting some birdwatching done too! Kittie also regularly exhibits her prints, paintings and drawings across the UK. For more information go to: http://www.kittiejones.com