What is Printmaking?

Printmaking is a creative process used to transfer images from a matrix onto another surface, usually paper but sometimes linen, silk or glass. Many of our members run their own businesses selling their prints, bespoke clothing, jewellery and/or printed accessories.

This video gives an indication of the amount of work involved in creating each print. Traditional printmaking techniques include lithography, etching, aquatint, engraving and woodcut. However, over the last 100 years this has developed to include screen-printing and digital printmaking. Each print is designed, created and pressed by the artist with hours of thought, inspiration and experimentation. Each print is unique, which is reflected in the price point. 

Historically, Printmaking is seen as a high art form, usually acquired by fine art collectors, and unaffordable to the general public. However, the 21st century saw a shift in the role of print, now acknowledged as having a public benefit; this can take the form of decorating homes and offices, being used as an educational resource for school students and professional artists or in recent years, the health benefits of printmaking have been acknowledged by community organisations and arts councils as being a vital part of their cultural framework.

Seacourt’s own art for wellbeing programme has offered community groups the opportunity to work with professional artists on creating a body of work featuring different printmaking techniques. We evaluate and monitor our participant wellbeing throughout the course of our workshops. With a recorded increase of 9–10-point increase in wellbeing score, following the programme, over the last 2 years.

The role of print is different for every individual, for some it is merely decorative, for others it is a lifeline. If you would like to find out more about our one-to-one workshops or community projects, then drop us a message.

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