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Jo Biggadike MA

I create original collagraph and lino prints from the constant inspiration I get during my many walks throughout the beautiful local countryside of the Cotswolds.

 

Originally studying Textile Design at Chelsea School of Art, I worked as a designer specialising in furnishing prints for 10 years creating designs mainly for fabrics and wallpaper. Since leaving London I have moved away from the commercial printing processes of the textile industry to a more handcrafted and personal way of making prints.

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“I love the marks and textures that are made in creating collagraph and lino prints and the inking process where colours blend together, allowing my love of colour and pattern from my career in textiles to continue.”

Walking has become an important part of my process, “I want to capture the feeling that a place evokes and what it is to be a woman walking within it. It is as much about the emotion as it is about the visual elements, constantly striving to capture that connection we feel when we walk through our rural landscape.  All my work is created from my drawings whilst out walking”. 

What is collagraph? 

Collagraph is a similar technique to etching but uses nontoxic methods and natural materials to create the printing plate. I enjoy the rich textures and atmosphere you can create within this method. Each piece is part of a limited edition and is individually hand-printed on my etching press, therefore every item is unique.

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