• Here's what's coming up in 2016

     

    Feast becomes the first print of 2016 from the Penfold Press in what is set to be an exciting year. Over the next few months, the Penfold Press will be once again collaborating with Emily Sutton to produce two new screen prints, including the continuation of Emily’s Alphabet Series with M is for Magic.

    With Mark Hearld and Angela Harding also visiting the press to discuss new work and Clive Hicks-Jenkins continuing his series based upon Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 2016 looks set to be a busy year. For updates on all our projects and more information on all the prints published by the Penfold Press follow us on Instagram or Twitter.

     

  • 10th Anniversary of the Penfold Press

     

     

    'Starlings on the Shore' Linocut, Printers Proof, Signed by the artist.

    Image Size: 304 x 205mm

     

    October brings the 10th anniversary of the opening of Penfold Press and looking back I remember my first studio with a mixture of bemusement and fondness. Situated on the outskirts of York, the small converted pig shed marked the beginning of my career as a publisher and printer. The farm on which it was based was home to a motley crew of artists and craftspeople, all desperately trying hard to keep warm and the chickens out. Cramped and cold it might have been, but it was a great release to establish a base from which to work and finally be able to make work independently. Those working in the nearby studios were supportive and welcoming, offering advice and a friendly ear when needed. We consisted of a sculptor, two painters, a mechanic, an upholsterer, a joiner, a furniture maker and eventually, a dog groomer. 

    The location itself helped give rise to the name of the Press, as I'd heard that a place where lost farm animals were kept was (mistakenly as it happens) called a Penfold. My aim with the studio was to attract "lost" artists or, if not lost, certainly those who couldn't easily find their way into printmaking. The Penfold Press seemed perfect. By the time I realised that a Pinfold was the correct term for the holding pen, the name had already stuck. Ten years and three different studios later, I am still asked why I named my Press after a Danger Mouse character.

    From the very beginning, Mark Hearld has been a constant visitor to the studio. Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in the year previous to me, we had the good fortune of meeting each other while taking up our first teaching roles. The timing of our meeting was perfect. It gave me the opportunity to test out my belief that there was a need for this kind of studio, while Mark was able to explore his love printmaking through a range of different processes. The studio slowly became a place where artists and illustrators, in particular, could develop their ideas in a less pressured environment. Throughout the years since then, we have collaborated to create a series of linocuts, screen prints and patterned papers that celebrate Mark's love of nature, the surrounding countryside and his visual dexterity.

    Alongside this, the Penfold Press has continued to support a group of artists, many with connections to Mark and York, through the publication of new work. Emily Sutton continues to develop her successful ‘Alphabet Series’ with her latest screen print L is for Lemon, while other artists including Ed Kluz, Michael Kirkman, Angela Harding, Kane Cunningham and Jonny Hannah have all produced editions of prints. Lately, I have had the pleasure of working with Clive Hicks-Jenkins and later this month I will once again work with Mark to create a new screen print. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work alongside and support an exciting group of artists and it has been a real pleasure watching their careers develop.

    To mark the occasion of the 10th anniversary, I have released from the archive a rare printer's proof of a linocut made with Mark. 'Starlings on the Shore' was originally exhibited in Mark's first solo show at Godfrey and Watt and was later featured within his Work Book published by Merrell in 2012. 

  • Look what's coming to Dulwich...

     

    I'm pleased to announce that the Penfold Press will be hosting a show of prints at the Jeannie Avent Gallery in Dulwich. The show marks the Penfold Press's first collaboration with Art Market and runs from 10th - 20th April.  It will feature a mixture of new work and old favorites, including the new prints by Emily Sutton and Angela Harding. I hope you can join us.

  • New work 2015

    2015 looks set to be a busy and exciting time at the Penfold Press. Over the coming months I start work on a number of new prints and projects, some with old friends and some with new.

    The first of these projects is a new print by Emily Sutton based upon a parade of toys. Over the last month, we have reworked the image with the addition of new colours and layers. Work on the print now complete and Emily is due to sign the edition this week. Keep checking the Penfold Press website or our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

    After that is the next in Emily’s alphabet series K is for Kittens and Knitting. Following on from J is for Jug and Emily’s sell-out show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, K is for Kittens and Knitting will no doubt bring a little warmth to the cold winter months. Emily has completed the eight stencils needed for each of the colours and work starts on proofing the image next week.

    February sees the return of Mark Hearld to the Penfold Press and the beginning of a new Linocut. Over the years Mark and I have worked together to produce a range of prints that incorporate Mark’s love of nature and his interest in printmaking. It’s great to get him back into the studio and working on a new edition. If you want to see some of our past efforts you can do so by clicking on Mark’s name within the artist section of this website or if you’d like to find out more about Mark’s prints you could always check out the fantastic ‘Mark Hearld’s Workbook’ published by Merrell.

    Later in February Angela Harding will be working at the studio to produce her first screen print with the Penfold Press. I’ve been an admirer of Angela’s work for some time now and I’m greatly looking forward to working with her to develop this new image. It’s always exciting to be working with new artists and I’m sure Angela will bring something new to the studio’s growing catalogue of work.

  • Penfold Press Archive

      
    The exhibition, Ed Kluz, Ink and graphite on paper, 2010

     

    One of the best things about being printmaker is the collection of proofs and other 'oddments' that you gather over the years. At the Penfold Press all printers proof's, sketches, doodles, colour trials and experiments are gathered together in a plan chest draw.  Two such examples can be seen here. 

    The first is a quick sketch from 2010 by Ed Kluz that outlines an idea for a pub sign. At only 10cm in height, the design is part of a series of thumbnails that developed the composition and positioning of the typography. Images like this are invaluable when developing prints and are often used for reference long into the printing. As sometimes happens, this sketch was never fully developed into a finalised print, so it remains as a tantalising glimpse of what might be. 

     

     

     'Untitled', Mark Hearld, Monoprint on paper, 2003

     

    The second is an early mono printed doodle by Mark Hearld that was made for fun whilst waiting for ink to dry. It’s an example of the playfulness Mark brings to the studio and his compulsion to make imagery. Made in 2003 this quick image shows the development of some of the motifs that Mark would develop over the coming years and acts as an interesting forerunner to his later prints.

    You can find prints by both Mark Hearld and Ed Kluz at www.penfoldpress.co.uk

  • Feste Dog

     

    With Emily’s show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park opening next week it seems a good time to post an image of one of Mark Hearld’s screen prints made for his solo show at YSP in 2012. Based upon his own trusted companion Feste, ‘Feste Dog’ is one of a number of images Mark has created over the years that include his pets. You can read about Mark's show here http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/mark-hearld-birds-and-beasts

  • Patterned Paper

    I've just finished a new batch of patterned paper for the fantastic John Sandoe (Books) of Chelsea. For anyone who hasn't visited, John Sandoe's is one of the best independent bookshops in London and well worth a look. The design above is by Michael Kirkman. Over the past few years, I have been supplying John Sandoe's with a variety of different patterned papers, including seven designs by Mark Hearld. Each pattern is hand printed onto craft paper and makes fine wrapping for any book.

     

     

  • Handbound sketchbooks

        

    J visited the studio last month. J has the distinction of being the press’s first ‘Pen Friend’ and has supported the studio and suffered my (builders) tea for the past four years. While he was here, I was able to show him my new hand bound sketchbooks and with their unique screen printed covers.

    These new sketchbooks combine two of the things I love the most about the Penfold Press, collaboration with like-minded people and a sense of fun. Having the opportunity to work alongside fellow artisans to produce objects of interest always brings a sense of enjoyment and excitement to the studio. Looking back, the Penfold patterned papers that have proved so popular started life as just that, something that Mark Hearld and I could make that was direct, unfussy and above all fun to print.

    My new sketchpads hopefully carry this on, bringing together as they do this sense of fun and the opportunity to work with someone new. Handbound at the Papercut Bindery by Roger Grech, the new Penfold Press sketchbooks have a unique screen printed cover and are each designated an individual number. Alongside this number are the details of the elements contained within its random design, in the example above the more eagle-eyed amongst you might be able to glimpse 'I is for Ice Cream' by Emily Sutton and 'Feste Dog' by Mark Hearld. When beginning a new print, I usually keep a small selection of paper near to hand to proof colour and test the screens. These sheets are handy for maintaining an even flow of ink after cleaning and over time, as they build layer upon random layer, they begin to take on a life of their own. I’m always drawn to these sheets and often show them to the artists as they point to some unexpected use of colour or juxtaposition of an image. Used now to provide decoration for these lovely sketchbooks I’m glad to be able to share them with you for the first time.

    These books bring together the most beautiful craftsmanship and bookbinding tradition with the carefree, random abstraction of their screen printed covers. They will be available through the website towards the end of July; I hope you enjoy them. 

     

     

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