Amelia Bowman

Collagraph prints and hand-drawn, digitally coloured pattern designs

Amelia Bowman

I create intaglio collagraph prints and hand-drawn, digitally coloured pattern designs which I incorporate into my collagraph prints using an additional technique called chine-collé.

I learnt collagraphy almost by accident while working in secondary art education in 2006. Watching as students were shown a smattering of printmaking techniques by a guest tutor I was intrigued. Given that a collagraph plate can be made with relatively unremarkable materials I thought I would go down that route although not having a print press presented a bit of a problem. My solution was to convert a decrepit vintage mangle into a press, but it was a solution that has endured to this day with only the odd disagreement and firm whack with a rubber mallet to get things going again!

At the time I learnt collagraphy I was regularly to be found sketching on the Norfolk and Suffolk coast and began to covert my coastal sketches into collagraph plates. The coast is in my blood as I have a Cornish Father with a passion for sailing. This coupled with an artist Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother sealed the deal. I doubt I could have escaped a creative career if I had tried but of all my creative endeavours, it is printmaking that has stuck.

A country girl at heart I have returned to my roots taking much of my current inspiration from all things rural fed by a blissful upbringing in a character property surrounded by tranquil, beautiful nature. Rest assured though, familial local scenes will always be an important part of my collection!

Alongside original, limited edition collagraph prints I also have a range of gifts and home wares featuring my collagraph images. These are either handmade by me or manufactured in the UK with as many as possible produced in Norfolk. My designs have been licensed by several companies for use on their product ranges - if you have any enquiries relating to further licensing agreements please contact my agent, Jehane Ltd.

I am also available for a variety of printmaking workshops and demonstrations.

 
 
 
 

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