Printmakers Unite! Part 3. Ieuan Edwards
Hello all, welcome to Part 3 of of a a series of interviews where I chat with fellow printmakers called Printmakers Unite!
I started these interviews in hope that I will get around to having a chat with this printmaker whose work I really do admire, Ieuan Edwards!
Ieuan has been working with linocut since 2012. His early work centred around the people and places of the ex coal mining communities in South Wales, where his grandfather was a miner. He named his practice The Black Gold Press because "black gold" is a term that was sometimes used to describe coal. His other areas of interest include folklore, tradition (the stranger, the better!), eccentricity and exploration. As well as making and exhibiting limited edition prints, Ieuan has worked on a number of interesting collaborative projects and has produced illustrations for books, CD covers and music merchandise.
BC: Thanks for allowing me to interview you, how are you today?
IE: I'm great thank you. It's an absolute pleasure. I've enjoyed reading the previous interviews and it's always interesting to find out what makes people tick and what inspires them.
What initially gave you the idea to start talking to other printmakers?
BC: Now that's a good question, well after having a few interviews with bloggers where I usually get asked the same questions about my print work I thought why not interview other people like me starting with printmakers who use linocut as I was interested in the different styles you can go with it and their backstories.
BC: That's an interesting story, the story behind that goes back to 2010 when I was in college and for my final major project I was going to do a fictional t-shirt business and I was struggling to come up with a name. I was coming home on bonfire night drinking a cherry coke which I rarely drink and spilt some over my hand going past a house where the two words Bonfire & Cherry came to mind. It was a toss up between Cherry Bonfire or Bonfire Cherry and well you know which one I went with in the end.
Have you tried any other forms of printmaking? Any luck with them?
BC: Wow that’s really amazing well done. Only screen and mono printing during college and that's about it, did like screen printing a few years ago after college but didn't go well.
Do you have a studio or a section of a house where you do your print work?
IE: For the messy stuff I've got my big etching press set up in our conservatory but otherwise for the drawing/carving stages I tend to work in various bits of the house, depending on the time of day and how the light is. My wife is very patient but I'm looking for some studio space at the moment and I think she'll be happy once I've found somewhere! I'm always keen to show people that you can get started with printmaking in quite a self-contained manner and I'm working on putting together a workshop that will enable complete novices to come along for the day, learn some techniques and then walk away with all the kit they need to start making great prints on the kitchen table.
BC: That's a really good idea, I draw all the ideas in my bedroom/studio and do all my printing in the shed.
Out of all your designs you have produced so far, any you consider your overall favourite?
IE: I guess from a technical perspective I'm particularly fond of some of my industrial pieces of cranes and other complicated structures as they were printed in reduction and were a real test of my registration skills as the details were pretty fine. But my favourite so far is a single colour print, Mountain Giant, which I made as part of a group project based on Norse mythology. It shows a giant nestled in a valley amongst mining machinery and buildings. I've sold the print to a couple of people who also had relatives that worked as miners and it always sparks conversations at art fairs and shows.
Thanks Matthew, that was fun. Good luck with your upcoming events!
BC: You're welcome + Thanks for allowing me to interview you!
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