The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair: Introducing Helen Roddie
My studio practice combines a passion for plants, drawing and print. I work with vinyl-lino and the everyday, natural things that surround me. Walks with my dog across local fields give me the time to appreciate all that is bright and beautiful. Much of my inspiration comes from hedgerows – the chaotic tangle of plants they hide have a special appeal as ever-changing, living sculptures. I love the search for the unusual and peculiar amongst the ordinary and familiar.
Through drawing I get to know each plant and the features that describe their form. In doing so, I also gain a confidence to simplify, invent and stylize all that is real. Taking the time to observe and draw helps satisfy my pursuit of detail, pattern and design. I enjoy the challenge of translating pen line to print without the distraction of colour. Using floor tiles as the printing surface, I hand cut my designs in relief. My choice of material and tools gives my work a strong, graphic quality and precision of line.
The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair returns on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March 2016, with a host of supporting events which celebrate the art of printmaking. Held in The Calder, the gallery’s converted mill space and featuring over 40 printmakers, collectives and galleries handpicked from around the UK, the fair will provide a friendly atmosphere for both budding collectors and seasoned print enthusiasts to engage with all things print.