THERE is still time to see a stunning print-making exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery.
The exhibition, which runs until next Friday (August 4), showcases the work of Miriam Trent and Meg Buick.
The two jointly won last year’s Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking at West Yorkshire Print Workshop.
The Flourish Award was established to recognise the contribution to printmaking in all its forms and exceptional progress within personal artistic practice.
Last year was the third year in which it has been awarded and the award went to two talented artists who showed engaging and very different approaches to printmaking.
Miriam Trent is a surface pattern designer and printmaker living in Leeds.
Two years ago, she graduated with an honours degree in graphic arts from Leeds Metropolitan University.
She then started her own company, Mintprint, creating hand printed lampshades and cushions.
Miriam works as a part-time Print Instructor Technician at Leeds College of Art and teaches printmaking workshops in West Yorkshire.
Her designs concentrate on colour, shape and form, and reference the 1920s-1970s decorative arts.
In 2010 her ‘Binary’ pattern won first place in the BBC North Design Challenge.
This design was made into woven upholstery fabric, extensively used in the new BBC buildings in Salford Quays, Manchester.
The screen-printed patterns featured in the Huddersfield exhibition build on drawings Miriam made during an artist residency at Armley Mills Industrial Museum in Leeds in 2011.
Nails, spinning wheels, bobbins, thread and wooden jacquard pattern cards, all shapes found within the mill, inspired these images.
Miriam made original drawings using thick graphite pencil and roughly scissor-cut paper.
These were then translated into prints, screen-printed full-bleed onto Somerset paper to create the notion of continuous pattern.
To find out more about Miriam and her work, see her website: www.mintprint.org.
Meg Buick, whose work shares the exhibition space, is a visual artist based in Leeds.
Her work focuses on drawing and etching (which she sees as an extension of drawing).
Keeping regular sketchbooks is an important part of her practice.
Her sketchbooks include drawings made from life, images torn from newspapers, old photographs, and sketches made from these sources. Meg then uses these as inspiration for her prints.
“I am interested in images about human beings and their emotions,” she said.
“Animals, landscapes and the relationship between these and ourselves fascinate me.”
Meg writes and illustrates stories and is drawn to the power of word and image used together.
Her interests are varied and her recent work is drawn from a wide variety of subject matter; bears, cows, bulls, dogs, birds, trees and reflections in water.
In June Meg travelled to Scotland to develop these interests, to paint sea birds as part of a bursary from the Society of Wildlife Artists.
Meg has been offered a scholarship to study a postgraduate in drawing at The Prince’s Drawing School in London from September.
There’s more about Meg on her website: www.megbuick.co.uk.
The Flourish Award is organised by the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield.
It is an open access printmaking facility which runs courses, workshops and events, hosts exhibitions and has studio spaces.
Find out more about the West Yorkshire Print Workshop at www.wypw.org.