Thinking about Christmas and the Lockdown?
Buying an original limited edition print is always a great idea if you want an affordable and original work of art. They make the bare walls of a home office look much more interesting for those Zoom meetings and also make wonderful presents for a special person, including yourself.
As a special deal for the lockdown any prints - framed or unframed - purchased directly from Nicola Slattery before Christmas 2020 will be delivered for FREE within the UK.
Can also ship worldwide and will meet half the shipping costs - for example - an unframed print to the USA - the cost of shipping is about £60 reduced to £30 with delivery in only about 5 to 6 days.
All sizes and measurements are approximate.
Prints can be sent framed or unframed anyhwere in the UK and abroad.
UK delivery cost are about £25 unframed and about £35 for framed. Worldwide costs vary but are also very reasonable so please contact for a quote. see FREE Delivery offer above.
"Elements of Nature" a recent drypoint limited edition print. There are just 6 prints in the edition and due to the hand made nature of traditional printmaking each print is unique.
Image size 30 x 30 cms. Framed size 56 x 54 cms Available framed £445 or unframed £350
Created during the recent "lockdown" Nicola Slattery said of this print: "In these challenging times its good to hold onto positive and uplifting thoughts. There is much we can't do but we can still enjoy nature. Butterflies, Birds and Flowers are generally still available to be enjoyed and I hope we regain a sense of the true value of these elements of nature. Let's look after them properly when we look to 'build better' in the future."
The main printmaking techniques used by Nicola Slattery are Collograph and Drypoint. These lead naturally to small hand made editions of prints in which each image is unique and variations in the inking of each print mean that no two prints are identical. Editions are rarely of more than twelve prints and are often less than this due to the ephemeral nature of the plate used to create the print. All are printed by hand directly by Nicola Slattery who signs and numbers each individual print.
Prints can be shipped to most places in the world and many have been sent to the USA and other locations around the world without any problems. To enquire about purchasing a limited edition print please call - any day 9am - 9pm - 01986 788853
or email your enquiry to: email@example.com
Crown of Tulips
A recent collagraph limited edition print. There are just 10 prints in the edition and due to the hand made nature of collagraph printmaking each print is unique.
Image size 30 x 30 cms.
Framed size 56 x 54 cms
Available framed £445 or unframed £350
Each print is signed and numbered by the artist.
To see other available limited edition prints please click on a selected image below.
All sizes and dimensions are approximate.
A few words about about hand made limited edition prints:
The arrival of computers into the world of art has blured many boundaries and much excellent work is produced by new technology. However a hand made print is a work which should involve the direct input of the artist hand into the production of the print.
All the prints by Nicola Slattery are hand made original limited edition prints. They should not be confused with photo mechanically produced prints which are often in effect "photocopies" of original works and are not works originally conceived as prints.
"For me there are occasions when I've made a print and it inspires me to create a painting with a similar idea and composition in mind. Then at other times it works the other way round and I create a print inspired by one of my paintings. They are not intended to be copies of the other but instead are simply different workings of the same idea or image in my mind by different media." Nicola Slattery.
Hand made limited edition prints have been made by artists for centuries and offer art collectors an affordable way to collect original art works.
Collagraph - the word is based on the Greek - kolla for glue and graph for draw/write. This technique uses a sturdy card base which can have material applied or stuck to it (eg, lace, sandpaper, greaseproof, string, etc) or can be cut into. The plate is varnished and then inked before passing through a press to transfer the image to the dampened paper. Because of the ephemeral nature of the plate editions are by nessesity very limited in numberand and rearely exceed ten or so as the plate will begin to deterirate. The collagraph plates are sometimes framed and sold as works of art in their own right as they often have a "mixed media" quality about them and there is no risk of unauthorised prints being made from the plate due to it's ephemeral nature as explained above.
Drypoint - opposite of a wet point - ie no acid! A steel needle is used to draw or inscribe the line into a Perspex plate. The line is both an incision or scratch and also a "furrow" or raised burr which creates the beautiful velvety line. The plate is then inked and passed through a press with dampened paper. Traditionally a metal plate would be used which enabled longer editions however the "burr" on a Perpex plate described above begins to deteriate after a dozen or so prints again leading to small editions. The advantage of the perspex plate is it's immediacy enabling a drawing to be traced directly to the perspex and reworked without complex processes.
Each print is unique. With both of the above techniques the "artists hand" is active in creating each individual print so producing a unique artwork in each print. This means no two prints in an edition will be identical as slight and subtle variations will occur each time the plate is inked and printed from. This can even include the occasional artist's thumb or finger print finding its way to the margin or reverse of the print! Sometimes prints have additional colour washes added by the artist post printing which again gives rise to variation and the uniqueness of each print.
Finally the print is signed and numbered by the artist. The numbering system is simply shown like a fraction with the first number being the order in which the print was printed and the second number being the number in the edition. So for example: 4/10 would be the fourth print created in an edition of ten prints. It is also often the case that one or two "Artists Proofs" will have been taken from the plate. These are usually taken at the start to check all is ok and sometimes to test one or two variations in the inking or colouring process. Some of these are destroyed if of no use but it is legitimate for the artist to keep or sell one or two and these prints are indicated by "AP "in place of an edition number. Nicola Slattery October 2020
The Norwich Print Fair is a great place to learn more about printmaking. Since its inception in 1995 The Norwich Print Fair has become one of the best loved independent shows selling contemporary, original, hand-made prints in East Anglia. Nicola Slattery has exhibited at the fair intermitently since 1996 and hopes to exhibit there again soon.
Find out more at: www.norwichprintfair.co.uk
"Our annual show In Print returns for its fourth year, featuring twice our usual number of printmakers in order to support more artists and makers in what has been a challenging year. In Print 20:20 Vision will showcase work by 20 artists working in a diverse range of printmaking techniques and will include several new works created during lockdown by artists such as Mychael Barratt, Sam Marshall and Nicola Slattery." Watts Contemporary Gallery
Watts Gallery – Artists' Village is an art gallery in the village of Compton, near Guildford in Surrey. It is dedicated to the work of the Victorian-era painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts. The gallery has been Grade II* listed on the National Heritage List for England since June 1975. Wikipedia The Artists Village was Voted Tourist Destination of the Year 2018/19, there is also a noteable Tea Shop and many other reasons to visit. The exhibition will include over 100 framed and unframed prints from the twenty participating artists priced from £50.
More information including opening times and how to get there at:
Books on Printmaking. Mascot Media have produced many lovely books on printmaking. Take a look at the Work Published page to learn more.
WEEKEND PRINTMAKING ART COURSES
Nicola Slattery also teaches drypoint and collagraph printmaking on weekend Printmaking Courses at her lovely art studio venue in rural south Norfolk. No previous experience is needed and the weekend is an enjoyable way to learn the techniques and to create some wonderful limited edition hand made prints of your own.