Bristol Print Collective deliver printmaking workshops in pop up venues in galleries, festivals and community spaces. Our aim is to keep the traditions of printmaking alive by offering accessible and engaging workshops for all members of society.Bristol Print Collective was founded by artists Jemma Gunning and Victoria Willmott. We met in 2015 whilst studying an MA in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at University of West of England, Bristol. We found we each shared an interest for discovering DIY lo-tech printmaking and explored creative processes to make printmaking workshops transportable without large equipment. In this way our workshops show how printmaking can be enjoyed outside of a studio in any environment and for all ages and abilities.We wish to encourage adults who may not have an artistic background to explore their creativity whilst learning a new skill. Demonstrating the creative and limitless possibilities we hope to inspire younger generations and other likeminded artists to pick up an apron and get inky.
Specialising in etching, Jemma records and documents transient states of decaying architectural forms containing an historic significance. She invites the viewer to slow down and reflect upon the degeneration of urban landscapes and to experience the city as a living museum.
Victoria Willmott is an printmaker and artist educator with a BA in Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts and an MA in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking from University of the West of England. Victoria creates her illustrations from initial observational sketches of people, nature and buildings in cities she visits. Travelling by bike is Victoria’s favourite way to explore a city, finding her own way around and noticing the everyday life and character of a place. Her drawings from life are then translated onto lino to create stamps that through playful compositions start to suggest narratives and mapping. Victoria enjoys the immediacy of printing lino by hand making the prints come to life one stamp at a time.