Studio News: Edition 7: 7 May 2020

Studio News: Edition 7: 7 May 2020

Collaborative Collagraph BannerWelcome

First of all, thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our short survey. This will help inform our funding applications as well as guide us in adapting our activities to suit your needs. One change we have made is to add in the option for remote technical support outside of normal hours for those studio users who are working. We have also really valued the positive feedback and kind words of encouragement.

There is still time to complete the survey by clicking here. It takes less than 5 minutes and is really helpful to Northern Print.

As promised, this is a shorter newsletter as we take a short break for the bank holiday.

We will however leave you with a link for the London Original Print Fair where you can enjoy a whole range of prints from galleries, publishers and studios not just in the UK but internationally. The event takes place at the Royal Academy, London and is a real treat for anyone interested in printmaking. Alongside the individual stands there is also a programme of talks and demonstrations.

London Original Print Fair – online here Check our the ‘viewing rooms’ for all the exhibitors.

Get involved

We are really keen to welcome contributions to the newsletter so do please get in touch if you are interested in writing or perhaps being a guest editor? We are also looking for more virtual studio visits so do let us know if you are keen to host or share a demonstration via zoom. Just email for more information.

Remote Technical Support

A reminder that we are continuing to offer remote technical support free of charge to our studio users.  Helen is available to provide support via email, telephone, zoom or facetime at the times below or can be contacted by email to arrange a time. Helen will answer questions and work through any technical support to suit your needs and at your pace on a one-to-one basis. Quick questions or more involved support available.

Helen date time
Tuesday 12/05/20 10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4pm
Thursday 14/05/20

10am, 12noon, 2pm, 4pm

If these times aren’t suitable and you would prefer evening or Saturday support please contact Helen to arrange an alternative time.

Printmaking Materials

If you are running short of paper or other materials let us know. We do a weekly check on the building and maybe able to post these to you or arrange a ‘click and collect’ option. Please email to see what is possible.

Printmakers Coffee Break

Next coffee break is Tuesday 12 May at 11am

If you have any thoughts or questions about printmaking or just want to chat (or just listen in) with other studio users and staff you can join the coffee break via Zoom.

You can join the coffee break via zoom using a link which we can email to you on request (

Collaborative Collagraph

Helen led a 'collagraph-along' on Thursday morning for members who are participating in the project. This will be a collective interpretation of LS Lowry's Market Scene, Northern Town.  24 printmakers joined in with the live Zoom demonstration where, in true Blue Peter style, Helen showed examples of collagraph plates 'that she'd prepared earlier' and shared hints and tips of materials that participants may be able to find at home.

Anyone participating in the project; who would like further guidance, to run over any of the points covered or missed the demonstration, can book in for a one-to-one video call or a phone call with Helen. Please direct questions to

 Collaborative Collagraph Project

As we are hoping to put together a press release about the project then we would appreciate it if participating members could please document the process of making the collagraph plates at home if possible and send photographs to  You may wish to be in some photographs which would add some human interest to our story or you may wish to photograph the plate only. All images are very welcome and we also plan to share them on social media. We look forward to seeing your work developing.


Sharing your work online #printmakerspost

If you have images of work in progress, finished work or perhaps sketchbooks or ideas you would like to share we are doing this via social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) using the hashtag #printmakerspost. For those of you who would prefer to email images and short text we will share as part of our weekly newsletter. Just email to

You can post on social media at any time but we thought it might be good if we tried to post new work on Fridays where possible to round off the week.

John Pedder  Tara Mills  Jenny Longshaw

L-R  As printmaking time has given way to home schooling time Cat Moore has shared her topical woodcut print from John Peddar entitled 'Miracle Workers'. Here is a still from a timelapse film of  a linocut in progress by Tara Mills on Instagram. It is part of a body of work Tara has been creating of British birds. Jenny Longshaw has also been preoccupied with time this week and has created this letterpress print on a road map.


If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute to future editions of Studio News please get in touch via We’d love to hear from you!

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