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As Pressing Matters start a new year, new ideas and projects come to the fore – exciting experiments and the appetite to take on a new technique or push a style further. [expand title="more"]Whether you are like our minimal, monochrome cover stars Jollygoodfellow, or Mark Wheatley and Chris Sleath with their fizzy colour prints, it’s clear there’s plenty of space to explore in your given field and you printmakers seem to be doing this in ever more creative ways. There’s also a sense that printmakers are getting more aware of the impact of printing on the environment and looking closer at sustainability in their practices. Artist Sarah Gillespie’s etching of moths highlight the steep decline of these wonderful insects and a group of masked letterpress disruptors list the re-use of materials as a key point in their manifesto. Even ideas can be recycled and re-defined, with Nanette Wallace’s haunting monoprints a reminder that working with what you have can make for richer narratives in prints and surprising, unplanned moments.[/expand]

If there’s a theme running through Pressing Matters #9, it’s one of community and resilience – be it the fierce friendship and ‘commitment to the cause’ found at East London Printmakers or the search for a new place to print like the adventures of Sinclair Ashman’s US residency or Kay Van Bellen’s more permanent move to a new country. [expand title="more"]Stories that speak of togetherness, but are never without an element of mild peril. We hear from a host of makers taking inspiration from their surroundings and creating their own personal narratives, such as John Fellows’ epic mountain prints and Fenne Kustermans’ zines that explore her need for solitude. And, by taking a look at the positive effect that creativity can have on mental health, we shine a light on the importance of making personal work, just for yourself, as much as showing it or selling it. Continuing our journey into the far corners of the printmaking world, we talk to US artist Don Kilpatrick III about his unique shoe prints and out-of-this-world woodcuts. Around the time of the launch of this issue, I signed up to a relief printing course and I’ll be thinking of all of these great printmakers whilst trying my best at linocut, woodcut and more – no doubt they’ll help me to build up my own resilience, to keep printing and make the most of being part of a vibrant printmaking community, both near and far.[/expand]

Pressing matters #8 follows printmakers who are a curious, ever experimenting with their chosen techniques, quite happy to see them combine for the desired effect. The latest issue sees some of our featured artists working with print to do just this.

Finding inspiration for a print or even a series of work is sometimes a daunting task – knowing where to start can be a tricky thing. In this issue we speak to a fascinating mix of makers, all with very different ways of working but all sharing a big love for print.

Pressing matters is grateful to see that both local and global communities are thriving – all championing their favoured techniques, whilst celebrating printmaking as a whole.[expand title="more"]Issue #6 contains community-led stories from the USA and South Wales, shared experiences of balancing parenting with printing, new spins on old techniques and everything in between. Featuring a visit at St Cuthberts Mill to witness their paper-making process and chat over the challenges they face in making paper that will withstand even the harshest of treatment in the hands of printmakers. As (featured artist) John Pedder’s print so nicely puts it, ‘Knives are for creating, not destroying’ and we aspire to be a positive voice on all things inky, doing our bit to inspire and educate.[/expand]

The fourth issue of Pressing Matters explores the broad reaches of the craft of printing. Visiting a collection of huge presses in Norway, a Czech studio mixing the methodological with the modern and conversing with Iranian printer (and paralympic athlete) Mohammad Barrangi Fashtami, plus presenting the brothers bringing attention to a near extinct animal with prints, these are some of Pressing Matters’ proposed projects taking us to new geographically and technically stretched limits. Meeting up with creative printers who conveniently use whole processes of printing to boost their work and enrich their personal lives. Interestingly, the making of this edition involves interactive field trips by the magazine’s creator John Coe in which his two co-founders Jake Kennedy and Jo Hounsome plus twelve members of John’s family have participated. Buy

Unlike most publications in its category, Pressing Matters focuses on the work of printmaking itself instead of the end result of printed products. This includes the techniques, the people and the passionate labour that takes place in the workshops of the printmakers. Pressing Matters makes a little tour to find about some of the hidden ateliers of print from around the world, and with Delita Martins in we see how through embracing a big variety of printing techniques she gives her portraits a sense of power and grace, and from Bristol we learn the story behind the creation of the Bristol Print Collective and the enthusiasm fuelling the creations of its members. Impressing.