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Tracey Ashman

I have practiced printmaking for a decade and gained a certificate in Printmaking from the Curwen Study Centre in Linton in 2015. I enjoy the many processes, all of which can be very exacting and challenging. Printmaking offers me limitless creativity; the possibility of creating multi-layered images, using combined techniques, are endless. My preferred printmaking processes are mono-prints, silkscreen and linocuts.

Recent print projects have been inspired by an abiding interest in textiles, which comes from my mothers’ legacy. I spent many hours in her sewing room, where I was taught to sew and knit at the age of five. I have begun to incorporate stitch into my printmaking processes; the texture and form of stitch, both hand and machine, creates beautiful, unexpected marks.

My current work is an exploration of childhood memories, in which stitch played an important healing process during a traumatic period. Stitch for me is a metaphor for growth and renewal. One stitch, leading onto many, was the starting point to a healing and mending of both mind and body.

I am currently a core member of the Cambridge Originals Printmakers group, who are currently organising our Biennale exhibition for September 2016.

For more information about Tracey please visit her website.