We are delighted to announce that our two 2017 artists in residence are Mai Osawa and Georgie Jefferies.
Some of you may know Mai Osawa, who worked with the Ochre PrintAble group for a couple of years. For those who don’t, Mai is a graduate of Nihon University in Tokyo who worked as a set designer for many years in Japan before moving to the UK in 2002. Once in the UK, whilst continuing to design sets, she broadened her art practice to include freelance design and illustration. Mai has published a book about British church architecture illustrated with her own watercolours. This fascination with architecture led to a growing interest in printmaking, which in turn led her to Ochre Print Studio. Her drypoint etchings are often atmospheric interrogations of old British buildings, and she won a Printmakers’ Council prize this year. Mai says “Being trained as a set designer, I see my work as being like a scene without actors, for which people can conjure up their own stories. I am really looking forward to developing my work in new ways over the year, and in particular to experimenting with the new etching facilities.”
We are hugely impressed with the quality of Mai’s print portfolio. She demonstrates amazing technical ability and flair for someone who has reasonably recently started printmaking. We are delighted Mai will be joining us next year and can’t wait to see how she is influenced by our new etching facilities.
Georgie Jefferies is a textile and print artist who graduated from Bath Spa University in 2008. She has since worked as a textile designer and teacher and spent some time in Tanzania developing print products for an organisation producing work with Tanzanian deaf and disabled adults. The influence of this and similar travels is evident in many of Georgie’s vibrant colourful designs. Georgie said, “I am really looking forward to experimenting with producing my prints as artworks on paper and to working within a creative environment with other local artists. This year will be a key step towards fulfilling my ambition of creating a defined brand with use of colour and abstract pattern, although I will also continue to experiment with the illustrative side to my work.”
We are super excited that Georgie is our very first textile artist in residence. Georgie is familiar with screen printing from her fantastic textile work, but it will be fascinating to see her colourful ideas develop as she explores other print techniques. We are delighted that we are able to support a young artist just starting out on her business development journey, and we are looking forward to Georgie joining the team.
The two 2016 Artists in Residence Adam Green and Marielle Schram conclude their residencies with a presentation of the work they have completed during the year at the Ochre Christmas party on Thursday 8 December.
The evening will kick off at 6.30pm so we hope to see you all there.