Looking back, looking forward

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'The end of the line'
2017 has been a busy year at Errachail Studio, with several high points both professionally and personally. Notable highlights included having my application for Printfest (the UK's foremost artist-led printmaking festival) accepted, and attending this thoroughly enjoyable event in May. Later in the year I was proud to be invited to take part in both Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery's 'Master Printmakers' show, and the Great Print Exhibition - the largest event of its kind in the UK - at Rheged in the Lake District. Both of these shows continue into the New Year, so there's still time to see them. I was delighted to be able to attend Charles Shearer's weekend course in collagraph at Leicester Print Workshop during the summer, which gave me the inspiration and skills to try quite new directions in my work. Those of you who follow me may have noticed that I participated in fewer Print Fairs than usual later in the year; this was to allow myself time for other commitments, including getting married to my printmakers' devil, framer and long-term partner at the end of October - fitted in between deliveries and gallery visits! Some of these professional commitments continue into 2018; much of my time is being taken up with a exciting new project which will be kept under wraps until September, when I shall Reveal All.

At the moment I'm making new work for a show with sculptor Ann Coomber at The Birch Tree Gallery in Edinburgh which will run during February; four brand new prints, most of them inspired by the beautiful snows we've had this winter, will be showing there as well as many well-known favourites. On the weekend of 17-18 February I'll be at Rheged in their Making Space, a miniature studio space where I'll be making plates and pulling some prints - do come along for a chat if you're anywhere near Penrith. Throughout March and April some of my prints will once again be included in Just Makers' Paper and Print events at Ripley Castle and The Bath House, RHS Harlow Carr. In early October I'll be leading a two-day workshop in collagraph at the Lund Studios, Easingwold, North Yorkshire. Other events in 2018 TBC. So it only remains for me to wholeheartedly thank each one of you - printmakers, collectors, casual browsers - for your interest and time in following my work in 2017, and to wish you a thoroughly happy and creative 2018.