Compass Rose Press (Hilary Soper & Ysabel Winzar)
'Printmaking can be as simple as the potato cut we all did at primary school or as complicated as multi-coloured monotypes. However it's done, an original print is made by hand, uses many tools, age-old craft skills and knowledge of materials to transfer an image to paper from a prepared plate - a design etched into metal, for example. Hilary has given this complex procedure an added challenge by embarking on collaborative printmaking with Ysabel Winzar under their joint name "Compass Rose Press".
These Compass Rose prints evolve from discussion, shared sketching days and individual work until the nail-biting moment of inking up and combining plates on the press to produce the print. Separate plates, designed to complete a harmonious image, have been used in "Noctiluca" which takes its title from the scientific name of night-time phosphorescence at sea. Hilary's etching of a hurricane lamp is combined with Ysabel's dry-point and chine colle dinghy, set in a sparkling sea of "Diamond dust" on a dark sail-cloth inspired sea. The concept of the image may dictate a different approach: the intuitive growth of a monotype, for example, where the print from one artist passes to the hand of the other to change and extend the picture, perhaps in an unexpected direction, until both agree that it is complete. This can be a tense procedure, requiring firm friendship, a steady hand and good sense of humour! "Frost at the window" started life as an etching by Hilary, printed in black. Ysabel poured life and colour into the dead sunflower head through several layers of transparent ink and a frosting of "diamond dust". The addition of Ysabel's window-sill vase (dry-point) sets the scene.'
'Reflections' Framed Monoprint 1/1 - image size 22cm x 19cm
'Reflections at Dusk' Framed Monoprint 1/1 - image size 22cm x 19cm