Jean Edwards is a printmaker, urbansketcher and collage artist. She primarily makes collagraph prints, a technique she first learned at Leicester Print Workshop, and adopted as a home friendly practice. Jean uses mainly found and recycled materials to make collagraph plates from. She prints at home on a press in her kitchen – she can turn her kitchen into a print workshop in about 15 minutes! Her prints are inspired by real and imagined landscapes along with natural forms and manmade structures. Jean likes the unpredictability of using card and textures and the way the plates deteriorate, resulting in small editions of prints. She has recently been using deconstructed boxes as plates. The thin card of boxes that formerly contained medicine or toiletries is more delicate than using mountboard, but the shape and existing textures, along with the shapes and fragility is an interesting challenge.
Jean also makes monoprints from natural materials. This year she has been using fallen leaves to print from using a Gelli plate and she has an ongoing interest in printing onto maps and tickets and then working further onto these with drawing and collage.
Jean is a member of the Kettering and District Art Society and the Northampton Town and County Art Society, and have also exhibited with the Southbank Printmakers, London and the annual Open Exhibition in Leicester. Jean often makes postcard sized prints and has been taking part in Sheffield printmaker John Peddar’s ongoing #oneofmanypostcard project on Instagram, as well as the annual international Twitter Art Exhibition and other charity art initiatives.