It’s the final weekend of the Emsworth Arts Trail and it’s a bank holiday too so many venues will be open for 3 full days. One of the artists you can see this weekend is Anna Couldridge who we spoke to earlier this week to find out more about her work and what you can expect from her this year.

Who are you?

Anna Couldridge

What type of artist are you?  

Printmaker. I do silk screen prints I also like lino cut and recently experimented with wood cuts. 

Do you have a background in art/design – when did you first start your creative journey?  

I have loved art from a child, taking A level art.  When I was 10 years old, for a project at school I drew images onto a scroll thirty feet in length, I was at boarding school and in order to get it finished I had to work on the drawings after lights out, hiding under my bed using a torch or on the floor of the toilet, when too many people had banged on the door I would sheepishly come out clutching all my pens and scroll underneath my dressing gown!  Later, 31 images from the scroll were used to illustrate a child’s version of “The Pilgrim’s Progress”  both the book and the scroll were featured on the BBC Blue Peter Program. I would have been on the show too had I not been abroad at the time. 

My career was in Nursing and I’m sure I passed all my exams because, if I could draw rather than describe something I did!   

While I was a nurse, I escaped for two winters to the Canary Islands where I sold  my art in street markets!

For many years I did evening classes in a variety of mediums, but it was when I moved to Hampshire in the 80’s and attended a silk screen printing course at Badger’s Press that I found an area of art that filled me with such excitement.

Can you describe your creative process?

When I have thought of a design, I have to think of the image in layers of colour prior to silk screen printing. These I then draw and get printed on acetates or cut them out in black card to transfer onto the screen.

What or who inspires you?

I love the variation of patterns and colours I see in nature. I was born in Africa and gain inspiration from my memories of the spectacular vivid products  and fabrics in their markets. Patterns from the 1930s and 1950s. French Impressionist Artists.

What do you enjoy most about the process? 

The wide choice of colours I can mix and the different effect of printing an image using different colour combinations  

Can you describe your studio/workspace? 

I use the Badger Press Studio, but I also now have a studio cabin in my garden, not fully equipped yet but it is a space for me to do work free from interruptions from my 3 cats and their cat fluff! 

What keeps you going whilst you work – soundtrack? Snacks? A fluffy assistant?

Certainly not a fluffy assistant!

What can we expect to see from you on this years’ art trail? – How does this vary from previous years

I have been experimenting using a method of blocking the screen where I get more tones of colour rather than a flat solid block of colour.

Where are you exhibiting? – What can people expect from the location? 

Emsworth Community Centre. It is well worth a visit, there will be a good mixture of styles, you are sure to find something that appeals to you.  

Why did you want to take part in the trail?

It’s great to meet other artists, if work sells, that is affirmation that someone likes my art and it gives me a boost.

What are your artistic ambitions?

As I am retired now from nursing, I have more time to enjoy my creative hobbies, Any money I make allows me to carry on.

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