A collaboration between two Lancaster-based printmakers, Jenny McCabe and Bonnie Craig. Both use screenprinting to create their work, but they have very different styles. Jenny shies away from colour and uses scribbly ink lines to draw wildlife, while Bonnie uses bright colours and abstract geometric shape to create pattern.
The artists used a range of techniques including drawing, collage, rubbings and photography to produce a series of experimental screenprints based entirely on imagery taken from Castle Hill.
Ironically, working artists don’t get much time to play with techniques and processes. The collaboration aimed to generate a project where the artists could work together to challenge each other’s ideas and aesthetic. They approached this exhibition with a clear brief of working together for a short time period within agreed constraints and rules.
The experience of collaboration was challenging and rewarding in equal measure. Setting rules helped to rein in the natural process of creative experimentation, while allowing the artists to explore each other’s working processes. Working towards a goal of a finished exhibition gave direction and structure.
Recognising that the project has only scratched the surface of their collaborative potential, the artists are continuing to work together on various projects this year.