The annual Sheffield Print Fair celebrates the great variety of ways that images and words make their way onto paper.
Woodcut, linocut, aquatint, drypoint, mezzotint, etching, letterpress, screen print, digital print – the list of different printing processes just goes on and on. Many of these techniques date back centuries, as do the machines they make use of, in some cases. Nonetheless they continue to be valued by scores of printmakers and artists, whether they choose to master the more traditional methods or create something from a combination of old and new. And it’s clear why: each printing process delivers its own unique results in style and texture, and at the same time affords the artist a high level of control over the production and reproduction of their own work.
Returning for its eighth year in 2021, Sheffield Print Fair will showcase the work of artists skilled in a range of printing techniques. Alongside the stalls, a series of demonstrations will explain some of printmaking's curious machines and tools, and show the uninitiated how the desired effect is achieved. The fair will also feature kids' workshops, a raffle, and a printmaker's printmaker award. Bonus: the first 50 people through the door will receive a free Sheffield Print Fair tote bag.
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