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.
Over forty stalls will showcase the work of artists skilled in a range of printing techniques on the day. Alongside the stalls, a series of demonstrations and talks will explain just what each curious machine and tool is used for, and show the uninitiated exactly how the desired printing effect is achieved. The fair also raises funds for St Mary's TimeBuilders project, which supports people to develop themselves and contribute to the local community.
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