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Louise Maclaren: ~ Artist & Printer
I often describe my subject matter as' Seeing the unusual in the usual'.
‘I grew up in the south and east of England which gave me the best of both rural worlds; the dramatic South Downs and the large clear East Anglian skies.
During my teens I felt in touch with the seasonal changes where I lived.
I became inspired by what I knew best: the colours and ever changing weather and light, twisted trees, ancient and massive hills whose density and shape influenced the artist and sculptor John Nash.
One of my preferred mediums is print and the method of re-using polystyrene as a block (relief) print was driven directly from my feelings about the disgraceful waste of certain plastics such as polystyrene which still do not get recycled widely in this country despite having recycling pet marks…

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  • Joined October 1, 2010

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Lino Block Metal plate Printing Ink Scrim Japanese Rice paper Watercolours Pen and ink Caligo inks Water based non toxic inks Reused Polystyrene Recycled Paper Somerset Paper Recycled Paper Intaglio Print Relief print Marine Ply Pigments Oil paints Lost and Found Objects Lettering Gold Leaf Silver Leaf Gesso Coloured Clay Bole Wood Metal plate

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About

Louise Maclaren: ~ Artist & Printer
I often describe my subject matter as' Seeing the unusual in the usual'.
‘I grew up in the south and east of England which gave me the best of both rural worlds; the dramatic South Downs and the large clear East Anglian skies.
During my teens I felt in touch with the seasonal changes where I lived.
I became inspired by what I knew best: the colours and ever changing weather and light, twisted trees, ancient and massive hills whose density and shape influenced the artist and sculptor John Nash.
One of my preferred mediums is print and the method of re-using polystyrene as a block (relief) print was driven directly from my feelings about the disgraceful waste of certain plastics such as polystyrene which still do not get recycled widely in this country despite having recycling pet marks.
Only these particular series of re-used polystyrene relief prints are done with non toxic ink and are printed on recycled paper.
I love photography and the things we can do with editing nowadays. It has been one of my constant passions and a useful tool in my printmaking ideas.
I am inspired by my immediate environment and the idea that certain objects can seem to speak volumes to me giving me insights into their owners. They are sort of still lifes I like to express within printmaking often using moody colours.
I find that etching and drypoint lend themselves to this kind of atmospheric work. I was able to experiment with this during my City & Guilds level 3 in Printmaking during 2013-14. For which I achieved four distinctions.
Recently I was very happy to be asked to have some of my original relief prints of Hares put into a book 'The artful hare' by Alan D. Marshall of Mascot media:
http://www.mascotmedia.co.uk/publishing_booksforsale.html
More will be published about it on my new website soon:
http://www.louisemaclaren.com/

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