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Janet French ‘Field Studies’ solo exhibition at Clare Hall, Cambridge

Artworks member Janet French has been invited to show her work in a solo exhibition at Clare Hall, Cambridge. The exhibition will include 30-35 of Janet’s unique contemporary landscape images screenprinted onto handmade paper she creates using natural leaves and fibres.

Janet French ‘Field Studies’
An exhibition of Contemporary Silkscreen Prints on Handmade Leaf Paper.
25 April – 5 June 2019
Clare Hall, Herschel Road, Cambridge.

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‘Winter Sun II’
Screenprint on Handmade Beech leaf paper with gold leaf
61x80cm

The idea of making paper from leaves began when I started to question the relevance of the materials I was using to the landscape I was working in. Maybe locally sourced materials would reflect in my work something about that particular landscape that, say, a sheet of manufactured white paper or canvas could not. I began experimenting with natural pigments and inks and have slowly developed and adapted traditional paper making methods to create papers from the materials around me

The processes involved reflect my personal relationship with the environment which is not about standing back and admiring the view. It is about connecting with the landscape and understanding through process. It is about cultivating and harvesting and recycling and working with nature. The papermaking process similarly involves working outside harvesting and preparing, working in tune with the seasons and weather.

Each sheet of leaf paper I make is created with an image in mind which incorporates the characteristics of the leaves as an integral part of that image. The challenge has been to strike the right balance between leaf paper and image and not allow the image to dominate. The translucent nature of the paper allows me to print part of the image on the reverse side of the leaves. The image can then be seen in a more subtle way and the natural details of the leaves are enhanced by the underlying ink. I also embrace the natural characteristics of the different leaves by allowing the texture to break through the image. In this way I aim to create a balance between image and paper, man and environment.

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End of the Day I
Screenprint on Handmade Beech leaf paper with gold leaf
64x61cm

Janet French
‘Field Studies’
25 April – 5 June 2019

An exhibition of Contemporary Silkscreen Prints on Handmade Leaf Paper.

Clare Hall, Herschel Road, Cambridge CB3 9AL.

www.clarehall.cam.ac.uk
www.janetfrench.co.uk

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Winter Light III

Winter Light III

My work explores the fragile symbiotic relationship between man and the natural environment. I work in tune with nature to create work that is testimony to…

Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, small paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, large range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

Art in Action : Janet French and Emma Buckmaster collaborative Tree Portraits’ etchings project

Artworks artist Janet French and Emma Buckmaster will be at Art in Action 2014 from 17-20th July demonstrating the collaborative project that they have been working on. ‘Tree Portraits’ are a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper made from the trees’ own leaves.

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Fagus
Etching on Beech leaves

The newest addition to the series, Fraxinus Excelsior, an etching of an ash tree printed on to ash leaf paper, was shortlisted for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. It will be on display in the ‘Best of the Best’ exhibition at Art in Action.

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Fraxinus Excelsior
Etching on Ash leaves

Over the last 36 years, Art in Action, held at Waterperry Gardens, Oxford, has created a new sort of art show and now attracts around 25,000 visitors. The public comes to Art in Action, not just to see works of art, but to see the art of creating art. Janet and Emma will be working in the Printmaking marquee. For further information please visit www.artinaction.org.uk.

The Tree Portraits will also be exhibited at the Artworks Annual Exhibition in September 2014 and can be viewed on Janet and Emma‘s websites.

www.janetfrench.co.uk
www.emmabuckmaster.com

Art in Action 2014
Thursday 17 July to Sunday 20 July 2014. Open 10.00am – 5.30pm each day
Waterperry House
Waterperry
Near Wheatley
Oxfordshire
OX33 1JZ

At ARTWORKS today Janet French printmaker, prints trees on leaves

Today, Saturday 21 September 2013, Artworks artist Janet French will be demonstrating printmaking and creative papermaking in the Artworks exhibition.
Janet French : Printing Trees on Leaves


Janet French says of her recent work, which is in the Artworks exhibitionI have been exploring the spiritual impact of the effect of light seen through trees. The images are produced using a variety of printmaking methods and are printed onto papers I have created using the leaves and fibres of local woodland species, for example beech, nettle and oak.


See Janet French in the gallery today, from 10.15 am – 4.30 pm.
Stay tuned to the Artworks blog for daily Artworks exhibition news and updates, as a different artist will be demonstrating in the Artworks exhibition every day.
The Artworks annual exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to see and buy new and original contemporary work by some of East Anglia’s most inspired and creative artists. Read more about the Artworks artists.
7 – 29 September 2013
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ
The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. 
We also have a shop selling artists’ limited edition prints, unframed work, greetings cards and postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments. We hope you will enjoy your visit to Artworks!

A collaboration in art & nature: Janet French & Emma Buckmaster

Artworks artist Janet French has recently begun an exciting collaborative art project with another artist, the printmaker Emma Buckmaster.

Quercus, Fordham, etching on oak leaf handmade paper

The aim of this project is to produce a series of etchings of native tree species printed on to paper created from the trees’ own leaves. Once completed, the delicate prints are trapped between two sheets of glass and framed to allow light to enhance the fine details of the image and the translucent quality of the leaves.

Five tree ‘portraits’ have now been completed and they are currently on show, together with other new work by Janet and Emma, at The Assembly House in Norwich, Norfolk.

Noverre Gallery
Assembly House
Theatre Street
Norwich
NR2 1RQ

The exhibition runs from Friday 2nd December 2011 to Monday 2nd January 2012, open Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm.

Tilia, Braxted, etching on Lime leaf handmade paper

The flowers of the Common Lime have a narcotic effect on bees which may be found asleep under the tree.  The branches are full of mistletoe and the leaves have been used to make the paper on which the tree portrait is printed.

Emma and Janet currently co-Chair the Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop in Sudbury, Suffolk.

For further details on their work you can visit Janet and Emma’s websites:

www.janetfrench.co.uk

www.emmabuckmaster.com