Welcome to the first in a series where we meet up with one of our Red Hot Press members to get the lowdown on what they print and why they do it.
We are delighted to kick off fittingly with Jutta Manser as she is one of our original members and has been a great supporter of the workshop over the years. Jutta is a very talented wood engraver who we are lucky to have teach for us.
We got her to step away from the spitsticker for a moment to talk to us.
I came to Southampton as a student, got married and stayed on ever since…I’ve always enjoyed art and did bits and pieces from student days on, designed a couple book jackets for my husband’s philosophical books, but became a lecturer at what is now Solent University and only returned to art as a ‘main activity’ after giving up the day job.
Have you been on any Courses at the workshop? Tell us something about that?
Wood engraving! I like the crispness of black-and-white and there is something about the scale which fascinates me. A whole world on a block just a few square inches in size and I just love the feel of the point cutting into the wood. Then you lift the paper from the block and catch the first sight of your PRINT… magic!
I’m doing some engraving for a project with Salisbury Museum which involves an artists’ group in Salisbury made up of ex-students from what was Salisbury College fine art department, which sadly no longer exists. This is for this summer. I’ll be able to use Red Hot Press to print some etchings for this, if I get the plates done in time, in addition to the engraving. And there are also those drypoints to return to.
It’s that drypoint again…plus I would like to have another stab at mono-printing… and who knows what other excitements RHP may come up with? They’re a pretty adventurous bunch and always ready to pass on new ideas.
Yes, I joined Cowprint because isolation is one of the difficulties with being an artist. Like the workshop itself, Cowprint gives us an opportunity to see other’s work, but on a more regular basis. We can bring problems for other people to offer their ideas [you don't have to accept them, but it often helps to spark your own solution] and we engage in joint projects like the calendar we produced last year.
I try to exhibit fairly regularly–both for the pleasure of putting work into the public arena [and, yes, selling it!] and to support Red Hot Press. (editor’s note: look out for Jutta’s little handmade books and wood engraved gift tags)
It’s challenging, creative and FUN and best enjoyed in company [+ the coffee is free!]