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Emily in studio
The Curious Printmaker website is all about printmaking, especially experimental techniques.

Emily Harvey
I am a Yorkshire based printmaker, I make original prints and run short printmaking courses from my studio near York. 

I love to experiment with different printmaking techniques, particularly collagraphs, as this involves an inventive approach with plenty of improvisation.  

For collagraphs the printing plate is like a collage made up of different textures and materials. It is printed both as intaglio and relief so the finished prints contain several layers of colour.

 

Much of my work has a social dimension, created as part of an artist’s residency in a particular place, or in a community setting where people work together on a collective creative project.

If you are passing York Library call in to see the ‘York Panorama’ a cast panel I made, based on peoples’ stories of York. This public art work is  permanently installed on the first-floor landing.

For a bit more history see ‘about me’ here

An inked up collagraph plate ready to print

Printmaking courses

Find out about short printmaking courses in my studio

Old Berwick collagraph print detail

Visit the Gallery

See my prints, projects and artist’s residencies

The Blog

The blog is for everyone who enjoys experimenting with printmaking. New posts every month will keep you supplied with printmaking ideas and inspiration. 

Mobile poem prints

Here is a collection of mobiles with poems and prints. The idea is to let moving air currents change the relationships between words and images as...

Mix your own black ink

When I decided to write this post to share my experiments with alternatives to black ink it seemed like a great idea. Now I am actually collecting...

Printing from Clingfilm

In this post I will show you how to use clingfilm to transfer images to paper without a press. We will print from the texture of clingfilm itself,...

Textured wallpaper for collagraph printing

Discover a great resource of FREE textured patterns ready for printing as relief or intaglio!Develop your own pattern resource Visit the wallpaper...

A print that moves

Why trap your prints behind glass? Are they desiccated museum exhibits forever fixed in time?
‘A print that moves’ is part of my investigation into making prints that live outside the frame.
In this post I want to share some of my current work with you

The transparent ink question

People are often confused by the difference between transparent ink and linseed oil, and how these two elements affect your inks for printmaking.