Bio

About me

My name is Margot, I am a Southampton-based fine art printmaker, working from my studio at home in what was my children’s playroom. I work on a hawthorn press which gives me the facility to work on a verity of printmaking both intaglio and relief.

My inspiration comes from the colour and pattern found in the natural world.

Images for my prints are from watercolour sketches and photographs taken in my garden, walks with my dog Hector or snorkelling.

margot eardley fine art printmaker

Bio

All my prints are hand printed and each piece is an original artwork created by me.

I make mostly Lino and Etching prints, depending on the image I am creating.

Each of my prints are part of a limited edition, every print has its own number within the edition.

All my prints come mounted and wrapped in cellophane for protection. I don’t always print an edition in one go, so occasionally I will need to print to order. This usually takes about a week.

Due to the hand-made nature of my work, the numbers in a print edition may vary slightly in colouring.

Etching Prints

Etching prints lend themselves to more intricate liner detail and texture. My Etchings are either Aluminium or Zinc aquatint.

Etching plates are made by stopping out then dipping the plate into a copper sulphate bath to eat away the image to be printed. After many hours of etching and stopping out the plate is ready to be inked.

I push the oil based ink into the plate with scrunched up balls of fabric called scrim. For small areas of colour I use my finger covered with scrim, “a le poupee”.

The paper needs to be soaked before use so it is soft enough to push into the tiny ink filled spaces on the plate.

I pass the inked plate and paper though my press to produce the image.

These prints need to be pressed between tissue and glass to dry. This usually takes about a week. 

Lino Prints

My Lino prints are full of bright dense colour.

They tend to be either reduction images which means cutting away the lino block after each colour is printed. (This is also know as suicide printing as there is no return once the lino is cut!) I find this often concentrates one’s mind.

I also like multi- block lino prints as these produce many beautiful colours where the blocks of colours overlap. I make my lino blocks by cutting away lino with special tools, working in reverse to the final image.

Lino is a relief printing method. I apply the oil based ink with a roller onto the lino block and press the image onto the paper with my Hawthorn press.

Finally the prints are hung up to dry.

Exhibitions

2021

Royal Cambrian Academy Annual Open
Conwy Wales

St Barbs Open
(Highly Commended)
St Barbs Museum & Gallery Lymington

Red Hot Press Printmakers 2021
Hilliers Gardens Gallery
Romsey Hampshire

Derby Print Open
Virtual Exhibition

Allen Gallery Open
Alton Hampshire

Mayflower 400 Print Exchange
Gods House Tower Gallery, Southampton

2020

Mayflower 400 Inky Hands Gallery
Massachusetts, USA

Beyond Four Walls by Artisans Now
Oxmarket Gallery Chichester.

20:20 International Print Exchange
Red Hot Press, Southampton.

Beside the Sea
Chalks Gallery Lymington

St Barbs Open (Highly Commended)
St Barbs Museum & Gallery Lymington

Journey, Migration & the Sea
Southampton Art Gallery, Open exhibition.

Print Diploma Exhibition
Red Hot Press

Spring
Chalks Gallery Lymington

2019

Hampshire Open Studios
The Nutshell Gallery Winchester

Smoked Uncut
Limewood Hotel New Forest Hampshire – Shop Creative

International Print Exchange
Green Door Studios, Derby

Red Hot Press Printmakers 2019
Hilliers Gardens Gallery, Romsey, Hampshire.

Colbury Art & Craft Fair
Ashurst, New Forest

2018

20:20 international Print Exchange
Red Hot Press, Southampton.

Mottisfont Abbey Open
National Trust Romsey, Hampshire

Print Foundation Exhibition
Red Hot Press, Southampton

Colbury Art & Craft Fair -Ashurst Hampshire

Work/Qualifications

2019 Founding member of Artisans Now! – An Exhibiting collective

2019 Opened my own Printmaking Studio

2019 Diploma in Fine Art Printmaking – Red Hot Press, Southampton

2018 Membership of Cowprint Printmakers Group

2018 Foundation in Fine Art Printmaking – Red Hot Press Southampton

1986 – 2017 Window dresser / Visual Merchandiser

1985 Margot Eardley Designs – Designed made & exported exclusive jumpers to the Dutch market

1983 Diploma Fashion & design

1982 Fine Art Foundation – Southampton School of Art