Angela Annesley • Printmaker and Book Illustrator
Angela is a print artist and illustrator based near Land’s End in Cornwall, specialising in handprinted woodcuts and art books featuring poetry, stories and bespoke illustrations. Her work depicts scenes that reflect the opposing curves and angles of the natural and industrial landscapes and the wild seascapes of England. Animals run free in their natural environment and the prints embody the strength of the southwesterly winds that shape the character of the land and sea. Mermaids, wolves, ravens, rabbits and foxes roam the riverside woodlands. Each print is partnered with a fragment of poetry that illuminates its emotional impact and expanding the meaning of the images through the power of words. She works in editions of 100.
Unlike traditional woodcuts, Angela’s illustrations develop organically as she works on each piece. Designs are roughly planned on the wood or plate, and then developed through the techniques and idiosyncrasies of gouging and carving. Angela prints with both water-based etching inks and oil-based litho inks, and favours sugar paper and unbleached papers that add their own character to the prints. She uses Japanese wood carving chisels. The woodcuts are printed on a unique press designed and made by an engineer in Perranporth. It’s A1 in size meaning that extra large work can be printed smoothly and is great for all kinds of intaglio and relief printing with its adjustable roller.
Ravenstongue prints and books in galleries and exhibitions
Trelissick Gallery, Trelissick, Truro, Cornwall TR3 6QL
Trelowarren Gallery, Mawgan-in-Meneage, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6AF
Blue Bramble Gallery, Island Square, St.Ives, Cornwall TR26 1NX
Sandpiper Gallery, 2 Carn Topna, Mousehole, Penzance, Cornwall Tr19 6QE
Bank Square Gallery, 5 Bank Square, St. Just-in-Penwith, Cornwall TR19 7HH
Dog & Rabbit, North Row, St Just, Cornwall TR19 7HH
Circa 21, 21 Market Jew Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2HR
Create Art Gallery, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4BU
Rostra Gallery, 5 George Street, Bath, BA1 2EJ.
June-July 2016: National Trust 1st World War Centenary Exhibition, Trelissick House, Trelissick, Truro, Cornwall TR3 6QL. At Trelowarren Gallery Sept-Oct 2016, and at Truro Cathedral from Oct 2016.
May-June 2016: St Ives Society of Artists Printmaking and Ceramics Exhibition, Norway Square, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1NA
April 2016: Modern Makers, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4BU
December-January 2015/16: Christmas Exhibition, Penlee House Gallery, Morrab Road, Penzance TR18 4HE
May-June 2015: South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, Summer Open Exhibition, Monte Rosa, Chagford, Newton Abbot TQ13 8BX
May-June 2015: St Ives Society of Artists Printmaking and Ceramics Exhibition, Norway Square, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1NA
Caribou of Cornwall: woodcut fabric designs for artisan lampshades. Planned release 2017
Finisterre: Ocean woodcuts for high-end surf outfitter. Due out Autumn Season 2016
Magnificent Science: Nature woodcuts for online conservation project. 2015
‘Woodcut’: A collaboration with a Danish dance and circus company to design woodcut backdrops for their planned international tour in 2017.
What is a woodcut?
Similar in technique to a lino cut, woodcuts use carving chisels to gouge patterns or images into a wooden surface to produce a printable relief. The wood is then inked up using a smooth rubber roller, leaving a thin film of ink on the areas of the image that haven’t been gouged away. Paper is then laid on the wood and passed through a press or burnished by hand. When the paper is peeled back you have a reverse image of your carving. Coloured images are produced using multiple surfaces with different areas of relief to produce areas of different colours.