About Laura Chaplin
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I work predominantly in the medium of screen printing, which involves transferring separate colours of ink onto a surface through a woven mesh one layer at a time. Unlike the conventional process, I have developed a unique variation using frameless screens and can generate screens up to two metres wide and many metres in length.
Taking inspiration from my surroundings; particularly the lines, shapes and patterns found in landscapes, wildlife and structures. I use photography, illustration and mark-making to create original, unique, hand pulled screen prints.
My works start their journeys as large pieces of cloth onto which I print. As the printmaking process develops subtle compositions begin to emerge, at this point I may tear the cloth into smaller pieces adding further layers onto each one until its completion. Composition, the interplay of positive and negative shapes and a build-up of multiple layers of imagery, colour and texture all feature in the process.
Working on a range of materials including silk, voile, linen, paper and metal leaf, my works can be described as delicately ethereal, painterly and often translucent.