Stanley Jones early training was at Wigan School of Art and from there he went to Slade School of Fine Art in London. Following his Studies in London, he moved to Paris to work at the Ecole de Beaux Arts for a time before moving to the Atelier Patris, Montparnasse in Paris where he gained much experience in stone and zinc plate lithography and was also fortunate enough to work with artists like Giacometti, Le Moal, Sugali, Severini and Soulages. In 1958 Robert Erskine persuaded Stanley to return to London to help set up the Curwen Studio and create an environment in which artists had the freedom to work in printmaking. At the same time he took up a post at the Slade School to lecture in lithography. It was a perfect combination enabling him to work with artists, students and to produce his own work.
Stanley has devoted his life to the execution and promotion of printmaking. Not only has he guided such famous sculptors as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth into the two dimensional world of graphic image making, but he has also, in later years, introduced generations of art students to the magic of letting their imaginations roam freely on paper at the Curwen Print Study Centre. In 2000 Stanley Jones and Sam Alper opened the Curwen Print Study Centre, at Chilford Hall, as a non-profit Trust under the Directorship of Lorraine Chitson which would focus on teaching Fine Art Printmaking. Both were (sadly Alper died in 2002) extremely passionate about protecting the future of traditional skills in a digital age. Stanley is Life President of The Curwen Print Study Centre.
Despite his busy life either working or teaching in the Study Centre he has found the time to pursue his own career as an artist. Stanley uses lithography and painting and has had one-man shows as well as participating in mixed exhibitions in the UK and abroad. His work is in private and public collections throughout the world.
Lorraine was a senior commercial manager for a blue chip company for 21 years. Her last five years were spent managing and restructuring their graphic design studio following a review she conducted on behalf of the main board. It was a successful partnership merging the creative and commercial strengths to establish a centre of excellence for design.
In 2001 an opportunity arose to manage and develop the Curwen Print Study Centre. It allowed Lorraine to use her commercial and marketing strengths in a creative field. It also gave the opportunity to promote and fulfill her interest within the education sector.
The Study Centre has developed considerably under her guidance offering everything from Certificated courses to Family print days & is now at full capacity. Lorraine has introduced an Outreach programme that allows Curwen to take printmaking into the community beyond the physical boundaries of the studio. This has included Blenheim Palace - as part of John Piper exhibition, The British Museum, University of Cambridge - Museum of Zoology, Museum of Anthropology and Kettles Yard as part of "the print show" which achieved national recognition, The Fitzwilliam Museum and numerous schools and colleges.
Chloe was introduced to the Curwen Studio on Edward Bawden's recommendation after leaving the Royal College of Art in the late 1970s and thereafter made a number of commissioned prints at their London studio.
Coincidentally Chloe had originally attended art school in Cambridge and her mother had lived in Saffron Walden not far from Chilford Hall. Chloe's mother Sheila Robinson was a very skilled printmaker and Chloe shows the cardboard cutting techniques and prints made by her mother to others so that these working methods can be more widely practiced and preserved.
Chloe works as an artist, printmaker and illustrator and although she concentrates mainly on her own work has taught part time since leaving the RCA - from BA Illustration students in Beirut to painting weekends on the Kent coast, schoolchildren, community art groups and most recently MA Illustration students at Camberwell Art School in London . She relates to the work of others by using her own practical experience as a starting point.
Lisa Wilkens was born in Berlin and grew up in Bremen, North Germany. She completed a degree in scientific illustration at the University of the Arts, Zurich Switzerland graduating in 2005. In 2007, Lisa completed an MA in printmaking at Camberwell College, University of the Arts London, specialising on stone lithography. Her work is fundamentally based in drawing and the understanding and exploration of images, their reproduction and development through drawing. Lisa’s prints were selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011 and exhibited at the SS1 space Sheffield and the ICA in London and are held in the Saatchi Gallery collection. She regularly shows her work nationally and internationally.
Emma James is an Artist, Printmaker and Tutor based in her studio in Cambridge. She has a First class Honours Degree in Fine Art from the Cambridge School of Art. She joined the team at The Curwen Print Study Centre as a Tutor in 2010 and has also taught courses at Kettles Yard, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Stapleford Granary, Artworks, as well as various schools and colleges. Her work is mainly concerned with the inevitable entropy of all things, particularly human connections. Within the printmaking aspect of her practice she is particularly interested in all forms of relief printmaking.
After 20 years in further and higher education teaching Wendy found the delights of the Curwen Print Study Centre. For the last 10 years she has developed a keen interest in paper and book making using the paper made to create relief prints. She is also working on photopolymer prints, using only the sun to develop relief and intaglio etching plates. Examples of her work are held in various private collections.
Anne trained at Curwen Print Study Centre achieving her Certificate in Fine Art Printmaking in 2009 from Stanley Jones MBE and Chloe Cheese MA RCA. Anne divides her time between teaching and working as the studio technician at Curwen with developing her own work.
As a practising illustrator and artist printmaker she creates prints using a variety of printmaking techniques with particular focus on Photopolymer intaglio and Monoprint - alongside a growing interest in traditional letterpress printing.
Zelda trained at the Curwen Print Study Centre achieving her Accredited Certificate in Printmaking in 2009 and has been working as a part time tutor for the last 4 years.
In her practice as an artist-printmaker, Zelda uses a variety of printmaking techniques and enjoys pushing the printmaking process beyond what is usually done, often using several processes together to create unique pieces of art as well as small limited editions. Zelda is a member of Breckland Artists in Norfolk and The Espacio Gallery Artist cooperative in London.
For more information and examples of work please visit www.espaciogallery.com
Nikki came to the Curwen Print Study Centre in 2012 as a volunteer studio technician, assisting in the day to day running of the studio. She was so inspired by the diverse work being created by students and artists in the studio, that she decided to undertake the Fine Art Certificate in Printmaking at the Curwen in 2013 and then the Advanced Certificate in 2014. From here she has progressed and is now teaching at the Curwen part time. Originally from a Fine Art Painting and Photography background and with many years working in local schools, she now enjoys teaching school groups alongside developing her own work.
She finds the many possibilities of printmaking exciting and is drawn in particular to monoprints and photopolymer prints, although uses other printmaking techniques too.
Karina got her first taste of printing when studying at Norwich School of Art many years ago, where she created several large abstract screen prints during her foundation course. She then studied for a degree in 3-Dimensional Design in silversmithing at Camberwell School of Art and Craft in London where her work and practice explored the relationships and tensions between form, function and decoration. After spending time raising a family and working as a specialist Early Years Advisory Teacher in Norfolk, she completed the Advanced Certificate in Printmaking course at The Curwen Print Study Centre in 2013 and then the subsequent follow-on course on further printmaking.
Karina has a small studio in south Norfolk where she lives and where she continues to develop her practice as an artist and printmaker. Her work falls in to 2 strands: using techniques such as photolithography and polyester plate lithography, Karina explores the construction of identities and stories within environments, investigating the on-going dialogue between places and people, to narrate experiences ; secondly, using the relief techniques of lino and woodcut, she pursues her deep interest in playing with the components of decoration – shape, colour, line, order and disorder, repetition and juxtaposition. Karina enjoys working in the studio as both a tutor and technician and she values the opportunities offered, when supporting adults and young people, to share skills, experiment with techniques, to play with ideas and to participate in such a wonderful diverse range of courses.
Susie Turner initially trained and worked as an illustrator, liaising with design groups and publishers, before pursuing her interest in Fine Art Printmaking. Susie studied Fine Art Printmaking at Cambridge School of Art and Camberwell College of the Arts. Based in Cambridgeshire she regularly runs educational creative workshops in fine art printmaking from her studio and on outreach. Over the last twelve years Susie has helped raise the profile of printmaking as a medium for learning by sharing her skills and knowledge with school children, art students, teachers, community groups, museums & galleries, and adults of all abilities. As well as supporting the development of artists’ ideas through print, Susie is very keen to promote ‘participation in the arts’ as a preventative and rehabilitative experience.
Susie has worked in collaboration with Arts and Minds and the National Trust, as part of a ‘Children in Need’ funded project, ‘Inside Out’. Over twelve weeks she devised and delivered a number of participatory workshops for children and their families resident at the NHS Croft Child and Family Unit, Ida Darwin Hospital, in Cambridge. These workshops took place outside, in a woodland wildlife discovery area owned by the National Trust. As part of a residency that followed, at National Trust, Susie worked alongside staff and volunteers learning how to maintain habitats for wildlife and helping engage people with nature in a creative way. During her residency Susie led workshops for adults and children with special needs, on behalf of Rowan Humberstone, Eddies (Cambridgeshire Mencap) and Granta Special School, Linton.
Over the last four years Susie has delivered participatory workshops, on behalf of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, for students and teachers at William Knibbs Complimentary Education. These workshops take place at a forestry commission site within Fermyn Woods, in Northamptonshire. Susie has also worked as a tutor and workshop leader for the Curwen Print Study Centre, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Leicester Print Workshop, Red Hot Press, University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum.
Susie is a member of the Printmaker’s Council. She regularly exhibits and sells her work both locally and nationally. Recent exhibitions include Small Print International Touring Exhibition 2016-17, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, City of London Barbican Centre Library, 50 years of Printmakers Council at New Ashgate Gallery and Bankside Gallery, London, LOOP at Bankside Gallery, University College London Hospital, and Nuffield Health, Cambridge Hospital.
Patsy Rathbone is a Cambridge based artist working primarily in screen printing and textiles. She trained as a fine artist at the Cambridge School of Art, gaining a BA (first) and MFA (Distinction).
Her practice explores the home as a site for art production. Utilizing embedded meaning and our historical connections to household objects as material, her work creates subtle shifts in our relationships to them. Her prints always begin with drawings, developing into complex repeats appearing as decorative patterns from a distance, which on closer inspection reveal unexpected imagery. For more information please visit www.homeofrathbone.co.uk
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2008, Borrington co-founded the Dekkle Fine Art Print Studio in Baldock, Hertfordshire, with his wife Louisa.
He specialises in Etching and drawing, and has been appointed honourable artist at King's College London, as well as the honourable artist of the Lawful Government of Hawaii. Borrington's keen interest in education and conserving traditional techniques, underpins his practice.
He was introduced to Curwen by John Mills in the spring of 2016, where he hopes to bring many new ideas to the Study Centre.