Evelyn Polk

Freelance Artist

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My work is centred around the found object, but this also overlaps with notions of excavation and the land. Acting like a mediator, selecting and presenting items for the consideration of the viewer. The process of how I work is dictated by the objects I find and this is where I find inspiration and the journey of creating. Museums are a strong influence as museums can live in our cupboards and imaginations, awaiting their moment of arrival. Printmaking is a strong factor in my work where I try to push the boundaries of printmaking to a new refreshing approach which is often thought to be a very traditional medium. This discipline is often collaged and mixed with painting/drawing/sewing/assemblage. The desire to truly understand our relationship with objects through a cross disciplinary approach is my focus as an artist.

Mixed media collage

A mixture of printmaking, textile and photography images, sewn together.

Printmaking Classes

Mono printing, etching, dry point printing and Lino printing and collagraph classes available, see classes tab at the top of the page for more information. 

Rust dying

Blog

Weekly entries about being an artist and helpful hints and tips

My First Blog Entry

5th January 2022

Mounting

Hi there, this is very exciting as I start this new blog where I can share with you ideas about my work, how I go about making and creating and useful tips about buying, presenting and placing artworks. 

My first entry is about how I mount my artwork. It can be difficult to know how to mount and frame when you buy an unframed piece and the choices are endless. But I'd like to share with you what I prefer to do.

The space around the edges can be equally as important as the actual artwork itself, so it's important that this is taken into account when creating. 

I like a wide white border around my work, which allows the artwork to breath. I allow this when creating or I add it on afterwards in the form of a window mount or I float the artwork onto a backing board. I prefer white because the neutrality does not distract your eye away from the image but this does not always apply, it really depends on the art itself.  

It is important to use acid free mounting tape as regular tapes can discolour the artwork over time. Only tape the artwork at the top so it hangs within the frame or sandwiched between a window mound and backing board. 

I hope this is helpful to you and can put this advice to use when purchasing artwork yourself. 


My Second Blog Entry

12th Jan 2022

Lino Cutting tools

This week I wanted to share with you my experience with Lino cutters. There are several options on the market and most will do the job well, but like most things some are better than others.

When I teach Lino printing classes I use the Essdee set you can buy from most art shops or online. The set comes with a set of blades and a handle. There are Lino cutter handles that are entirely plastic but the Esddee handle has a metal piece where the blades sits in which you unscrew to change the blade. This adds extra durability as the plastic ones tend to crack over time. 

The blades do become blunt after some use to when you are finding that the lino becomes hard to cut and you have warmed the Lino but are still having problems then it's time to change the blade. Blades can be purchased in mixed sets or in set of the same size. I have discovered the safety blade, style A which is a great blade for a fine outing line and is designed to not cut into the Lino too deep.

When I create Lino cuts for myself I like to use a set of Japanese wood carving tools, which comes with a handy sharpening stone, you can purchase this from https://intaglioprintmaker.com/ I like how this set fits in my hand and I'm able to control the marks and lines I make. 

But of course it depends on the individual and what works for you. There are Lino cutting tool sets that are in the higher price range but to be honest I haven't felt the need to purchase them. 

My Third Blog Entry

19th Jan 2022

Cropping

This week I'd like to write about cropping work which is something I do quite often, it's a great way of tidying up art pieces or if you want to home in and focus on a particular area. Even changing the square or rectangle shape which is most common for artworks can give your work a completely new perspective to how it looks. Just recently I've cropped my seascapes to a circle shape which I love and radically changes the way you look at the work. This can be done by physically cutting the work or by using the mount cut to size. Giving yourself this cropping option frees you up from having to be consumed with keep the edges tidy or constraining you to keeping within a boundary.


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