Ella Tutton

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I am a Hampshire artist specialising in screen printing. I first started screen printing whilst studying for my A level art at Peter Symonds College in Winchester. It is a technique that really inspired me and I used it in my final piece for my A level.

I find myself heading towards 30 and after trying out a number of possible careers have returned back to the art that I love.

Taking the plunge to try and make a living out of creating, I decided to take down the tiny garden shed I had started working in and build a new log cabin that faces out into the garden. It is now a lovely space to be creative in.

My artwork starts with my own photography . I love taking pictures of the natural environment and use this to create my artwork. Screen printing is all about building up layers of colour to create the picture. Each of these layers has its own stencil that is hand drawn on acetate. These are then transferred onto a screen using a photosensitive emulsion. When the screens are all prepared I mix the paint and push it through the screen, using a squeegee onto the paper. I start with the lightest colour first, building up to the darkest.

For each print run I aim to create limited additions of up to 20 prints. All are handmade, meaning no two pieces will be exactly the same. I am keen to be as environmentally friendly as I can, printing on 100% recycled card/paper and using British suppliers where ever possible.

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