Ruth Thomas is a contemporary printmaker based in North Wales. She is pleased to be back in a rural environment, surrounded by and still discovering new natural materials for her work. They provide a means for her to engage with the landscape around her, rather than depict it in a more conventional way.
She comments, “I've been making my work for over thirty years now, since I graduated in 1985 with a degree in Fine Art. Then I concentrated on painting, collage, and drawing. My work has changed over the years and since the early 1990s, I've called myself a printmaker. I have made etchings, screenprints, and drypoints but the process which allows me to express myself best is collagraph. A collagraph is a print from a collage, particularly an intaglio print. Virtually any materials can be used as long as they are fairly flat - fabrics, papers, threads, carborundum - and these days I mostly use found natural materials. I also take direct impressions from these objects without making a plate to create monoprints.”
Ruth gets huge satisfaction from sharing printmaking skills with others. She has taught part-time in Further and Higher Education, lead workshops and undertook artist residencies in schools, galleries, and community centres. She has also exhibited her work all over the country, as well as overseas, including the USA, France, and Spain.
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