Artist Dawn Cole works mainly using printmaking techniques. Her approach to printmaking can be seen as an exploration of the very nature of print; repetition, reversal, layering, transparency, opacity, texture, impression, process, presentation and display. Every idea, technique, material and means of display are carefully researched to ensure that each has a significance and relevance in the completed works. Dawn works mainly using paper but for her latest project, Resting Place, has been using textiles and specifically pillowcases.
Since 2008 Dawn has been making work in response to a family archive belonging to her Great Aunt, Clarice Alberta Spratling. Clarice was a young woman, who volunteered as a VAD Nurse in 1915 and was posted to France where she served for the duration of WW1. Her archive contains her diary and photographs, all relating to her time in France, a handwritten notebook containing her recipes and knitting patterns for lace plus personal documents.
Following a trip to Wimereux War Graves Cemetry, where all the men who died in the hospitals in Wimereux during ww1 were buried, Dawn began researching and developing her latest project and body of work; Resting Place.
Following a successful application to Arts Council England for a Research and Development Grant Dawn is now Artist in Residence at London Printworks Trust where she is currently experimenting and researching the use of Devore techniques to produce a new body of work and will also be running a heat press workshop and hosting an Afternoon Tea Party, serving cakes made from Clarice’s original recipes.
To read more about Dawn’s project www.embroiderthetruth.wordpress.com