“Dorset's wildlife, coast and countryside are at the heart of my printmaking.”
Poole Printmakers, founded in 1991, is a co-operative of artists, both professionals and beginners, who create a rich diversity of artwork that includes etchings, lithography, letterpress, lino-cuts, woodblock and silkscreen prints. Rebecca is part of the open access studio which encourages lively sharing of inspiration, ideas and skills among members.
Who are you, and can you describe your artistic practice? Your medium(s), themes, projects.
My name is Rebecca Drury and I am a printmaker. My primary medium is traditional linocut, producing both reduction and single layer relief prints.
Where did your art journey start? What made you pursue or even fall in love with your practice?
I made my first linocut as a teenager, but I really started printmaking ten years ago. I learned to print at the St Barnabas Press and Curwen Press in Cambridge. Then, when I moved back to Dorset, I joined Poole Printmakers, which is a membership-led cooperative with a wonderfully welcoming community of printmakers. Printmaking is really accessible, and I love the endless versatility it offers.
What are your inspirations? Is there something about Dorset in particular that inspires you?
Dorset's wildlife, coast and countryside are at the heart of my printmaking. Growing up on the Purbeck coast gave me a fascination and love for the natural world which inspires my prints and also led me into a career in wildlife conservation. Even when I was based in Cambridge, my prints focused on Dorset scenes. Likewise, despite working in international conservation with a focus on species trafficked globally such as pangolins and tigers, my printmaking mostly focuses on species and habitats I can observe in Dorset.
How has this pandemic affected or influenced your practice? This can be positive or negative. Has it taken you in any new directions in your life and practice?
I have a busy job and a young family. With the endless stream of children's birthday parties, swim classes and play dates put on hold due to the pandemic, I found that I had more time for printmaking. As a result, I now have a steady stream of new work - and more ideas than I have time to turn into print. I am now selling my work both online and through local galleries.
How have you adapted to showing your art online and through social media this year?
I have set up my own website (see below) which will be launched during Dorset Arts Weeks. I am also showcasing my work on my Instagram account @RebeccaDruryPrints.
Is there a piece of work that you are particularly excited to be showcasing this year?
I am excited to release my new print 'Spring Hedgerow'. This weaves together blackthorn blossom, celandine, a wren, bee and rare black oil beetle that we saw on a walk to Chapman's Pool earlier this spring. I It took very many hours to carve as it is very detailed, but I really enjoyed making it. I am also working on a reduction print of Durdle Door, which should also be ready to share soon. What are you most looking forward to in the future of your work and life after this last year? Unexpectedly, the pandemic has given me the opportunity to focus more on my art. Printmaking can be very mindful, and it has also been a valuable focus through these uncertain times. Now that lockdown is easing, I intend to make sure that I can continue to make time for making prints.
Rebecca is showing with Poole Printmakers who are exhibiting online only this year on the DAW directory and across their social media platforms and website.
Visit Poole Printmakers venue page on the DAW Directory | Here
Visit the Poole Printmakers website | Here
View more of Rebecca’s work on her Instagram @RebeccaDruryPrints | Here
or her website I Here