How and why did the collaboration with Kelling Designs come about and how did the concept come together?
The medium of etching that I work in is very monochrome, and since following Kelling Design interiors palette getting more and more colourful, my urge to bring colour into my work was getting greater. After creating a new collection in 2019 for my Grandy Art solo show in London, I now had a foundation of work to add colour too, so approaching Kelling Designs was a must. We never looked back.
What has inspired the works in the collaboration?
Kelling designs use of colour through out their interiors collection inspired me to look into colour, working with the team at KD, we colour matched their iconic colours in ink for me to use on my etchings. From looking at the artworks in situ above the furniture, really show how Art & Interiors work in harmony together.
How long does each work take?
Referencing the Moon Butterflies with yellow as an example, the butterflies are all etched onto a single piece of copper plate 31 inch in diameter, this process involves hours and hours of engraving the subject using a sharp tool, with only one chance of getting it right so the composition of the individual butterflies is vital. From here I apply etching ink to the plate and then place a sheet of damp paper over the inked copper plate, then I run it through a very high pressured printing press that prints an impression of ink onto the paper. The final finishing touch is the diamond dust which is added through the process of screen printing, done at Jealous Studios in London.
The Moon Series, created while in isolation between March and June of this year. We had such amazingly clear spring skies, I became fascinated by the Moon. Away from the pressure of daily routine and commitments, I had time and space. It was so completely different, I suddenly had an opportunity to create a totally new piece of work, The Moon became my subject. Created in exactly the same process as the Moon Butterflies, though printing using white ink on black paper. And then finally the Swarovski crystals applied individually by hand after.