ARTIST: Barry Tottle & Lizzie Ginbey
EXHIBITION DATE: September/October 2016
STYLE OF WORK: Print – lino cutting, collograph, wood block, etching & screen
STUDIO LOCATION: Hambridge
By day Barry & Lizzie are graphic designers and founder/directors of the design and digital marketing agency Teapot Creative, but for the last year or so they have been attending a weekly print making class in the nearby market town of Langport.
The collection of pieces on show – ‘Ink & Misdemeanours’ – are all works they have produced using a variety of print methods during these classes at For Every Cloud under the tutelage of former Sugar Cube exhibitor, Donna Vale.
Trained back in the 1990s in graphic design in both Edinburgh and North Somerset, Barry & Lizzie came together to form the now 17 person strong design and digital marketing agency back in 2010. Originally based above Lizzie’s garage in the village of Fivehead, they moved their fledgling agency to Bowdens Farm in 2011 before eventually settling in their courtyard studio. Shortly after this the Sugar Cube Gallery was opened.
As designers they spend a large part of each day working on projects for clients but both felt that they needed a creative outlet purely for themselves. The collection of work they produced for this exhibition covers a range of print making styles and subjects including landscape, travel, wildlife, architecture, folklore, pets (Barry’s beloved black Labrador) and horses. No clear theme just a combination of their interests and passions.
Each piece was created over a number of sessions and show the duos design skill and growing mastery of the techniques used. It is clear for all to see that relaxing in a friendly class and enjoying the stress free environment with no pressure to deliver a design brief has done the trick for they have produced a collection to be proud of. Fun and reflective, the works are an interesting addition to the gallery.
All of the prints are available framed, unframed or as cards. The exhibition is open until the end of October 2016.