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Janet Jordan

Janet Jordan is a painter and printmaker, and spends much of her time creating original and eye - catching etchings. Her work ranges from illustrative to abstract and her inspirations come from many sources, including poetry and the natural world. Janet Jordan lives and works in Somerset, England, and attended the Somers. et College of Art from 1970 - 1972. She obtained a B.A. in Fine Art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1972 - 1975. The artists she admires include Gustav Klimt, Georgia O'Keefe and the anonymous painters of Ancient Egypt. She also has an interest in textile art and wrote her thesis on "Tapestry".

Much of my work uses the natural world for inspiration, but often in a quirky way. Recently, I have become interested in combining text with Images so that they become an integrated whole, In much the same way that William Blake did with his 'Songs of Innocence and Experience'. I spend most of my time making etchings, which 1 find the most exciting and sometimes unpredictable medium! Once I have made an etching plate, 1 produce prints using different colours and with a variety of paper: some of these I also hand-paint. Some designs work so well when hand-coloured that they only exist in this form and because new colours are mixed for each one, they are In effect 'originals'. My work has been Belling regularly for the last six years from a variety of galleries and exhibitions-see my CV. for more details.

Solo Exhibitions:

1994 Lawrie Hopkins Gallery, Sherbourne.

1996 Kings of Wessex Centre, Cheddar.

1996 The Drill Hall, London WC1.

1997 The Radlett Centre, Radlett, Hertfordshire.

1997 The Hexagon, Reading, Berkshire.

1998 Waterstones Bookshop, Taunton.

1999/2000 The Hexagon, Reading, Berkshire.

Group Exhibitions:

1994 Jelly Leg'd Chicken Arts Gallery, Reading.

1994 Jelly Leg'd Chicken Arts Gallery, Reading.

1995 Northband Gallery, Highbury.

1995 Jelly Leg'd Chicken Arts Gallery, Reading.

1995 Northbank Gallery, Highbury.

1996 Taunton Library (Somerset Art Week).

1997 Taunton Library

1998 Taunton Library (Somerset Art Week).

The etching process:

Etching is a traditional printing process used by artists such as Durer and Rembrandt, and It has changed very little over the centuries. A metal plate (zinc Or Coppper) 15 first heated arid then coated with a ground - a mixture of beeswax, bitumen and resin. The design is then drawn on the ground using all etching point or a similar tool (even flails can be used!). The design will be printed in reverse, so any letters or numbers must be drawn back-to-front. When the design is complete, the whole plate is put into an acid solution. The metal that has been exposed by the drawn lines Is bitten by the acid. Bubbles which form while the acid is working are brushed off with a goose feather to allow further exposure. The longer the plate is in the acid, tile stronger and deeper are the resulting lines. Other processes such as aqua-tinting can also be used at this stage to give extra texture, and parts of the plate can be stopped out with varnish to retain very fine lines. When the bite is complete, tile plate is removed from the acid, rinsed thoroughly and then the ground is removed with white spirit. The plate now has the drawing etched on to it and is ready to be printed. Ink is applied to the plate arid then rubbed off, leaving the etched lines filled with ink. The plate is covered with a piece of damp etching paper and put through a press (which resembles a large manglel). The pressure pushes the paper down over the plate arid squeezes the ink from the grooves onto tile paper. The paper is carefully peeled back to reveal the finished etching. Because each print is individually inked and printed, they may vary slightly.