Deborah made the matrix for these collagraphs from dried plant material and straw embedded in a medium. These are glued and sealed, before being inked up and printed using the intaglio and relief processes. Deborah was inspired by delicate and subtle colour, sunlight, texture of an ancient wall, and the fragility of rose petals. Deborah has contrasted opaque ink with transparent glazes embossing the black Somerset paper and Japanese papers were applied using the Chine-collé process.
The Gossamer Series has a reflective, calming quality giving scope for the pensive viewer to reflect and contemplate form, colour and texture. The series was inspired by High Cross House, Dartington, which was designed by the architect William Lescaze.
I made the square Collagraph plates from woven paper, (threads for the warp and rolled paper for the weft) which I sealed with a shellac varnish. They were printed using oil based inks onto velvety black Somerset paper with white Japanese paper applied using the Chine-collé process, creating beautiful subtle, opaque and transparent colours.