Nature Study - Seasons is a quartet of screenprints, inspired by mid-century School Prints and vintage educational posters. Using watercolour studies of individual natural treasures, Kate develops a poster design with hand-drawn type. Colour separations are painted by hand on overlays to make a separate screen for each colour - usually 9 or 10 colours.
"I’ve always loved the simplicity and graphic quality of a good educational poster - like lovely cut away flower anatomy - stigma, stamen, pistil.... The intriguing colours created by over-printed layers are so delightful and subtle. With these in mind I set out to use my watercolour sketches from nature to design a series of silkscreen prints to capture the essence of the seasons.
I use my drawings as the start point carefully working out the colour separations in my head and by testing out ideas with watercolours. Then I hand draw each film carefully overlaying each one to ensure registration.
Each colour is created using a stencil drawn on film and exposed onto the screen. I use transparent inks so that colours are built up through the layers - there is an element of the unpredictable in every layer I print! The prints use 8 or 9 colours. I like to say that a little bit of missed registration adds to the charm and vibrancy of the print..."