My name is Peon Boyle and I am a printmaker! I pull prints by hand with a metal press and make all my work from items I have collected. I also run a company called Sussex Printmakers.

I always start my day looking through my laptop with a cup of rooibos tea. I check my emails and diary and make a to-do list and gradually work my way through it checking things off as I go. If I have a project on the go, I will work through the process step by step, but if not then I make sure to fill in my sketchbook. I am always making work!

I use many different printing processes, but my favourite has to be COLLOGRAPH. It is a very simple technique but it gives a rich textural result. My print classes offer both intaglio and relief printing; and for those of you who don’t know – INTAGLIO is where the image is cut into the material and the ink sinks in and RELIEF is printing from a raised image or texture.

I love processes and steps, and that is one of the mains reasons I love printmaking; there is a set format to follow and I just lose myself when printing and wiping the plates. I love the smell of the ink and the creamy texture, the way it moves. I also love all kinds of paper; thick and thin, and I like touching the surfaces and rugged edges.

I like working at Colonnade House because I love the character of the building, its convenience and location – it is so close to the centre of town! Aside from the facilities, the hub offers all kinds of training and workshops – there is always something happening, and the gallery space is a great place for exhibitions. It is also a bonus that the staff are very friendly and helpful.

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Photography by Richard Manders