Every month we have a new local artist share their work with us in the cafe at our St Werburghs store. This month we have Alex Goodman, exhibiting until Fri 28th Feb.
All works are for sale by arrangement via phone or email on
I make relief prints carved out of wood, lino and collographs using plants. I print my designs on handmade paper, wood and silk. I came to printmaking through letterpress at Dartington College of Arts where I self-published poetry chapbooks with lino-cut illustrations. After graduating I became more excited by creating images that tell stories and celebrate nature. I find my inspiration in growing food and connecting with nature.
My most recent work has been exploring printing directly with seaweed, ferns and oak leaves onto Japanese paper. These prints site the plants in circles of ink echoing moons or planets. The colours hint at their habitats, the green of the forest, the blue of the sea and the sky. These prints mark a new way of working for me and I am excited to see where that takes me next.
My tree prints aim to tell stories. A lover who spends the winter hidden in a tree in the form of mistletoe. A bugle player whose music tempts a cherry tree into blooming early. ‘Every day the wolves of the forest chase the sun across the sky’ is taken from a story I wrote that follows a feral child born underneath an ash tree, a tree whose roots go so deep that it grows right through the centre of the earth and out the other end, forming another tree on the other side of the world. These prints each tell a story either from my own travels or inspired by folklore, my allotment, and connection to nature.