Louise Scammell is a printmaker based in South Devon. She prints in her own studio in South Brent and teaches at Dartington Print Workshop.
Louise gathers ideas and inspiration for her work from walking on Dartmoor and from the South Devon coast where she dives, rows and fishes. She is happiest when she can translate her field sketches into prints. Copper, lino and wood and other materials are used to make plates and she enjoys the endless possibilities of mark making on the surface of the plates and the inevitable excitement of lifting the first print proof off the press - the start of a new edition . . .
Some of Louise’s small prints and cards can be bought from this website. The larger works that you can see in the site galleries can be viewed and purchased from (real!) galleries throughout the South West of England. Click below for links.
START BAY PROJECT
Start Bay in South Devon is home to a fishing community with its own distinctive expressions and language. This is a culture on the wane and Louise has set out to record and illustrate it before it disappears forever.
She has made sketches and recordings whilst out fishing and potting with fishermen in Start Bay and will be exhibiting a series of 20 printed images and phrases. There will also be a hand printed book exhibited at the Devon Guild Of Craftsmen in the Autumn of 2016.
'I wanted to make people aware that fishermen have their own vernacular and that their way of speaking is something to treasure . . . I see this as being an archival work as I am aware of change due to diminishing fish stocks and the average age of these fishermen. . . It’s a disappearing tradition that is worth archiving for future generations.'
To help fund this archival project, Louise has editioned 40 prints of ‘Luring’, one of the images from the project (below). They are 300 x 180mm and printed on 300gsm Somerset paper. These are on sale to the general public at £80 each inc p+p.
If you would like to make a donation to support this project, please click here.
1978 | Lincoln College | ‘Conservation and Restoration of Traditional Arts and Crafts’
1981-96 | Freelance graphic illustrator
1998 onwards | member and teacher at Dartington Print Workshop
Last 9 years | Workshops with Schools and Teachers in Devon
2015 | Joined the Devon Guild of Craftsmen 2015
1998 | Dartington Gallery
1999 to present | Devon Open Studios
1999 | Mixed media exhibition | Nagi Moca Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
1999 | Bartley Drew Gallery, London
1999 | Trees of Dartington | Dartington Hall
2000 to present | ‘off the peg’ | Dartington
2000 | The deep blue and beyond | Cove’s Quay Gallery, Salcombe
2000 | Harbour House, Kingsbridge
2002 - 5 | Surface to Abyss | Solo Exhibition | National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
2002 | Impressions (the art of the printmaker) | On the Wild Side Gallery, Malvern
2012 | Birds | Birdwood House
2013 | The working landscape | Birdwood House
2015 | Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition | Mall Galleries
2016 | Fur Feather and Fin | Birdwood House