About Xtina

xtina lambI’m an artist and designer-maker living in Chatham and working in Rochester, north Kent. My main art medium is printmaking and book art, but I trained in fine art media and create works using a variety of techniques. Community engagement and public realm projects form a key part of my work too.

My name is pronounced ‘Christina’, I just spell it with an X.

I run Medway Fine Printmakers, a not-for-profit print studio giving the public access to an impressive range of artist-owned presses and printmaking equipment for paper and textile works. I collaborate with other artists on courses, events, projects, commissions and exhibitions and have built up a supportive community of printmakers.

I’m an accomplished screen printer and along with thermofax, Risograph and Gelli monoprinting, I teach screen printing classes frequently. I’m also the technician during open access sessions and have a good knowledge of all the printmaking methods employed at the studio including relief, intaglio, collagraph, photopolymer and heat press. In the past I was known for Print Gocco work.

In 2014 I founded INTRA, a friendly multi-disciplinary arts venue in Rochester where the print studio now lives. I’m responsible for the development and curation of creative workshops, events programme and studio management, marketing and communications, building audiences, policy making, and overall direction of the space.

Under the name Printed Wonders I make and print textiles and paper products featuring my illustrations. These include bags, home décor, stationery and wrapping paper. I also make bespoke vinyl stickers and wall / window décor created with an electronic cutter and custom ‘thermofax’ printing screens for people all over the world.

I was commissioned as the print artist on Medway Council’s Chatham Placemaking Project in 2016, spending six months exploring the patterns and stories of Chatham to make designs for regeneration works to the area between the train and bus stations.

I won one of four ‘Battle of Medway’ print commissions in 2017, leading to experimental gelli monoprints depicting the historic raid of Chatham by the Dutch in 1667. They were on show at Rochester Art Gallery as part of the council’s commemorations.

August 2017 saw the completion of an Arts Council funded project called Sick! Living With Invisible Illness. I was one of the artists featured and one of four organisers of the project, which comprised an exhibition, workshops and events. The project is now ongoing and we have delivered workshops for Wellcome Trust in London, and the Involving Medway project. We hope to tour the exhibition.

I completed a project called Songlines in the Outer Hebrides on the Isle of Lewis in September 2017, making commissioned work for an arts trail using sea plastic. The development of this work was also featured in an exhibition at No 34 Ideas Test.

In 2019 I started the Wave project, an arts club for young people at raised risk of suicide, with funding from Kent County Council and Medway Council (Saving Lives – Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund).

I love coming up with themed activities for adults and children at events and festivals indoors and out. I’ve worked with Medway Council, LV21, Cohesion Plus, Gravesham Arts, the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, Christies South Kensington, Kent Association for the Blind, The Barbican, Historic Royal Palaces, Clerkenwell Design Festival, Paint Jam London, The Huguenot Museum, Rochester Guildhall Museum, Rochester Cathedral and many more, inventing novel workshops from screen printing souvenir pennants to secret quill pen written letters wax sealed with handmade stamps. I’ve developed printmaking classes for independent schools and colleges including Haileybury, Kings Rochester, and Rochester Independent College, delivered creative projects in mainstream schools and run a regular print class with home educated children at INTRA.

4 thoughts on “About Xtina

  1. Hi there,

    My name is Louise Knight and I run The Wheels on Debussy (www.TheWheelsonDebussy.com). We usually run concerts for families but now we’re branching out to community and family arts workshops. I saw that you ran a work shop at Idea Test last Christmas and I’d love you to come and run one for us this year. I was thinking ‘make your own Christmas card/wrapping paper’ or ‘print your own Christmas Jumper’.

    We have a venue at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks and a few dates in December.

    Let me know if you’re interested or give me a call for a chat.

    Thanks
    Louise – 07813067228

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