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