Louise Bird

Analysing the beauty and complexity of nature and examining the many life cycles found in the natural world has always been the main objective in my work. The study of insects, predominantly bees and butterflies, has been a major influence on my prints, analysing their language, habitat and behaviour from a scientific perspective before producing artwork. I produce prints using many different processes and recently have been specialising in mezzotint. Mezzotint is a method of working an image into copper which has been stippled with many dots. I use a burnishing tool to polish away the dots to reveal the image. I have also been working on a series of layered monoprints with painting and drawing, based on butterflies in their natural habitat. Since obtaining my BA Hons in Fine Art Printmaking at the Norwich School of Art & Design, I have exhibited regularly as well as lectured part-time, on the subject of printmaking.

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