Chantelle at Frame of Mind has been framing Heather’s work for over 20 years. They have built a strong relationship over the years both professionally and personally.
“I have always loved Heather’s fluent style of printmaking. Her works have such a confident and painterly line making monotypes one of my favourite styles of printmaking. Her ‘Still Life’ work is anything but still, they contain so much energy it is a joy to look at.” – Chantelle Harding, Owner
Raised in West Vancouver, Heather Aston graduated with honours in Printmaking from the Vancouver School of Art (Now Emily Carr University). She works out of the Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC and paints out of her home studio.
In her printmaking she produces mostly monotypes (just one) and drypoint etchings (usually an edition of 6 or 7).
This print “Laundry Day in Umbria” is called a ‘liftprint’ which is a monotype; hence the edition number 1/1.
To quote Heather “I love to draw so liftprints are a natural progression for me as an artist. The imagery is drawn from specimens in my garden, my travels, the market and everyday household objects. As a printmaker I admit to a strong sense of immediacy which lends itself well to this medium. The result is a balance between the image and technique.”
Heather explains how this technique is done. “The colour is hand printed on top of the liftprint and then chine colléd to a heavier paper through the aid of a manual press. Chine collé (tissue glue) is a process I learned, while studying in Florence, Italy, that marries fine papers to heavier paper permanently with rice glue and a press.”
Each print is ‘one of a kind’ and all the materials used to produce it and the matting are acid-free and archival quality. These matted originals are available for sale at Frame of Mind, come by to view in person.