Michael Atkin Printmaker
etcher - block printer - wood engraver
As well as purchasing limited edition prints from this website one can also arrange to visit the workhops (2) and the drawing studio .
Visitors are most welcome to view the workshops and the drawing studio where I work on a daily basis.
Artists tend to work on their own with little or no cantact with interested parties, I often deliver and collect from galleries and in the meantime have no contact with past or present collectors, so to meet someone who has taken the time and effort to arrange a visit is a most welcome experience.
The grand tour (as I call it) is a visit to the three places of work I have, the two workshops, one for etching the other for lino and surface printing and the drawing studio & store.
The two workshops
A converted greenhouse (11 x 5.5 metres in size) is located at the bottom of the garden (9 shallow steps) which is where all the messy work of creating limited edition etchings. A panoramic photograph of the workshop is at the top of this page. At the top of the garden in a stone buillt building houses the three platen presses I use for lino, letterpress and wood engraving.
The first press I bought is an 1889 Albion Platen press, made of cast iron its an metal version of the type of press that Caxton would have used in the 16th century. It's one heck of a best and weighs some 1.75 tons, made in Leeds on March 20th 1889. Three years later I purchased an etching press from Harry Rochat in London, the design is 1850's, again cast iron and weighing some .75 tons.
Several years later I purchased an 1896 Arab platen press from a printer who was relocating due to expiry of his lease who was located in basement workshop under a bookshop in Scarborough's Newborough. Another press that was to join my working museum being a table top Harrild & Sons Albion Platen Press from 1869, (greatly favoured by the Victorians). The more ornate Columbian press was added to the colection in 2015 and is housed alongside the two other platen presses.
Last but not least being an Adana 3 5 press, really a hobby printers press but quite reliable and fun to use.
As well as all the presses there is a lot of ancillory equipment: an aquatint box, plate cutter from 1896, nipping presses (2) book binding equipment, compositors desks (2), drying rack, rollers, and a hole host of other items associated with printmaking.
Drawing studio & store
The other building is a large wooden structure located half way up the garden with a grass roof. Once the prints have been editioned and dried; a process that can take up to three days. Then the completed work is moved up the garden and signed and titled and stored in several planchests. The building is well insulated and a dehumidifier is always on to reduce and dampness in the air. Several examples of finished work are ready framed and adorn the walls along with 'work in progress'.
To visit the workshop and drawing studio potential visitors are asked to email in the first instance and arrange an appointment date and time at which you would like to visit. Once an appointment has been agreed a map and directions will be included in the return email.
Open Studios 2019
For the last 16 years or more my workshop and studio has been opened over two weekends in June of each year as part of the North Yorkshire Open Studios Event as organised by Art Connections. Over 100 artists throughout North Yorkshire would throw open their studio doors. During the two weekends appointments have not been necessary just turn up and wander around. I usually give demonstraions throughout the day using some of my antique printing presses from the 19th century.
North Yorkshire Open Studios for 2019
The two weekends are:
1st - 2nd & 8th -9th June
10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
At alll other times an appointment is necessary
Or fill out the form below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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