An Exhibition of Print | 2nd March – 1st April

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An Exhibition of Print with work from ten printmakers from across the region; opening on Thursday 2nd March in the Gallery Upstairs at designermakers21. Featuring work in a variety of printmaking disciplines including Linocut, Screenprinting, Letterpress, Monoprinting, Lithography, Wood Engraving, Etching and Cyanotype.

Running in conjunction with the exhibition will be ‘Print in Action’ on Saturday 11th March, a day of workshops and demonstrations of printmaking processes from the artists exhibiting.

Featuring work by:

Annette Rolston, Jacqui Petrie, Zelda Eady, Paul Sharrock, Rachel Wiles, Ni Gooding, Ed Mitchell-Finch, Helen Maxfield & Jenny Portlock.

Workshops with our Members

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB.

Saori Shed workshop graphic

Please contact the individual members if you are interested in attending a workshop.

Workshops offered in the studios by members –

Printmaking – Annette Rolston & Mike Fenton
Feltmaking – Janine Oxley
Mosaics – Joy Holden
Sewing and upcycling – Marie Mallen
Freestyle Saori weaving – The Saori Shed

Drawing & Painting – Birks Holden
Basic skills with hand tools – David Whatley Ceramics – Kate Welton

Textiles, Cyanotype Printing & Well-Being Workshops – Rachel Wiles

Printmaking – Paul Sharrock

The Upstairs workshop and exhibition space hosts a rotating calendar of events by external practitioners

Print In Action Saturday 27th July Itinerary

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@ THE CORN HALL – Lower Gallery


DEMONSTRATIONS 11am To 2.30pm. An opportunity to pull a colour through a small screen onto a partially completed screen-print prepared by Ni.

@ THE CORN HALL – Main Foyer


DEMONSTRATIONS 11am to 1.45pm then 2.30pm till 4pm. An opportunity to ‘have a go’ at selecting your very own lettering and print using their press. Charge £ 2.00 a go.

@ THE CORN HALL – Upper Gallery


DEMONSTRATIONS 11am to 1pm them 1.45 to 4pm. An opportunity to watch Celia ink up her small intricate lino blocks with water based inks and hand print them using a burnisher.

@ designermakers21 – in the Upstairs Exhibition Space

DEMONSTRATIONS AND ‘HAVE A GO’ – 11 am to 4pm – half hour break for lunch.


Zelda curates the Espacio Print Fair in London and is a part-time tutor at Curwen Press. She will be offering have a go sessions trying out linocut. She will have the use of a mobile press and the public can create their own linocut print to take away. A small charge of £3.00 to cover materials will be made.


Liz is Bungay based and participates in the Norwich Print Fair. She will offer drypoint using a special drypoint papercard technique and have access to a mobile printing press. The public can create a linear, tonal drypoint print to take away. A small charge of £3.00 to cover materials will be made.


Di will be demonstrating wood engraving and will have displays of her work and be available for questions. She also makes etchings, linocuts, collagraphs, and uses letterpress and is a bookbinder. Her work is in the Bircham Gallery in Holt.

@ designermakers21 – In Old Forge

DEMONSTRATIONS  11 am to 4pm – half hour break for lunch.


Marco will be demonstrating screenprint through the courtyard in The Old White Forge. People can watch or take part in a free have a go session. Marco was a screenprint tutor at London College of Print and is now a trustee of designermakers21 and runs screenprinting sessions with local schools and community groups.

@ designermakers21 – In Annette Rolston’s Studio


DEMONSTRATIONS 11 am to 4pm – half hour break for lunch. An opportunity to watch Jacqui and Heather at work using  a large format etching press.

Printmaking – linocut & mixed media

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB

Because of the Covid 19 outbreak it is not possible to run any workshops at the moment. Please contact Annette if you are interested in attending a workshop in the future.

2 day course, from 10.30 to 5pm – Price £165

This course covers linocut and mixed media printing. Students get to print onto fabric – linen, cotton, satin etc., to create several cushion cover fronts or wall-hangings. A calico shopping bag and a blank medium-sized silk scarf are also included to block print onto, along with half a dozen blank greetings cards and sheets of paper.

Annette teaches only two students each time who receive lots of individual tuition, and have plenty of scope to create and print several variations of their print blocks within the allotted time.

The aspects that have most delighted the students have been exploring the different marks made by the carving and engraving tools, the range of imagery possible and how to ink creatively and colourfully.

Many have discovered ‘jigsaw’ linocuts for the first time and produced multi-coloured images using one print block. They have explored painterly stencil prints onto fabric too, experimenting with impressions of leaves, grasses feathers and lace etc., combined with block-printing of linocut motifs. Almost all students aim to purchase their own tools and materials to continue printing at home, which Annette gives guidance on plus suppliers lists.

Annette provides all materials – lino, vinyl, carving tools, drill, inks, rollers, printing press, paper, fabric (linen, cotton, satin), calico shopping bag, silk scarf, 6 greetings card blanks. Teas, coffees, biscuits are also provided. She has recommendations for local accommodation if needed.

Printmaking – linocut 1 day course

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At 21 St Nicholas Street, Diss IP22 4LB

Because of the Covid 19 outbreak it is not possible to run any workshops at the moment. Please contact Annette if you are interested in attending a workshop in the future.

Develop a linocut image, either A6 or A5 in scale.  Try out professional cutting tools, experiment with mark-making. Use traditional grey lino and a new softer vinyl.

Carve the image then print in black and white on paper through a printing press as well as learning hand printing techniques. Subsequently, print over a monoprinted background, then try over-printing in colour. Print several prints in the session, fabric off-cuts available as well as a selection of papers. Explore some colour inking, masking and layering techniques if time allows.

If you have any images that you would like to work with please bring them along, otherwise there will be images provided. Bring a packed lunch and an apron.

£75 per person, 10.30am to 4.30pm

Regular ongoing workshops for 1 or 2 people. Contact Annette Rolston to arrange days