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An Interview with Iain Perry

Written by May Haddon | Posted on: January 17, 2015

Hi, I’m May, I’m blogging regularly for Bluecoat Display Centre featuring exhibiting artists as well as up and coming artists whom I am interested in. My focus for this blog is printmaker Iain Perry.

I was initially drawn to Iain’s work by the vibrant typography and graphic imagery that he uses. I like the way he creates patterns with the words by overlapping and placing them, which creates a colourful and uplifting image.

Iain Perry’s work will be featuring in the up coming exhibition ‘Craft Goes Pop!‘ at the Bluecoat display centre, which runs from Saturday 24th January 2015 – Saturday 7th March 2015.

Below is my recent interview with Iain Perry, where he gives an insight into his work and his inspiration:

“I mainly screenprint using waterbased inks onto paper, designing my stencils using a mix of digital design, manipulated photography and drawing.

I had my garage at home fitted out into my studio space which is where I do most of my design work and printing. It’s the inspiration for the name of the business ‘Print Garage’ – a bit ‘W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G’ (what you see is what you get) but it felt important to me that the name meant something and wasn’t just a word plucked out of the air.

I also run screen print workshops at the gallery I run with my wife – Unit Twelve – www.unittwelve.co.uk

One of the things I enjoy most about my work is the tension between the design of the stencils and the actual printing of the images. The way the process works is each colour layer needs a separate stencil, printed as black onto acetate before being exposed onto a screen. Quite often the finished product is quite different from the imagined image. Even though it’s quite carefully planned in the early stages, the finished print might have changed considerably – different colours or a different order of printing. Bits might have been edited out or whole layers abandoned entirely.

I’m inspired by other screen printers like Kate Gibb and Sonnezimmer, I also really love Nigel Peakes drawings. I also take a lot of inspiration from music which tends to feed directly into my work, but also new ideas tend to emerge when listening to music or walking in the local forest.”

Check out these links to see more of Iain’s work:


Below is Iain Perry’s video ‘Squeegee Warrior’, which touches on his inspiration, how he started screen printing and how his ideas develop:



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