Printmaker Fran Gordon is our latest edition to the team at Bookblock. Having studied Communication Design at the Glasgow School of Art (and specialising in Illustration), Fran’s work explores collage and print, often moving between digital and traditional printmaking methods.
Fran’s sketchbooks show a keen interest in playful visual language and narrative. An avid collector of discarded books, she is always on the hunt for interesting images to use as material.
Fran told us ‘I don’t usually know what image I’m looking to find, but that’s what I really love about the process of collage, I can stumble across narratives, colours or worlds that wouldn’t usually collide.’
She uses these found books in a very simple way; with the aid of the humble photocopier she copies, rescales and inverts to play with the possibilities of the image, much like the process of printmaking itself. Through layering and manipulating imagery, she creates collages that embrace the materiality of physical print.
Fran has been involved in some interesting projects this year. Participating in Swab Stairs Barcelona, she designed a print of a dystopian city that immersed a busy metro station entrance in the heart of the city. Fran has also been exploring the 3D elements of her work, recently completing a residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, where she created a series of ceramic pieces and prints submerged in silicone. We’re looking forward to seeing what Fran get ups to this year as she completes her MA in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. You can view more of her work here… frangordon.co.uk
Welcome to the team, Fran!