Nell Smith produces intricate drawings, lino and screen prints. Drawings begin regimented, gridlike, and then develop organically and instinctively. Taking inspiration from nature, drawing, and the labour behind hand-made work, she enjoys exploring traditional techniques, and the repetitive nature of printmaking.
This body of work began in the Summer of 2014, when a growing curiosity and desire to explore the boundaries of drawing as a practice became stronger. Large scale drawings were made in her studio, taking a playful approach to disassembling geometric shapes and enjoying the physicality of making such large pieces of work, free from the constraints of making work to sell.
Nell also runs a small business from Manchester Craft and Design Centre, where she designs and prints unisex baby clothing for cool kids. She has had a studio here since 2008, and also teaches and runs workshops. Highlights include working as Associate Lecturer at UCLAN and as Lead Designer on the V&A funded ‘Design For Life’ project. nellsmithprints.com
In 2014 she became a member of Hot Bed Press printmaker’s studio in Salford. In 2016 she was awarded the David Cantor Memorial Award from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, allowing her to undertake the Complete Letterpress Printmaker course, which will be an exciting addition to her practice.