About

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Nell Smith is an illustrator and printmaker working from a studio at Hot Bed Press in Salford. Her work joyfully and playfully explores intuition and chance. Using the marks made in analogue techniques to create a dynamic aesthetic she investigates painterly mono screenprinting, the labour behind hand-made work and the physicality of printmaking. Combining these techniques she develops contemporary, expressive compositions with an uplifting use of colour. She graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2003, with a BA Hons in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design.

Nell is an affiliate maker at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, having set up her practice there in 2008, after completing an MA in Textiles at Manchester School of Art. She also takes on commissions, 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.  Being part of Women in Print for the National Trust was a fantastic opportunity for Nell, exhibiting alongside talented women artists from the North.

She became a member of Hot Bed Press printmaker’s studio in 2014. In 2016 she was awarded the David Cantor Memorial Award from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. This gave her the opportunity to undertake the Complete Letterpress Printmaker course, an exciting addition to her practice.

In 2020 she was awarded an a-n Time Space Money bursary, funded by the Arts Council, and won the Handprinted prize from PrintFest Ulverston.

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Contact Nell via the following means:

Address: Studio 14, Hot Bed Press, Salford, Cow Lane, M5 4NB

Facebook: facebook.com/nellsmithprints

Instagram: instagram.com/nellsmithprints

Twitter: @nellsmithprints

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