Visiting the LAF artists: Greta Hansen – printmaker
Last Friday I went up to Stowmarket to make my ninth Festival artist visit, to Greta Hansen, who is a printmaker. Greta uses wood cut and lino cut techniques to make her prints, and will also be showing a few collographs.
Greta has a lovely studio, very well converted from her former garage. It houses her two presses, and a variety of prints in every stage of completion: some framed on the walls, and some drying on the work surfaces, waiting for the addition of further layers of ink, and more stashed away in fitted cupboards.
Her subject is landscape, particularly woodland and trees. She said she likes to add a distant animal or figure sometimes to bring the scene to life. She uses a lovely range of soft natural colours, working in a very tonal way. The detail she adds to her work draws the viewer in to examine the print closely.
Greta is a relatively new member of the Suffolk Craft Society – we saw her work first at their exhibition at the Peter Pears Gallery last summer – and Greta has an online presence on their website www.suffolkcraftsociety.org