River Head

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Calling herself a cutting and sticking fanatic River Jade makes delicate prints and illustrations, where people become shapes, and twist in and upon each other into intricate patterns.

Recently graduated from Brighton University in Fine Art, and specialising in print making, she was featured in the FBA Futures exhibition in which the Federation of British Artists showcases the most promising degree show work from across the country. We love her for her playful prints with an Eastern twist, and a little bit because she refers to boring people as magnolia.

How would you describe what you do?
Creating patterns, scenarios and snippets is what I do best. My work is bold, voyeuristic, and most defiantly cheeky at times. Using traditional print methods with new laser technology I playfully create images that revolve around people and moments in time.

What do you feel is the most important thing about your work?
Without a doubt, for me it’s all about the process. I have net a lot of printmakers in the last few years and most of them think I am mad, I singularly print each figure, through a press, so I can create the image as I go….. There is never really a plan. Of course if I think an image is strong, I will recreate with another figure. But at the beginning it was just the woodcuts, the press and I.

What keeps you motivated to create, and keep creating work?
The fear, becoming magnolia, a sheep, having  a 9-5 job. All of these things terrify me.

Where do you see your work heading in the next twelve months?
At the moment I am working on my designs for my lampshade company. Hopefully, they will be ready within the next 6 months. So I hope to have them on the shelves in 12 months time.

Who, what, where or how do you get your first inspirations?
The people I am surrounded by, not just friends, but strangers too.

What has been your biggest success, or source of pride?
I have been in a fare few big exhibitions… but I think the biggest sense of pride is knowing that people have bought my work and they enjoy it in their homes everyday.

What do you think are the important issues facing yourself, and your industry at the moment?
Everybody I know is broke, for some, art isn’t a necessity… So the challenge is making it one for everyone.

Have any relationships, friendships, business or otherwise, been significant in shaping your work as it is now?
All of my art is in some way is autobiographical, however, my tutor in college got me into printing and taught me so much that I have to give him credit.

What is your favourite word?
I have tried to search the depths of my imagination however I literally don’t have a clue.

What would you do with the perfect Sunday afternoon?
I’m a traditional Cornish girl, I would have a cider in one hand and a pasty in the other (or a roast, or fish and chips) sitting in the sun with friends…. Oh and maybe a car boot in the morning, I love finding gems.

And finally, who should Corinne& be profiling next?
Sophie Giblin, Founder of Kollektiv Gallery.

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