James Green Printworks

James Green is a man of many talents. Not only is he the front-man of Sheffield-based folk ensemble Big Eyes Family Players, but he’s also an extremely talented print artist, and it’s his art that I want to tell you all about.

Despite studying Fine Art as part of his degree, James only started making prints a few years ago, when he found some old lino and cutting tools and decided to give the whole printing thing a whirl. Since then, he’s been producing his lovely prints for sale and various art projects and workshops around Sheffield.

Working mainly in lino-cut (which basically means transferring his drawing to a piece of lino, cutting out the white space and printing the resulting image either by hand or with a press), James’ prints have a simple and direct quality that makes them very appealing, using just two or three colours to create extremely striking images. Because he only has so much control over which way the ink decides to go, the prints also have an unpredictable air, with every one differing form the next. Nature is one of his more popular themes, as are cityscapes and all are clearly produced with the same delicate care and attention.

As well as his prints (which he also produces as posters and greeting cards) James has also created artwork for record sleeves, including albums by James Yorkston, Farina and Circle Records and in 2008 was commissioned by Paul Smith Menswear to create two t-shirt designs for sale in their Japanese stores.

To find out more about James’ work and his latest projects, please visit his blog. You can buy his work via his store on Folksy

– Georgie

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About Georgie Beardmore

I’m Georgie, a Creative Writing masters student at the University of Sheffield. As might be expected from someone who studies creative writing, I love writing (I write a lot -seriously, a lot), and write a variety of fiction and non-fiction things for various online and printed publications. As well as fiction, I most enjoy writing about music, the arts and student living, but I've also written things about living abroad, travel and local projects and events, as well as waffling about whatever takes my fancy on my blog. I am also heavily involved in student radio; I've been part of Forge Radio (the University of Sheffield's student radio station) for nearly four years now, helping run the station over the last two first as Secretary and then as Assistant Station Manager. Every week I present my own weekly specialist folk music show 'What The Folk?' (the show is as pun-filled as its name would suggest), on which I aim to promote new and exciting folk musicians from across the UK, and this year I've also been a part of organising some gigs as part of 'Forge Presents...', Forge Radio's series of live music events. I'm incredibly passionate about both music and the arts, and so am really excited to be part of the Born In Britain campaign and the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent both Sheffield and the UK has to offer.

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