inkylinky by Liz Samways
Etched jewellery inspired by printmaking and the landscape
I’m a Yorkshire-based jeweller and printmaker, working primarily in etched silver and copper but recently expanding into other metals too.
I use printmaking techniques to create wearable, accessible jewellery pieces and metal pictures. Where appropriate, I like to add limited colour using traditional materials – patination recipes, enamels, sepia ink and varnishes.
Jewellery and printmaking inspire each other through markmaking, layering and combining effects and techniques, most recently combining collaged print pieces with etched aluminium. My work is illustrative, dark, spontaneous, experimental, and textural, inspired by the materials and techniques I use, as well as by the landscape as seen through the train window, aerial views, maps and garden design plans. Other influences include Samuel Palmer, contemporary and mid-century printmakers and surface pattern designers.
My work is sold in galleries and shops around the country, and I have taken part in exhibitions at the The Craft Centre & Design Gallery in Leeds, and the North York Moors Visitors Centre ('Dark Skies' 2018, and solo exhibition 2019). Price range £27 - £295 RRP.
I have a degree in Art History from Leeds University and qualifications in horticulture and garden design. Over the past 20 years I have learned through evening classes, numerous workshops in a variety of specialist jewellery and printmaking techniques, informal learning through a local network of colleagues, and a lot of experimentation of my own, which I have blogged about and continue to find the most enjoyable part of my practice.