Jewellery, stained glass &
prints with a wildlife theme
Yvonne Barnett
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Email: yvonne.barnett@michaelcwood.co.uk?subject=Contact from website
Email: yvonne.barnett@michaelcwood.co.uk?subject=Contact from website
Email: yvonne.barnett@michaelcwood.co.uk?subject=Contact from website
Email: yvonne.barnett@michaelcwood.co.uk?subject=Contact from website

All images © Y Barnett

Current inspiration:

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I am having a thinking phase - looking back at work accumulated in sketchbooks and ideas generated by watching wildlife or enjoying landscape from places other than home.

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I recently acquired a book I felt personal attachment to as I typed (no small part of) the translation from German to English by Martin Walters a few years ago.  Audio typing text of the Collins Guide to Birds of Prey gave me an interesting  and rather unusual access point into this amazing range of birds -  perhaps it will filter into my art somehow or maybe just help me become a better-informed  birder,  I hope so.  I had started to enjoy  and appreciate these birds following trips to Spain and Romania with my eagle-eyed (‘scuse the pun) partner.  Of course even in East Anglia we have fairly frequent views of  buzzards and (less often) kites from the allotment these days - so not such a rare sight, but  still a special one each time.

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My  sketchbook journeys are reminding me how important landscape is to me... so I am considering touching base with that  subject matter sometime too (though methinks it  won’t involve running up the hills of  Snowdonia brandishing my A3 sketchpads as I did when I was a student and somewhat younger and fitter than I am now).
I print and edition my own work, usually in very small edition numbers (most below 20) to keep them special.

My original fine art training was in printmaking and I have kept my love of it alive by teaching it to others and creating new work inspired by wildlife and travel.  I am comfortable using a wide range of printing techniques including silkscreen, lino, other relief printing, drypoint and etching.  I enjoy them all equally.

I print my editions by hand and using a small relief press and mangle.  For intaglio I’d hire or scrounge the use of an etching press (one of my life ambitions yet to be fulfilled - to own an etching press.....ahhh).

Since meeting my partner, a keen birder, I have developed a latent interest in bird watching (having always been around people that ‘did it’ in one way or another) and continue to be fascinated with learning about them and the much bigger picture of the natural world in all it’s complexity.  A  lot of current inspiration for artwork is found while out watching birds or invertebrates and other creatures, or reading about them when I am unable to find time to go sketching or walking and watching.  During such times I realise periods of contemplation are a good and constructive thing for me and my art.  
Printmaking
Email: yvonne.barnett@michaelcwood.co.uk?subject=Contact from website
Printmaking
Top right: Ferruginous ducks lino cut  (from Danube Delta, Romania).

Above: Simple lino cuts based on local wildlife encounters: dragonfly, garden snail (handcoloured) and great crested grebe.

Right: Sketch of  Icelandic sky  and mountains made from the bus as we travelled the road from from N to S through this wonderful place.  I like trying to sketch landscapes on the move - it makes you draw fast and distil what you want to record, though a distant view is beneficial when you are trying to capture things while bouncing up and down in a minibus.