Sketchpad Artist: John Powell-Jones 24 Jun

John Powell-Jones, a printmaker based in Manchester, is one of the 11 local artists who have created a set of limited edition covers for our own sketchpad range.  John’s practice incorporates illustration with fine art and draws heavily from his knowledge and experience of traditional print processes. He runs his own print studio in Islington Mill Studios, Salford, where he produces his own work as well as commercial screen printing.

We asked John a few questions to find out a bit more about him.

Tell us a bit about the idea behind your sketchbook covers?

I scanned from pages of my current sketchbooks, none of which are ‘finished’ illustrations but I thought it made sense with them being used as sketchbook covers.

Have you used a Risograph printer before?

I co-run a risograph printing service, Mono, with Textbook Studio and Daniel Russell. We’ve been experimenting with the process for just over a year now so it’s still quite new to us.


Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to print on a riso?

I find with most print process’ if you can put a bit of time aside to experimenting with it will give you the best results, helps you to find out what goes wrong, what works and any quirks that can be used to your advantage.

What are your specialisms?

I’m an illustrator and screen printer by trade but work in a lot of different mediums, I particularly like mono printing and clay modelling at the moment.

How would you describe your work?

I’m still trying to figure that out!


What inspires you?

I get inspired a lot by traditional print processes, what marks and textures different methods give, then using these to inform part of a piece of work. I’m based in Islington Mill which is full of great people and a really inspiring place to work on a day to day basis.

What materials do you use?

I use only water based inks for my screen printing and tend to mix most of my own colours, I tend to use the same inks for any painting that I do. I found that block printing ink gives me the best textures for mono printing (much easier to clean as well!) I have recently been experimenting with clay figure modelling, at the moment I’ve been sticking to air dry and then painting and varnishing the finished pieces.

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Who is your favourite artist or maker?

At the moment I’ve been collecting the of books of Jonathan Routh, I find his style really interesting.

Where can people see your work?


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