Decline I-IV

Woodcut print on linen napkin - a series of four prints will be on display at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton from 2nd July 2024.

Swifts: Your future in our hands

I am currently researching the decline of Swifts in the UK and will be creating a new body of work linked to this important issue.  I have produced a short introductory video outlining some of my ideas for the project.  

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Mokuhanga 2023

At the beginning of 2023, I went on a weekend Mokuhanga printmaking course run by Lucy May Schofield at Spike Island Print Studio in Bristol. This traditional Japanese art form uses wood blocks with 'moku' meaning wood and 'hanga' meaning print. I learnt how to use different carving tools including a Hangito knife and wood gouges before applying watercolour ink with brushes (rather than rollers). The image is then transferred to Washi paper using a bamboo baren with different gradients of ink and water. I found the whole process to be fascinating and very meditative. I have always loved carving both lino and wood and this new technique opens up lots of different possibilities for me and I am really looking forward to making more images in this way over the coming months.

Yellow Bird


January 2023

Field Study 1


August 2023

Silver eels leaving under a full moon


August 2023

Tetrapak Printmaking 2022

Using repurposed Tetrapak drinks cartons, I have been creating drypoint and relief prints.  This new type of printmaking has allowed me the freedom to experiment with new materials and incorporate vibrant colours into my work.  I continue to use Caligo safe-wash inks and Somerset satin paper.

“Resting by the river’s edge”

April 2022

Inspired by a bike ride along the River Bovey, I wanted to capture the beautiful ferns and bluebells.

Exhibited and sold at the ACE Arts Open 2022.

“View from the Orchard”

April 2022

A glimpse of my daily working life at Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury.  Standing in the allotment shed looking through the Orchard.

Exhibited at ACE Arts in Somerton for the Evolver Prize Exhibition 2022.

“With me on my travels”

May 2022

Cycling during the pandemic has been my escape. Rediscovering my love of Somerset exploring tracks, lost lanes and railway paths.  A bike ride from Budleigh Salterton to Exmouth was the inspiration for this print - the figure walking on the beach a reminder of loved ones no longer with us.

On display at Bath RUH until the end of October.

“Fields and Foxgloves”

July 2022

A photograph from my sister in Oregon, USA highlighted the similarities between our seasons and our wildlife.  Foxgloves were growing simultaneously in both our locations and I wanted to send this to my sister as a reminder of how distance cannot separate us.

“Echinacea in the Oudolf Field”

August 2022

A walk through the Oudolf Field at Hauser and Wirth, Somerset in Bruton was the starting point for this print.  The Echinacea flowers were breath-taking.

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Joanna Briar

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