Emily Ketteringham

Paper screen-printed with crushed unison colour pastels



The landscape around Tarset is pock marked with small circular depressions. In most cases, circles of long grass nestle in shallow dips, contrasting in colour with the heather that surrounds them. In a few cases the holes are much deeper, their full depth obscured by the rusting metal that has been dumped in them. Marked as shafts(dis) on the OS map, they are the remnants of old one-man coal pits.


This piece is about those hidden circles- amongst the heather and hummocks of grass on the fens, you can easily walk within two feet of one and not notice it is there- and the geological processes that meant the coal was there to be mined.


The colours refence the colours of the landscape, and the Earth, rocks, and sand below it. They are screen-printed with Unison Colour pastels, made by hand just down the road from where I was exploring the old pits.



Emily is a screen-printer and maker living and working in Bristol. She has a studio at Centrespace in the heart of the Old City.


Emily’s work is about layering and precision; it is often inspired by geology and rocks. The overarching theme that unites all her work is her love and exploration of colour.


Working with very translucent inks, Emily enjoys exploring the space between control and chance- mixing very precise colours, but then embracing the new colours that are created when the inks overlap on the paper.


Her recent work has been about trying to build and consolidated memories of place by investigating and experimenting with colours found within photographs taken on walks.


Emily has an Ma in Multidisciplinary Print from University of West of England, Bristol. Her work has been shortlisted for the Boodle Hatfield Prize at the 2020 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fait.


In May 2021, Emily enjoyed a five-week residency in Tarset, with VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities) and Unison Colour Pastels and is now exploring new work related to her experiences.





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