Rachel Barber is an artist living in Cheshire in the north west of England. She is currently working in the medium of mono and screen printing, using hand finished metal leaf and hand drawn detail. She is inspired by nature, land and seascapes and is constantly trying to capture something of the atmosphere that she encounters when walking in the hills of the Peak District or along the beaches of the Llŷn Peninsula. She also draws much inspiration when travelling, recently to Canada and Iceland. create layers and textures to reflect light, movement, and form.
The current process requires applying ink to a plate then rolling, scraping, and wiping and manipulating it. Paper is then put over the plate and passed through the printing press. With the process of mono printing each print is unique and there is an element that cannot be controlled, which can reveal wonderful unexpected results, which is then worked into the final image. Layers of screen-printed images are placed over the hand applied metal leaf before she finally drawers into the prints to give line and detail.