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Eyup!

I'm Heather (She/her), an illustrator, muralist and printmaker from Stockport. My work plays with female forms, bold colours, hand drawn typefaces and thoughtful compositions. I work across mediums from painting and printmaking, to mural making and sculpture, and design. I use figurative, folk-like motifs combined with graphic shapes and painterly patterns. My pieces often include depictions of sisterhood, and women, punctuated with emblematic and decorative elements that carry hidden meanings or narratives. These stories often surrounding femininity, and spiritual connections with nature.

I'm a proud Stopfordian and the creative community that surrounds me significantly inspires my practice. I am interested in all things kitsch, nostalgic and playful, which contrasts with my love of brutalist buildings and northern england.

Alongside my illustration work, I also facilitate arts workshops in print-based mediums, book making and mural making. I founded — Roots riso, a female, queer led risograph printing collective. 

 

I am also Co-founder  of Underbank Studios CIC, and currently the Director

& Programme Producer. 


 

Clients

Sick Festival /Memphis Records / Whirlwind Records 

SK skate park / Partisan Collective / Primark / 

Helen McArdle House Hospital / Holmeside Coffee 

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art 

Stockport Council / HOME / Cloudwater Brewery 

Black Path Press / Manchester Psych Festival

 

Experience

As Co-founder, Heather has over 3 years experience directing and developing the community arts organisation Underbank Studios and it’s outputs from conception. Heather has curated exhibitions, programmed and managed multiple high level arts events, and has developed extensive experience in artist liason and technical support–from workshop facilitation, and printmaking assistance to exhibition installs. 

 

As a practicing visual artist, Heather has exhibited at galleries renowned such as HOME, and locally in Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, Underbank Studios & On The Brink studio. She has created numerous large scale murals, and illustrated / animated music videos for clients.

 

Alongside running her own business as an illustrator and muralist, and directing Underbank Studios, Heather also facilitates arts workshops in a variety of  contexts. She has worked with marginalised communities, through her work with Black Path Press, in Middlesborough, and Sick Festival’s, Moston Lane Project. Throughout her MA she used printmaking and zinemaking as a tool for engagment and enquiry with low socio-economic areas. She has also designed mural making workshops for emerging artists, with local arts organisations. Heather founded Roots Riso; a printing collective based in Stockport. She regularly runs a risograph printing workshop called ‘Risocial’.

Exhibitions

Stockport Together again - Stockport Art Gallery, 2021

Underbank Studios takeover - Sandbar Manchester, 2021

Solo Exhibit 'Flairofly' - Underbank Studios, Stockport, 2021

Night and Day Cafe - Northern Quarter, Manchester, 2019

Nowt Special  - Tynebank Brewery, Newcastle, 2019
Sunderland Art Gallery - Sunderland Museum, 2019
D&AD Design Festival - Truman Brewery, London 2018
Hyde Park Book Club - Leeds, 2018
Live Tales, Live Theatre - Newcastle, 2018
Arty Farty Party - Pub Zoo, Manchester, 2016

Workshops

Risocial–Underbank Studios, risograph printing workshop, 2021- present, monthly 

Storybook & manifestation–book binding and art journaling workshop, Pheonix Arts Space, Broken Grey Wires, 2023

Drag and Draw–Life drawing at PINK, Funded by UK Prosperity Fund, 2023

Stopport Cloth–collaborative painting workshop, Stockport Council, 2022

Colour the street–Collaborative mural making, Stockport Council, 2021

Shutter mural making–Partisan Collective, spray painting / mural workshop, 2021

Pride Of Place–Sunderland University, Risograph printing poster workshop, 2019

Talk Over Print–The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, risograph printing publication workshop, 2019

Paint and Sip –Across venues in the North East, Acrylic painting classes, 2018 / 2019

Narratives–Lips Inked Poets, Poetry and Illustration workshop, 2016

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