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Meet the Team

Lynn Bailey – Director / Studio Manager / Technical Support / Tutor

Originally trained in conservation of prints and drawings, I have a solid foundation in the traditional techniques of the ‘old masters’. A BA in Fine Art led to co-founding Double Elephant Print Workshop in 1997. I enjoy experimenting with environmentally ‘friendly’ materials and combining many printmaking techniques in my artwork. I am also a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

George Barron – Screenprint Technician / Tutor

Illustration and Printmaking is the main focus of my career. It taught me the value of being expressive whilst having the focus of a brief, and it allows me to combine the freedom of fine art with the structure of graphic design. I relish working with a range of media, creating collages, and often use historical imagery in my work, bring it into a contemporary arena. I have worked for most of my career in London and NYC, always being drawn back to working here in Devon.

Claire Binden – Business Director

Claire has been with Double Elephant since 2009. Her role focuses on developing the financial and business side of Double Elephant’s operation, and includes communications, project management and partnership working. Prior to joining Double Elephant, Claire worked for a long time in theatre and education.

Catherine Cartwright – Outreach & Education Coordinator / Director / Tutor

My artist practice is print-based and includes collaboration with other art-forms; animation, dance, art action. Human rights issues are often explored through my work.

I am passionate about education and access to the arts for everyone. I have a Masters in Museum and Gallery Education and my past employment includes roles at the Ashmolean Museum and Exeter Phoenix.

Fiona Lovell – Outreach Team

I joined Double Elephant shortly after completing a Fine Art Degree in 2010 and have been experimenting with print since. As part of the Outreach Team, I deliver a wide range of workshops. Working with people of all ages, abilities and needs is very satisfying and energising and its impact goes beyond artistic realm.

Simon Ripley – Director / Tutor

A co-founder of Double Elephant, Simon studied Fine Art at Plymouth University. His prints are mostly wood and linocut working in with an abstract approach that explores memory. He comes from a family of printers – his grandfather having established a commercial label printers based in Leicester.

Suzanne Ross – Director

I studied Printed Textile Design at university which led to work within the fashion industry designing prints for womenswear. I have been involved with Double Elephant since 2009 delivering workshops and worked as screenprint technician and outreach coordinator. I completed my PGCE in 2011 in Design and Technology, and since then have taught children and adults print workshops, specialising in screen printing. I am particularly interested in combining digital processes with traditional print making techniques.

Jeremy Speck – Director / Technical Support / Tutor

I have been a printmaker for roughly 8 years after a brief career as a Librarian. I specialise in relief printing although I am now trying to move into other techniques. My main inspiration comes from British 20th century art, particularly the work of the St Ives school.

Nicola Thomas – Director

I’m based at the University of Exeter and work as an Associate Professor in Cultural and Historical Geography. I’ve spent the last decade researching regional creative economies thinking about how the creative economy works outside of large urban centres. I have specialised in the craft sector, thinking about craft collectives and their role in supporting the livelihoods of practitioners and the creative communities around them. My work is very engaged, working in partnership with organisations including the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen, the Heritage Craft Association, Leach Pottery and the Crafts Council.

Paula Youens – Director

Studied Graphics & Illustration in Exeter followed by a freelance career with national newspapers & magazines in London. A late-comer to printmaking, drawing & mark-making inform all of my projects. Despite a traditional base, print is open to many modern materials & approaches. That’s the attraction.

Val Wilson – Director

Recently retired, I worked in both the voluntary and public sector for over 30 years, initially in Camden running a community centre which had a strong focus on diversity, welcoming the old and young, and many groups from Caribbean and African communities. I became an Arts Officer for the London Borough of Camden in 1989 developing community and large-scale events.

I arrived in Exeter in 2007 to manage the former Exeter Festival on behalf of Exeter City Council. I later took on the responsibility for management of arts grants and a broader remit for event management. I am committed to making the arts accessible to local communities and encouraging development of and opportunities for local artists. I have been production manager on the following major events in Exeter in recent years including 2012 Olympic Torch Relay; 2015 Fanzone, Rugby World Cup; 2016 Radio1 Big Weekend; Unexpected Festival 2012 – 2015; Lost Weekend 2017.

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