ljonions@gmail.com

Living in Bilston, working across the West-Midlands

I have a practice based in printmaking. Combining traditional processes such as etching and screen-printing with found materials, textiles and steel to consider the ways in which printed matter is encountered, utilising manoeuvres that have touch and contact embedded within their surfaces.

Much of my work reflects on the ways in which we share, find, support and hold onto alternative forms of learning and knowledge through printed matter. Influenced by histories of feminist printmaking collectives, I consider printing as a form of radical social practice.

 

I have presented print-led research in national and international conferences. In 2022 launched ‘Gathering Press’ a mobile screen-printing project focusing on the collective spaces of printmaking exploring what might happen when the ‘process of making’ meets the ‘process of living’. 

Selected Projects & Exhibitions

Twenty:Twenty Collection, group exhibition, New Art Gallery Walsall (2022)

On Paper, group exhibition, Paper Gallery, Manchester (2022)

SpeakEasy, print window exhibition, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent (2021)

Simultaneity of stories-so-far, exhibition co-curator, Grand Union, Birmingham (2021)

Seasonal Cards, Minerva Apothecary Garden, Birmingham (2021)

Gathering Press, (ongoing) mobile screen-printing press, Black Country (2020)

Barber Home, online commission, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham (2020)

The Twin: Coventry Biennial, group exhibition, The Row & Bell Green Library, Coventry (2019)

FLIMSIES (small acts of care), group exhibition, Art Licks Festival, London (2019)

I am because we are, collaborative project with The Haven, Wolverhampton (2019)

Archiving the Feminist Experience, group exhibition, Feminist Art Library, London (2018)

GU Women, group exhibition, Modern Clay, Birmingham (2018)

Selected Conference Papers & Publications

Printmaking Communities at the Edge of Chaos, co-authored research paper, IMPACT 12 Printmaking Conference, Bristol (upcoming) 

Printing Press as Boundary Object, research paper, 'Places, Spaces and the Printing Press Conference', CPHC Birmingham and National and University Library of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2021)

Print as a Collective Space for Learning & Social Practice, research paper, 'Print and Pedagogy,' CASS Research Seminar, London Metropolitan University (2020)

Reading Otherwise: Claiming Collective Spaces for Reading, research paper, Association for Art History Annual Conference, Brighton (2019)

Recommended Reading: GU Women, Art Licks Magazine (2018)

Being Maker-Centric: Making as Method for Self-organising, in 'The Organisation of Craft Work: Identities, Meaning & Materiality' (Routledge: UK) co-authored book chapter (2018)

            

Other Activities

Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Wolverhampton (2017 - present)

Programme Assistant, Grand Union Gallery (2014 - 2022)

Center for Print History and Cultures, Member (2020 - present)

Workshops

Ikon Youth Programme, The Barber Institute, Grand Union Gallery, The Feast, Gatis Community Center, Birmingham City University, National Saturday Art and Design Club.

Bursary & Awards

CADRE Seed Funding, University of Wolverhampton (2022)

Classroom Testbed Bursary, Classroom Gallery (2021)

Creative Black Country Seed Funding (2020)

a-n Travel Bursary (2017)

Vice-Chancellor Strategic Research Award (2017)

Education

MA Art and Education Practices, Birmingham City University (2017)

PGCE Post-Compulsory Education, University of Wolverhampton (2015)

BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Wolverhampton (2013)

  • Twitter
  • Instagram