Inky Collective, Jen Wright, Treasured Pieces | Painting Grace

Treasured Pieces: The Favourite Artwork of Jen Wright aka ‘Inky Collective’

Inky Collective, Jen Wright, Treasured Pieces | Painting GraceJen Wright is a writer, maker, agony aunt and printmaker extraordinaire. Jen is also founder of the excellent ‘Inky Collective‘ which brings together people from different creative industries, to share stories and gather advice, for other designers, makers and general daydreamers. She’s also possibly one of the friendliest people I’ve met online too.

What is already fascinating me about the Treasured Pieces column, is the choice of favourite artwork, isn’t what you would expect. As Jen is both a blogger and designer, I was fascinated by what she would choose to display proudly in her home.

She has a great eye for art, curating excellent designers and illustrators on the Inky Collective blog whilst having a very ‘simple and graphical’ approach to her lovely lovely letterpress designs. Jen’s Treasured Piece is a lot more ‘painterly’ than I had expected. And it’s a stunner!

Again, like last month’s Treasured Pieces with Jess, it was love at first sight for Jen. A gut instinct that brought about calm emotions. It fascinates me that an artwork can have such an immediate physical and emotional response. And THAT’S why I love art!

Over to you Jen….

Inky Collective, Jen Wright, Treasured Pieces Favoourite Artwork, Jane Human Printmaker | Painting Grace

What is the name of your artwork and who is it by?

The print is called ‘Calm in Norfolk’ and is by incredible artist, and friend of mine, Jane Human. Jane has had an amazing and varied career working in illustration, printmaking, painting, and also speaking and teaching. She now works from her studio in Canning Town, London, creating stunning paintings, and prints on an offset lithography press (it’s an absolute behemoth).

What is the medium it was produced in? Is it an original or a print?

It’s a limited edition print (number 4 of 100 – and signed too!) of an original multilayered monotype.

Inky Collective, Jen Wright, Treasured Pieces Favoourite Artwork, Jane Human Printmaker | Painting Grace

How did you acquire the piece?

I visited Jane’s studio back in 2013 to have a nose around and see the enormous printing press in the flesh. I love all of Jane’s work but I absolutely fell in love with this piece. When I asked if there were any prints left available to buy she was very evasive and practically told me I couldn’t have one!

I was a bit upset about it but I was quite distracted at the time as I was planning my wedding, taking place the following month. Well, I’m sure that’s given away the ending, but when the big day came, I was very excited to see Jane and her husband Ben arrive with a rather rectangular, rather flat wedding gift…

I practically tore the wrapping paper off and was overjoyed to find it was the exact print I’d had my heart set on

I practically tore the wrapping paper off and was overjoyed to find it was the exact print I’d had my heart set on (luckily my new husband loved it just as much!). We had it framed locally, and even splashed out on some fancy art glass to make sure it looked its best.

Inky Collective, Jen Wright, Treasured Pieces Favoourite Artwork, Jane Human Printmaker | Painting Grace

Where does it live in your home?

It’s moved around a few times (we have so many pictures to hang that we sometimes have a bit of a shuffle about), spending some time in our bedroom where we loved waking up to it, but it currently resides in our living room where we can see it more. And show it off to guests!

Having that kind of art in your home – that fills your head with lovely memories and gives you a sense of well being – is good for the soul. I highly recommend it.

Jen and Wrighty get hitched

What’s the story behind your favourite piece of artwork?

When I saw this piece in Jane’s studio, it was genuinely love at first sight. It made me feel calm, like I could hear the birds and the wind in the trees, and see the clouds gently rolling across the sky.

As well as that sense of calm, and reminding me of being surrounded by inspiration in Jane’s studio, it also reminds me of a moment at the wedding. Jane’s work is often inspired by where land meets the water, and my husband and I were married on a beach in Devon – I remember standing on the balcony of the venue with Jane, looking out at the sun setting over sea, and talking about the natural beauty all around us.

Having that kind of art in your home – that fills your head with lovely memories and gives you a sense of well being – is good for the soul. I highly recommend it.

Jen and Wrighty get hitched

Thank you Jen for sharing your favourite artwork and your photos from your wedding day!

And Finally…

Check out Jen’s Inky Collective letterpress imagery on Etsy and her portfolio on Behance. She will be offering Workshops in the near future, so stay tuned and follow Jen/Inky Collective on Twitter and Inky Collective on Instagram

Have an inspired day

Georgie x

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