Meet the maker – Jenni Allen

Hi Jenni. Tell us a bit about yourself 
I am Jenni Allen, a London based printmaker. About 2 years ago I decided to focus more of my time on printmaking, which means I spend about 3 – 4 days a week cramming in what I can, to produce, sell and exhibit my work.

I make limited edition, screenprints which are all handprinted. I also design a small range of notebooks and greeting cards.

As member of a fantastic printmaking studio in East London, I have access to an abundance of screenprinting equipment so all the printing work is done there. At home, my living room table is where all the clean work happens; drawing, painting, collage, etc. Any other vacant surfaces can also become victim to the piles of ideas and source material that I seem to accumulate in vast quantities.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by all sorts of things really, but I’m particularly drawn to simple forms, block colour, pattern and order. The inspiration for my current range of prints have come from varied sources including the details of modern architecture, particularly churches, natural history imagery and simple geometric cut outs which enable me to play with composition and colour, during the printing process.

I am also really inspired by the maker community who are so supportive, including collectives like Urban Makers East,  (shucks) who organize  really useful events. Their markets give artists and makers the opportunity to sell direct to the public, which gives a good indication of how their work is received in the big, wide world.

What are your plans for the future?
Getting my work into more galleries/shops is a big one for me this year so it has been a brilliant start to see my work amongst others at the UME pop up shop.

“Collaboration” is a word that has been lingering in my head for a while – My work easily fits into the category of ‘surface decoration’ so it would be great to work with a ceramicist on a project. Ceramics is something I would love to have a go at myself but I can’t see that I could fit it in right now. Ceramicists be warned, I am on the look out!

You can find Jenni Allen’s Prints and stationery in the shop until 7 May

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