Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts

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David Setter

Studio 5 10 November – 2 December 2015

His work output is based on a two pronged approach of commercial Illustration, and personal painting and drawing using mixed media from aerosols and watercolour, through to collage cut-out work utilising self-adhesive sign vinyl.

Almost everything he makes starts life in his sketchbook – the ‘nursery’ for all of his ideas.

David holds traditional values of illustration close to his heart, preferring pencil and pen to create drawings, rather than a digital approach. Computers are only deployed in the later stages to scale, clean up, render and send his line work.

David’s artwork is heavily influenced by the local landscape of the Clwydian Range, and the wildlife which thrives within it. The work is about capturing the incredible colours of the region as we journey through the seasons.

David makes a conscious effort to ‘get out’ amongst the local landscape on a daily basis with his trusty Labrador companion. He uses this exposure to capture the ebb and flow of the Clwydian Range through photography, looking and sketching, to build the foundations of his collage work.

Within the last 18 months, David has discovered the joys of drawing with a scalpel, using self-adhesive industrial sign vinyl to build up layers of shapes and colour similar to digital vector graphics. This work, however, is all done by hand.

David Setter’s work is a celebration of the great outdoors.

Workshops with David Setter in Studio 5
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 November
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 November
Saturday 28 November
1.00pm – 4.30pm, FREE Suitable for all ages

David is relishing the opportunity to work
with the public, using collage to create a large
communal piece which represents the Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that
is the Clwydian Range.

He is looking forward to sharing the methods
and techniques that he uses with visitors to
the centre and learning from others through
the practice of making.

He also wants to encourage people to create
their own individual work on small panels,
which can form part of a larger exhibition
within the Studio 5 space, or can be
photographed and taken home by the maker.

This programme has been funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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