Lucy May Schofield

2021 QEST Scholar - Paper Artistry & Printmaking

Lucy is an artist whose practice is rooted in the craft of making. With ink, paper and wood she connects and convenes with nature, examining the minute details within the landscape along with the more intangible elements of how light and time inform our experience of place. The works she creates seek to turn our attention to the temporal, creating a dialogue with transience and impermanence. Hand paper making and printmaking using traditional water-based woodblock techniques and a hand press, reflect the significant relationship she has to materials and processes. She strives to promote these skills through leading workshops and has fifteen years’ experience of teaching printmaking and book arts. She has attended three artists residency programmes in Japan to study traditional and contemporary mokuhanga with master carvers and printers. Her work has recently been presented at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 3331 Arts Chiyoda Tokyo, Impact 11 Hong Kong, and the University of Hawaii, where she was the recipient of the Awagami Paper Prize. In 2020 she was awarded the Flourish Award for excellence in printmaking. Her work is held in public and private collections including Tate Britain and Yale Centre for British Art. 

Through a bespoke training plan, Lucy’s QEST funding will enable her to travel to Japan to learn how to make hyōsō works (hanging scrolls) using her own mokuhanga prints instructed by master craftspeople. While in Japan she will continue her study of hand paper making to expand her skills in creating washi-based artworks. She will also attend several courses in the UK to learn more about creating her own natural pigments, inks and dyes to use within her printmaking. One to one guidance with local foragers and makers will focus on creating a more sustainable practice, one which is in harmony with nature.   

I believe that the act of making encourages a deeper understanding to our relationship with nature, time and light.  An investment develops in the materials we choose to use if we have had a hand in their creation. I am fascinated in connecting the areas of interest I have in the sensory, community and sustainability of these crafts.