Christmas Shoppers urged to back artists at first Leeds Print Fair

Leeds Print Fair  organisers Talia Russell and Laura Long

Leeds Print Fair organisers Talia Russell and Laura Long

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THE first Leeds Print Fair is set to give Christmas shoppers a chance to snap up unique gifts while supporting the city’s flourishing artistic community.

Printmakers Talia Russell and Laura Long are staging the inaugural Leeds Print Fair at the Corn Exchange on Call Lane in Leeds city centre on Saturday November 1.

A screenprinted 'tarot' kimono

A screenprinted 'tarot' kimono

Talia and Laura, who met at Leeds College of Art as adult students, both specialised in printmaking and are now both practicing printmakers.

Laura works in linocut prints and Talia with silk screen printing.

They have gathered friends and fellow artists together to create the first Leeds Print Fair and are planning for it to be an annual event.

Talia said: “As Leeds has so many art courses and print studios, setting up a print fair is great way to showcase all our talented local artists’ work.

“And it is a brilliant way for the local community to show their support.”

“This is your opportunity to meet your local artists and chat about their inspiration and techniques while supporting your local artist community.

“So come along and find a unique individual gift for your loved ones this year, which will grace your home for years to come.”

Screen printer Ben Whittington, of Bramley, said: “The print fair is good for artists as it’s a great opportunity to sell work alongside their contemporaries.”

Mr Whittington, who is a member of Mirfield-based West Yorkshire Print Workshop, added: “It’s also great for shoppers as they can buy work direct from the artist and learn first hand the processes and techniques that went into creating the work”

Entry is free to the Leeds Print Fair, which will be on a the Corn Exchange from 10am to 6pm on Saturday November 1 For more details, Follow Leeds Print Fair on Twitter @leedsprintfair or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/leedsprintfair

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