Mavina Baker

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Coor-li Inspired by the sound of curlews calling at dawn and at dusk, which is quite a haunting, plaintive sound
Mapping the Edges - Inspired by the sound of Red Kites calling over our garden, quite a heart-rending, mournful sound, which summed up ideas of being alone and the singularity of human existence
X (marks the spot) At my mother’s I found an old photograph of two people kissing with “X marks the spot” written on the reverse. When asking about it I was told, “It’s complicated . . . love always is”
September Evening, linocut
Running Late, linocut

Working Under the imprint of Teacup Press, a small print studio established in 2011 to reflect the artist's increasing interest in book arts, Mavina Baker designs and makes books, prints and ephemera in small limited editions and as one-offs, that are hand-printed and hand-bound.

Baker's work is driven by a desire to tell stories, and by the materiality of the handmade; the artist is drawn to the tactile nature of printing with a 19th century press, and the intimacy of the book form as a way to consider and communicate ideas. Using narrative poetry Baker forms links between word and image, the book becoming the means of expression for simple narratives.

Baker is an artist printmaker with an experiential practise, developing ideas through the act of making. As a result, each piece of Baker's work informs the next. Books have become the artist's main focus and are the medium she uses to explore transitional junctures; combining as they do her interests in printmaking and imagery, poetry and social histories, and typography.

It is important to the artist to have control over each element of production; Baker is author, designer, printmaker and binder and this allows for continuity of practice and integrity of design.

Mavina Baker's work can be seen in collections at Manchester Metropolitan University, University for the Creative Arts, and the Artists’ Book Collection at Bank Street Arts.