Hello Meg, please introduce yourself
I am a young artist based in England. I currently study an Arts Practice degree and I am now going on to my second year. I am a printmaker and artist mainly focusing on screen printing. My work is solely about the use of colour, I like to use bright and bold colours as it brings me and others happiness. I also love the screen print process and it brings me so much joy and I hope that my work reflects this. I like to work with abstract shapes and each person interprets my work differently, it allows people so see and think different things.
What motivates you to do screen printing?
I work with colour and shapes because it’s simple yet effective. Layering up colours and creating new colours always tends to amaze people, I get a good reaction from my layers. I do screen printing because it’s fun and it makes me happy. I like trying new things and working on new ideas, I’m constantly developing my style and adapting to do. People love the bright colours I use and they say it makes them happy, that’s all I want. I want people to feel happy and uplifted when looking at my work. I couldn’t ask for anything else.
Please tell us something about your personal style
As said my work is quite abstract. Some prints more than others. I like to work with paper stencils as you can create any shape you like, there are no limits. I like to use layers in my work, when overlaying a colour over another you create new colours, it’s amazing. My style is fun and energetic, I use bright colours which are a bit in your face but it works. When you use bright colours you feel happy and I hope you get the same reaction from my work. My style is also very experimental, some prints go very wrong but it’s all part of the process.
What are your artistic goals?
I hope in two years time I finish my degree with good grades and to continue developing my work throughout the course. I also wish to get involved in more, have more exhibitions and get to know more amazing artists. My aim is to teach art too, show people there is more to art than just drawing. I remember at school we were taught art in such a restricted way. I would like to change this. Show kids they can have lots of fun with art and it doesn’t have to look like something to be art.
How would you define ‘being an artist’?
It means to have fun. Experiment and take risks, try things you haven’t tried before. Although it may not always work it’s good good fun trying. I love being an artist, it’s so much fun you are constantly working and trying new things which allows your work to develop. When your an artist you see things differently and you really appreciate art and what others do, then you’re willing to learn.
Would you like to add a final statement?
As said, the key thing is to take risks. Try new things and try new ways of working. I used to hate screen printing at school and now I’m obsessed with it. Never give up, when things go wrong, work with it and learn from it. Keep smiling and love what you do!
Meg Hopkin ★ Artist page
My work is solely about the use of colour and shape. The bright and bold colours reflects my love for art and screen printing. I am also a student, studying an arts practice degree. So right now my key thing is to keep having fun and experimenting while I have the time.
Thank you, Meg.