The practice of Printmaking

The essence of printmaking, for me, is about touch. There is a physicality and roughness to etching; beating, burning and eroding, but there is also a delicacy. Sensitivity for the contours of the plate, the consistency of ink, the dampness of the papers and the strain of the press. When I etch I am totally present in the process; the variations of temperatures and the pressure of each touch and gesture. I must work along a very fine line of being discipled and relinquishing control - understanding and accepting the volatile outcome as metal reacts with acid. Within this balance I find real contentment.

All of my etchings are produced on copper and premium Somerset Satin Printmaking paper. As with all etchings, there is the ability to re-print and edition my images, yet I chose to limit my editions. Some of my work is composed from very sensitive and delicate bites, marks and aquatints, and so their editions may be limited to just 2 or 3 prints.



Etching is an art form but its tradition sits within craft. There is a structure to creating a print that you can barely waver from, which demands concentration and patience. I think it is wonderful that to be a good craftsperson you have to learn your craft. You must be incredibly committed and hardworking to master your skill. It is an honest and open practice, without fluke. 




Born in Somerset in 1991, Mimi Robson gradated from Falmouth University in 2013 with a BA Hons in Fine Art. Since then, she has worked alongside renowned Printmaker John Howard. Specialising in both Etching and Mono Printing, Mimi creates collections of work that balance masterful discipline and spontaneity. Her work, visually and through her practice, becomes a metaphor for the flux within the ocean and our own nature.


Selected Exhibitions

2016 ‘Works on Paper Fair’  Beside The Wave London

2015 ‘Limited Edition Print Show’  Beside The Wave London
2015 'Emptiness & Extremity'  Inanna Guernsey
2015 'Prints from the studio'  The Poly Falmouth
2015 'Lovestep Charity Art Auction'  Millennium Gallery St Ives
2015 ‘HAPTIC’  Its All True Gallery Falmouth
2015 'HAPTIC'  The Gatehouse Gallery Guernsey

2014 'Fine Art Printmakers'  The Crypt Gallery St Ives
2014 'New Beginnings'  Porthminster Gallery St Ives

2013 ‘Fine Art Printmakers’   The Poly Falmouth
2013 ‘Falmouth University Degree Show’ Falmouth University Falmouth


Currently practicing at John Howard Print Studio's in Penryn, Falmouth.

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