A printmaker designs and makes prints. They use electronic or digital printing processes alongside more traditional craft-based methods to create images, which are then transposed onto surfaces, generally using a printing press.
Who can I work for?
The majority of printmakers are self-employed however job opportunities do exist at printing firms.
Where and when can I work?
Printmakers are usually studio-based and working hours typically include extra hours, especially when working to client demands.
What can I earn?
Salary levels vary widely, owing to the freelance nature of the work, however the starting salary for artist printmakers is about £16,000.
What are the benefits?
As it is mostly freelance, the role gives you the chance to pick and choose your workload and the flexibility to work around other commitments.
Are there chances of promotion?
Experienced printmakers often go on to manage or own their own studio. Career development largely depends on building experience, contacts and a reputation through producing good quality work.
What will I be responsible for?
You will be working to a client's brief and producing prints to specifications by using printmaking techniques such as etching, screen-printing, lithography, relief printing and computer-generated images to produce prints on a variety of surfaces.
Do I need any experience?
Printmaking skills are usually developed on a degree course, which helps to develop the relevant skills and techniques. Hands-on courses taught by professional printmakers are also recommended. Networking is crucial to build up contacts and gain experience.
What attributes are needed?
You will need strong communication skills, creativity and the ability to set and achieve goals. Excellent communication skills are needed for networking and you'll also need to show the ability to work with dexterity and with a range of equipment.