My Studio with Jill Kerr, printmaker

Picture by Ewan Mathers
Picture by Ewan Mathers

Printmaker Jill Kerr must have one of the most beautiful settings in the county for her fabulous studio in Chinley.

She is surrounded by the stunning Peak District landscape and from her windows she looks out over Kinder Scout.

The Summerfield Studio was once a potting shed and is in the garden of her home which was originally lived in by the chauffeur and maid of the big house nearby.

When you step inside there is an Edwardian feel to the studio and you would naturally assume it had been there for decades – but in fact Jill and her husband carefully designed the space using reclaimed materials from a huge assortment of places including old churches, schools, and even a garage.

A huge fireplace with a woodburning stove is the main focal point and is surrounded by comfy chairs for relaxing.

A collection of desks in the centre of the room form her main working area and there are endless shelves and drawers packed with her work and tools of her trade.

She has everything she needs in the studio and hardly ever has to make the trip down the garden path back to the house once she has started work.

She hand prints her linocuts which are inspired by the nature around her and her editions are limited to between 10 and 25 original prints.

Jill is a member of the High Peak Artists and her work is displayed with that of other members at the Gallery In The Gardens in Buxton. Go to http://www.galleryinthegardens.co.uk to find out more.

Picture by Ewan Mathers
Picture by Ewan Mathers
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