Printmaking - Shortlisted 2013
Since graduating in 2005 Dawn has become an active member of the printmaking fraternity setting up an annual print festival Pushing Print in Margate and running printmaking courses from her own studio. Her approach is concerned with the very nature of print including repetition, reversal layering and texture and every idea, technique and material is researched to ensure each has a significance to the completed works.
Since 2008 her work has been inspired by a diary written by her great aunt while serving as a nurse in a WW1 military hospital. It depicted the horrors of life in the wards along with knitted lace
patterns and remedies. This reality compared to the apparent calm shown in official hospital photographs inspired her first body of work Reading Between the Lines. The lace patterns were made up and, using solar plate etching, printed with text from the diary. Dawn won the V&A Print Prize at the International Print Awards in 2011 with a piece from this series.