About Harwood King Printmaking Studios based in Sussex, near London, UK
Harwood King printmaking studios have been silkscreen printmaking since 1982. The studio was started in my flat in Brighton. In those early days the studio consisted of one small hand press and half sized drying rack. The silk screens themselves were washed off in the bath. It was two years before the studio was able to move into it's first proper premises.
We have pioneered many modern printmaking techniques, and were the first studio to adopt computers to help create separations, our first Mac computer cost over £30000, an immense sum in the 1990's. Inventing techniques then that reduced the number of colour needed to produce a silkscreen print by half. Our printmaking studios experimented with giclee printing from it's conception but were not happy with the early quality of the prints. The life-span of these giclee prints was poor, and as a studio that believed passionately in artistic integrity, to simply photograph a painting and produce an expensive photographic reproduction was not something we were prepared to do.
We have in the last few years combined the use of digital and traditional techniques using each process for what it does best. Artistic and Production quality coupled with real value for money for the consumer remain our companies goal.