Since studying at The Chelsea School of Art Georgina has worked in many different mediums, including illustration for advertising and print, and architectural design for architects and designers. Moving to Leith and qualifying as a welder and fabricator, Georgina set up a self-employed business producing large scale public and corporate sculptures. Working with glass and steel Georgina has undertaken commissions across the UK
Now based in East Lothian, Georgina works on a much smaller scale as a monoype, lino-cut and etching artist.
Hecla has four works on show that were a result of a project based on the rare seed-pod collection in the herbarium at Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden. This culminated in ‘Mono-Carpological’, an exhibition at The Herbarium.
“My heart races with every draw of specimens I open and goes even faster when some weird and wonderful seed-pod emerges from the darkness. Although I struggle to pronounce their latin names I take copies of the labels with the sometimes whimsical notes written on their discovery, some of them are a hundred years old. These descriptions are enchanting and will be very much part of the exhibition as will the specimens themselves. I have not chosen specific countries or plant families but literally picked at random, as it’s purely shape I’m looking for.
It’s a very academic environment to work in, which intrigues me. It’s so quiet and everyone is very studious, looking down microscopes or measuring leaves. I try not to use my squeaky roller or scream with excitement at a new great discovery. Once I have chosen the desired bizarre creature I then place it on a white tray with a spotlight positioned. I do a preliminary sketch then prepare my plate with ink for the final monoprint. This has to be done reasonably quickly and I cannot lean on the paper or I’ll press on the ink and ruin the picture.”
To complement the work, Georgina produced limited edition etchings from her sketches.