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Margaret Becker

Margaret was born in Dublin, grew up in Ireland and attended the National College of Art, Dublin. Graduated with teachers certificate, moved to Rome for a one year residency, attending the free school of painting and joined an toir gloinne stained glass studio and worked on commisions for stained glass windows throughout Ireland, England and America. Joined graphic studio Dublin, and studied printmaking with John Kelly and Liam O'Brion. Awarded Biennal prize for print in Listowel Writers week , Co. Kerry; awarded 1st prize for stained glass panel at international exhibition celebrating the centenary of "The Messenger " magazine , in Dublin; has exhibited in major exhibitions in Ireland, Holland, Belgium, France and USA. Moved to Clane, Co. Kildare and founded the Leinster print studio in 1998. Recently illustrated book of poetry by Desmond Egan with silk screens. Now lives and works from her studio in Loughanure, Clane, Co. Kildare

I like printmaking, as it is a "hands on" medium, like stained glass, there is the visual and the practical involvement, which is exciting and appealing to me. The collaboration with the welsh printmakers has opened up numerous doors, both artistically and culturally, leading to other international printmakers becoming involved with our studio, which will lead on to future exhibitions with many more print makers, which is more then we thought would happen when we started the venture.