Words by Liam Brown
STRIKING prints and drawings by a local artist which capture the recent devastating moors fires are helping to raise funds for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, who battled the blazes.
Diana Terry, who has a studio at Woodend Mill, Mossley, was inspired to raise money for the brave team after they tacked the fires alongside firefighters last summer and more recently in February.
She explained: “In July 2018 and February 2019 the moors above Saddleworth and Mossley became the scene of extensive wildfires reported nationally.
“I was horrified but mesmerised by the images on the media and the sights above my neighbours’ houses. Some had to be evacuated and other suffered chocking smoke for days.
“As soon as I could I went up to the moors and witnessed the devastation. I cast areas of the ground itself using plaster of Paris. The resulting materials and burnt samples of ground and wood were brought back to my studio and developed into a number of drawings and prints.
“Some of these were entirely abstract but increasingly I incorporated a number of the images of the firefighters themselves dealing with the fires.”
Diana, who has had a life-long career in the arts and heritage industry, worked at Hot Bed Press, Salford, to produce large scale collagraphic prints of the dramatic scenes.
“The process allowed me to work freely in a painterly manner while retaining the discipline of printing techniques,” she explained.
“Each one is unique but they form a series since they are from the same plate.”
These original hand-made prints are on exhibition but high quality prints can be bought directly from Diana, with 50 per cent of proceeds going to OMRT, and she is also donating an original for auction.
Find out more about Diana’s work and contact her for prints on her website: