AN ARTIST whose work is inspired by the light and drama of the Dorset coastline will open her studio for one week only in September.

Printmaker Ruth Ander, who is based in Puddletown, will invite the public to view her sublime artwork and watch demonstrations of her unique, low-tech printing technique.

Exploring the light and movement of Dorset's land and seascape, Ruth creates her prints on fine tissue and Japanese paper. By applying very thin layers of ink, her work emulates the delicate, subtle play of light on the water and land and has the finished texture and translucency of an old Italian fresco or a Japanese woodblock print.

"My inspiration comes from the south west," Ruth says, "so I hope that visitors to my studio will relate to and recognise their own memories and reflections of well-loved places in my work."

Ruth will also be demonstrating new drypoint etchings and cyanotypes, a 19th century photographic technique that allows for expression and an almost painterly feel.

After completing a degree in illustration at the University of the West of England, Ruth has continued to evolve and hone her unique monoprint technique. She recently returned to her alma mater on a year-long scholarship, and took up an artist's residency at Lizard Point in Cornwall. The open studio will be a chance to see the resulting work from each experience.

Ruth's art will also be displayed in group exhibitions this autumn, appearing in galleries including The Museum in the Park in Stroud, The Museum of Cornish Life in Helston and The Crypt Gallery in London.

Her open event, taking place at The Studio, 2, The Square, in Puddletown, will be open on Friday September 20 from 12pm to 5pm; on Saturday September 21 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm and Sunday, September 22 from 11am to 4pm.

For more information on Ruth's art and upcoming exhibitions, visit