An exhibition of screen prints exploring the menopause, inspired by mid-century matchbox designs.

Saturday April 29th – Friday May 19th 2023

Wendy Roby is a Stockport-based print and textile artist whose work employs graphic, bold designs inspired by modernism. She was awarded a grant during Stockport Arts and Health Week 2022 and produced a body of artwork exploring her experience of menopause. Wendy said:
“When I originally started experiencing menopause symptoms, I thought I was going mad, It took a very long time for me to figure out what was happening to me, and finding treatment was – and is – a long road. But I have found enormous solace in hearing the awful – but also hilarious – stories of other people going through menopause. This exhibition is a chance to reflect that.” 

Matchbox designs of the 1950s and 1960s – especially those from Eastern Europe – were made using simple screen printing techniques with restricted colour palettes. They often used newsprint-style, halftone dots for shading and detail.

“Matchboxes are absolute masterclasses in graphic design,” says Wendy. “They were essentially handheld billboards, communicating complex branding or public messaging ideas in a miniscule format. I’m drawn to them because I love simplicity and naivety in printmaking, but also because of their tiny power.” 

Postcard prints of Wendy’s work and part of her jewellery range will be available to buy during the exhibition.

Join us on Saturday April 29th from 11:00-15:00 for the launch, where you can view the exhibition and try creative, family-friendly Saturday Art Club activities inspired by Wendy’s work, including Bubble Wrap Printmaking to replicate the halftone process, and Tissue Paper Graphic Design replicating screen print techniques.

Wendy will also be running a Screen Printed Wooden Jewellery workshop for anyone aged 14+ on May 11th from 18:00-20:30.

You can visit Wendy’s studio in Reddish by appointment, buy products and find out more about her work on her website at, and follow her on Instagram @Roby_Workshop.

The exhibition continues 10:00-16:00 on Thursdays and Fridays until 16:00 on Friday May 19th 

For more information about menopause and where to find support for you or someone you know, please see the following information:




  • Menopause: Everything You Need to Know in One Concise Manual by Dr Louise Newson
  • Everything You Need to Know About Menopause (but were too afraid to ask) by Kate Muir
  • Menopausing by Davina McCall and Dr Naomi Potter


Davina McCall: Sex, Myths, and Menopause is available for free viewing on All4.

* = resources that utilise trans and nonbinary inclusive language