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Meet the Maker: Amanda Colville of Mangle Prints

Meet the Maker: Amanda Colville of Mangle Prints

My name is Amanda Colville. I’m a printmaker and artist from Kings Lynn in Norfolk.

Describe your printmaking process.

I mainly use linocut as a medium. However I also dabble in monoprint occasionally.

How and where did you learn to print?

I’ve always appreciated print and illustration, so decided to take a printmaking evening course about 7 years ago. I enjoyed it so much, I was determined to carry on at home. I started off using a back of spoon, then managed to obtain a washing mangle, which I still use as a relief printing press. It’s been very much an issue of trial and error, sometimes working, and sometimes things failing. It does make the process unpredictable but enjoyable.

Why printmaking?

My father used to collect antique books and also worked in a printing press when he was younger. His passion for all things ink really rubbed of on me as a child. I also love being able to produce a piece of artwork fairly quickly and easily at home.

Where do you work?

From my home in Kings Lynn.

Describe a typical day in your studio.

The day starts with coffee, emails and the radio. If I’m working on carving the lino, It really helps if there is music or a play to listen to. Usually work involves moving one of the cats out of the way!

How long have you been printmaking?

For about 8 years now.

What inspires you?

Lots of things! I get drawn to anything with pattern, fabrics, textiles. Also my garden, plants, and all the wildlife in it.

What is your favourite printmaking product?

It has to be the ink itself. My favourite at the moment are the current range from hawthorn printmakers. They have an amazing range of stay open inks with some stunning colours.

What have you made that you are most proud of?

There are a few prints that I am really proud of, but one of them is my Four crows Lino print. It took a long time to carve, but I am incredibly pleased with the finished print.

Where can we see your work? Where do you sell?

I have an Instagram and facebook page. Prints are available my Etsy shop.

What will we be seeing from you next?

I’m currently working on a new series of folk inspired prints. Drawing heavily from Eastern European folk art

Do you have any advice for other printmakers and creatives?

Be creative, have fun and original. Don’t be afraid to experiment and to fail at things sometimes. That’s how we learn.


See more of Amanda’s work:

Etsy: Mangle Prints

Instagram: mangleprints

Facebook: Mangle Prints

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