I work mainly in relief print, both Lino and woodcut, I actually use Marley vinyl floor tiles in place of Lino, I like the way it cuts and I can easily
jigsaw shapes together. I carve into lime wood blocks which is very easy to carve and I love the rasp it makes as I’m cutting it.
If I’m working with colour I often blend the colours on the plate using a range of different sized rollers. I also like to use coloured tissue and patterned
papers to incorporate chine colle.
I have a small Tofko relief press and a Hawthorn etching press for larger prints and printing fabric.
How and where did you learn to print?
My first printmaking was at college in Ambleside using a large Albion press.
Years later I started experimenting with print on clay using an ink made with oxides and fat oil, I later realised I could use Transparent ink instead
of fat oil, it was a lot less smelly!
I love the process of printmaking, unlike painting you are not starting with an intimidating blank canvas or sheet of paper.
Where do you work?
I have just moved into a small studio gallery with three other artists, which is perfect for me as I can work, chat to people and hopefully sell some work
at the same time. I didn’t enjoy working in isolation, it’s good to share ideas and experience.
Describe a typical day in your studio.
After opening up the gallery I make coffee and think about the jobs to be done that day. If I’m on duty I shall plan a non-messy activity such as woodcutting
or planning for a future project.
If I am planning to do some printing then I have to cut and prepare the paper and prepare my inking area carefully with the selected inks and rollers.
I always leave at least an hour to clean up and tidy away. There’s nothing worse than returning the next morning to a mess.
How long have you been printmaking?
I have been printmaking on a full-time basis for about 7 years, but have dabbled in print for a long time before.
What inspires you?
The very process of print inspires me, the marks, textures, tools and materials and of course other printmakers!
What is your favourite printmaking product?
I’ve recently discovered printing on fabric and am quite pleased with my lampshades.
What have you made that you are most proud of?
A hand printed alphabet book that I made for my grandchildren.
Where can we see your work? Where do you sell?
You can see my work online and in my gallery. At the moment my work is also in the Great Print Exhibition at Rheged near Penrith
What will we be seeing from you next?
Watch this space! A new series of woodcuts hopefully and more designs for lampshades and possibly blinds!
Do you have any advice for other printmakers and creatives?
Don’t be put off by what you sometimes perceive as failure, the more you explore and experiment the more the creative process blossoms.
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