Meet the Maker: Caroline Fearn
Hello, I’m Caroline. I live in London. Two years ago I picked up a carving tool and a block of lino. I quite liked it.
Describe your printmaking process
My process is an intuitive one, so I typically just start, and I will see what develops through doing. Experimenting with pattern and/or layout (using ink pads) is an integral part of my process. Sometimes I’ll sketch and transfer to lino, or just carve right into a block.
How and where did you learn to print?
I am self-taught, so there’s been a fair amount of trial and error. The gap between what I want to create in my mind and my ability to create it is slowly getting smaller, thankfully.
I love the tactile processes involved, so being in the flow of making something with my hands is a feeling I never tire of. And when something works on paper… it always feels like magic.
Where do you work?
I work at home. I have two large chests of drawers and a small wooden table. The space has great light, and I am very grateful for that.
Describe a typical day in your studio
I’ll clear or rearrange my work space if I want to start something new, or if I am working on something from the previous day I’ll just pick up where I left off. I don’t tend to work for more than three hours in one go, and will undoubtedly do each of the following things at some point: print something with red ink; generate at least three useless ideas; drink several cups of decaf coffee; bounce on my indoor trampoline.
How long have you been printmaking?
For two years. Since March 15th 2021 to be exact.
What inspires you?
I see things that are exciting and wonderful all the time, but in reality it’s the creative beast in me that won’t let me rest. The more I make, the more I am inspired.
What is your favourite printmaking product?
Probably Ranger inkpads because they allow me to create quickly and I love the colours.
What have you made that you are most proud of?
No one piece in particular - but rather everything I have made over the last two years. I feel proud of the fact that I have kept going and consistently worked at my printmaking – in spite of all the moments of intense frustration and self-doubt.
Where can we see your work? Where do you sell?
What will we be seeing from you next?
I don’t know the specifics… At this stage I just want to keep developing my skills, style and ideas. I do currently love printing with Tetra Pak cartons (oh, the freedom), and I want to do more fabric printing, creating one-off pieces using things I have found in charity shops/flea markets.
Do you have any advice for other printmakers and creatives?
Just keep showing up.
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