My work is varied in style, medium and scale. I draw, I paint and work in mixed-media but my passion is for linocutting. I enjoy the physical process of cutting and carving the lino with freshly honed tools and I find the variety of styles and marks I can achieve with such simple materials endlessly surprising and satisfying. You can read more about me and my work here.
NEWS SNIPPETS - January 2024
The New Year is well underway and teaching & speaking is the flavour of the first couple of the months of 2024.
In the studio, I'm preparing for for my next teaching day at Bodnant Art Studios in February. Our theme this time is loosely based around Valentine's Day and the subject for the day is a linocut lovespoon.
I'll be speaking at the Regional Print Centre Print Symposium on February 14th and following up with a two-day Reduction Linocut workshop.
I've produced a new limited edition Dydd Santes Dwynwen (St Dwynwen's Day, 25th January) gatefold card with miniprint insert this year. The issue with PayPal's new-fangled 'buy now' button html code has been resolved, so they're now available directly from the Greetings Cards area in the shop alongside the last of the Valentine's Day editioned card from a couple of years ago.
Reduction linocutting is one of the most complex and intriguing forms of relief printmaking - it requires having to work with a reversed sketch or drawing, being able to envisage multiple layers of tone and colour, all whilst working toward a final image which exists only in my head.
The reduction process involves using a single block of lino which is progressively cut away for each layer of colour. As the block is essentially destroyed during the process, a reduction print can never be reprinted, making it (and guaranteeing) a truly limited edition.