Waiting for my handprinted Christmas cards to dry so I can get them in the post. I usually come up with a new design that I handprint or sometimes use an image that I’ve made that year and had printed professionally. This year it’s simple images of trees and a holly wreath.
Will anyone spot what’s odd about a couple of them……
This print is made up of three layers. This is achieved by cutting more away from the original piece of lino between each printing. The process referred to as reduction lino means that the print edition can never be repeated.
Method: Reduction Linocut
image size: WXH 15 x 10 cm
This print was made during the first few months of Lockdown. I was feeling positive as working from home and not commuting to work gave me more time for printing. I was more able to support local independent shops, have video calls with friends and family – which added to the feel good factor. I guess I tend towards seeing the positive in a situation. I saw the plants growing in my garden at the same time images of Coronavirus were everywhere. Along came the print showing them continuing to grow.
It exudes a certain joy for me but with the knowledge that Covid lurks in the background.
Method: multi block linocut
image size: 11 x 11 cm
£ unframed £45
I had a pitch at the market next to the lovely ceramicists, Lynn Nichols and Wendy Brennan, and opposite Kelly Jane Hickman. I took new framed prints and a browser full of current and older work, as well as greetings cards. What a positive, well organised event to be part of!
During Lockdown walks along the seafront I saw the blocks in various states. It was fascinating to see them revealed at low tide or hidden underwater apart from the tell tale marker poles showing where boats cannot pass. One day I saw the damaged boat that had crossed the line. The blocks attract local swimmers , acting as a distance marker and general meeting point.
This print captures the early morning stillness and a sole swimmer out in the water.
Whilst working in Mercantile House on a 6 month contract it was hard not to gaze at the city from my viewpoint on the upper floors. I initially produced a print inspired by the views and then moved onto other buildings on the campus including Mercentile House itself.
A road trip around Scotland left me gasping at every turn – stunning vistas and so much space and sky. This reduction print was cut and printed in three stages. What remains of the original lino is also shown – this means it can never be reprinted.
This is my 4th year participating in Created In Portsmouth – I’m exhibiting at venue 22 with CopperHare, Louise Griffiths-Kimber and Sue Meredith. Come and join us at our preview between 5 and 8, there’ll be wine and nibbles if you need any further temptation.
Omega Printmakers have an exhibition every two years to showcase the work of the members. The exhibition is looking fabulous with over 20 printmakers exhibiting in the beautiful St Thomas’ Cathedral in Old Portsmouth. It’s a wonderful venue to see the limited edition prints and cards on show.
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