How I work
Linocut and other relief printing
I’ve found I love working in three dimensions, cutting linoleum and vinyl blocks and mixing inks.
I’m almost entirely self-taught and have been delighted to discover that it is possible to make linocuts at home without a big printing press or a proper studio. I work at a desk in my tiny box room and create my prints either by hand (using the back of a spoon to press the paper onto the inked block), using a baren (a tool of Japanese origin designed for this purpose), or with a table-top press that my clever Dad made for me.
I enjoy the challenge of conveying colour, texture and form in black and white, so a lot of my linocut work so far has been in that style.
I’ve also experimented with the “reduction” method of multi-coloured linocut prints (where you use the same block to print all the colours, gradually carving it away until there’s barely anything left). It’s very challenging in many ways and requires planning, flexibility, discipline and nerves of steel!
Recently I’ve tried a slightly different technique which has turned into a bit of an upcycling project – printing and drawing bird designs onto out-of-date Ordnance Survey maps. I can’t help being a bird-nerd, so the birds are all ones that can be found in those locations.
I really enjoy being creative with bold shapes and colours and during the past few years I’ve learned to draw using my computer. That’s how I’ve created many of the designs for my greeting cards – it’s great to see digital designs come to life.
I’ve been fascinated by birds and wildlife for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always loved drawing, too. I’m inspired by nature and the wildlife I see around me in my corner of East Anglia.