Linocut – DFL

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DfL (Down from London) is a limited edition linoprint I created for a series of exhibitions in Margate in summer/autumn 2016.

It was a good test of my linoprint skills – which compared to the control I feel when I pick up a pen – are virtually non-existent.

Credit for the final result must go partially to advice from such sage experts as Martin Adams and Kirsten Schmidt (expert East London Printmakers) and Margate-based Nick Morely of Hello Print. Incidentally, if you want a superb book on linoprint for artists, you could do worse than grab a copy of Nick’s book.

As with all good things, I started with a drawing..

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Please note the wooden spoon – turns out that’s the most important part of the whole process. It’s all about the pressure baby, especially when you’re hand-printing lino.

For this edition, as you can see, I used Jacksons Water-based ink. This is a lot easier to clean up after, but as I’ll cover in other posts, for some editions I use Caligo especially when printing by hand.

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To cut the plate I used Pfeil tools. To be fair, they are the only ones I use or would consider – just so much control and such high quality. They’re pricey but 100% worth it – the best price I’ve found is at Jacksons.

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I love the way plates look when they’re freshly inked. So much potential (but also potential for it to go wrong… 😮 )

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Here’s what happens when you don’t use enough spoon… sob.

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Here’s the first colour plate going on – with enough pressure! Thanks to my experts for the tips and I can confirm that the only way to hand print lino is essentially by applying pressure until you have worked up quite a sweat and creating one massive bicep. Maybe I shouldn’t have made this edition in the middle of a hot summer..

DfL H lockeThe first reveal of the second (black) plate… thank gawd I didn’t mess that bit up.

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Edition of 10 completed and suspended – it’s always quite satisfying to see them strung across the studio.

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And I got to show them off at the Viking Gallery in Cliftonville, Margate.

I’ve also made a series of greetings cards based on this work, which are available in my etsy store.

Exhibition: Misbehaviour, Redruth & Mile End

 

 

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I’m in a new international exhibition in Redruth, Cornwall.

“Misbehaviour” (curated by Art Catcher and the ever amazing Katja Rosenberg) opens at CMR Gallery Redruth on 8th October until 29th October and includes artists from the UK and beyond. The full catalogue is available as PDF download here.

My piece for the exhibition is entitled “Scrumping” and is about the fine Devon & Cornwall tradition of.. ahem.. nicking apples from other peoples’ orchards. (NB. Not recommended. Very naughty).

Ink on paper, hand-gilded with 23ct gold leaf.

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Last night Misbehaviour came to London. The exhibition I was in at the end of last year has relocated to the Art Pavillion in Mile End and opened with the private view last night.

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The show, curated by Katja Rosenberg of Art Catcher will also include a series of workshops and events between now and 22nd Feb. Details on the website.

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Here are some photos from a very busy private view…

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there it is…

 

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And there are a load more photos being uploaded onto the event’s Facebook page.