Every print begins with a sketch. An idea takes shape and evolves over time. Sometimes the rough draft sits for many weeks before the final concept moves forward. Other times it moves from sketch to print in days. Every time the image is drawn in reverse to produce a print which shows the opposite.
The beginnings of a print is with an image carved into Lino, a firm grey sheet product. This can take several hours and is often a multi-day project. To do so we use special carving tools, each with its own shape to create differing parts of the piece. The carving cuts are not reversible so each cut is considered carefully.
INK AND PRINT
The completed carving block is inked using non-toxic relief ink, applied with a roller. The surface needs enough ink but not too much. Inked blocks are covered with cotton paper and rolled through a printing press to create the original print.