I’m very happy to say that my daughter Kate has now joined the business, and is working alongside me from her studio at our home! You can view and buy here prints here!
All Kate’s linocut prints are designed and hand-printed from her studio in the Lune Valley, Lancashire. Kate graduated from Falmouth University in 2020 with a BA(Hons) degree in Textile Design, but has decided to specialise in printmaking & illustration.
Kate is very much inspired by the natural world around us, specifically the Lune Valley and the Forest of Bowland, both of which she can explore right from her doorstep. You will find her paintings, illustrations and linocut prints feature the flora and fauna of this beautiful area of the country and capture the movements of the rivers, the wildness of the moors and twisted ancient trees of Roeburndale in addition to the nature we are lucky to see most days here on our walks such as hares, kingfishers, barn and tawny owls, herons, egrets to name but a few!
The majority of Kate’s linocut prints are printed onto a beautiful warm off-white Japanese Awagami Bukoshi 70g paper. This papers texture is classically Japanese Fine Art Paper. The Awagami Editioning papers are created with the rich history of over 300 years of washi paper making. This paper is acid free, archival quality, featuring four feathery deckled edges.
All prints are printed by hand, and as such each print is individually unique, hand signed, titled and numbered and comes with a board backing & is cellophane wrapped for protection.
Kate first sketches out her ideas for designs, often making up a ‘mood board’ of colours and textures. Once she is happy with the design, she will use that illustration as the basis for her linocut. Carefully transferring the image to lino, and then starting the intricate work of carving out the lino board to every feather of every bird, each ear of wheat and rippled water is captured, ready for the ink to be applied before printing out that first test print.
She keeps her editions short, so often there are only 10 or 20 of each print available. This keeps them more special we think!