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 beautiful linocut prints, and occasionally. original paintings here!
All Kate’s linocut prints are designed, hand carved 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!
Original paintings again feature the natural world, the ancient forests and rivers that surround our home in Hornby, Lancashire. Mainly painting in acrylic, but occasionally pen and ink and watercolour. Kate also sometimes experiments with natural pigments from the Florence Art Centre in Egremont, Cumbria using iron ore pigment or slate pigment from the Honister slate mine. Occasionally she will paint small miniature paintings, (not much larger than a beer mat!) and these will also appear in her ‘shop’ on this website and be available to buy. Everything is sold unframed, but we can arrange for framing of the original paintings and linocut prints if you are able to collect from us in Hornby, or from our framers in Morecambe. Please just email Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org