One grey Saturday morning, a few weeks ago Irina and Silviu of Together and Sunspell visited me at my studio and we had a lovely chat about artwork, process, travel and my upcoming book 'Coastline', among many other things. To read the full interview click the link below...
In March we spent three weeks house-sitting in Venice, CA soaking up some sunshine (and quite a bit of rainy weather too, as it turned out) while trying to focus on our current creative projects. Luke is in the middle of writing his third album and I have just a couple of months before my book, Coastline is due to go to press up at Whittington. While I probably didn't do as much linocutting as I had hoped to, being back on the California coast reminded me why that place is special to so many people and why I was inspired in the first place to create a book dedicated to it's beauty. Now back in my studio, I feel filled with fresh enthusiasm to resume work on the last pieces of artwork for my project and I'm really excited to see it all come together.
Pat at Nomad Letterpress has been working on the book prospectus while I've been away (if you attended Oxford Fine Press Book Fair then you may have seen one already) and I'll have details soon on how you can pre-order a copy of the book. For now I'll leave you with a few photographs from our latest excursion along the Pacific Coast. We spent a lot of time at Topanga beach, watching wales and dolphins in Malibu and enjoying evening strolls along Venice beach.
I'm honoured to have a piece of work in the June tech-issue of Glamour Magazine as part of their 'Insta Art' piece. They sent a few Instagram artists and photographers runway accessories and clothing to interpret in their own unique style... I created linocuts of each of my items, four fabulous SS16 statement earrings!
First off I sketched the earrings and traced my drawings before transferring each one onto the lino using that classic method we all learnt at school, rubbing on the back of the drawing with a pencil - the perfect nifty trick for relief printing processes!
Then I got busy cutting, which took several hours to get all the details just right. Once complete, I rolled an even layer of ink on each relief, did a few tests and then printed them all onto a large sheet of paper (I used Somerset Velvet printmaking paper, a longtime favourite of mine).
You can see photos of my process and the results below. And of course, five of the final prints are available in my shop... HERE! Oh and also, read the article for yourself in the latest British Glamour issue :-)
Last month I created a large linocut of a rook for Bristol-based singer songwriter Phil King, to be printed on the inner record sleeve of his latest LP. He asked the wonderful folk at the Letterpress Collective to print the sleeves for his CD and vinyl record and as always, what they've created is total magic. Below are a few photographs of my work in progress, the finished linocut and the final printed sleeve... ta-daaa!