Featured in Pressing Matters mag

It’s a huge privilege to have Skirrid Print Studio featured in issue 12 of Pressing Matters magazine following an invitation from John Coe, who has persevered through Covid19 restrictions to keep up the good work. This wonderful quarterly mag comes highly recommended for all print addicts – it’s so diverse (selling globally) and with such high quality…

Etchings

A lot of my printwork is made from carving images into linoleum (known as relief or block printing) but recently I’ve really enjoyed 2 forms of etching: drypoint engraving (scratching into a perspex plate with a sharp tool) and saline solution etching (where a homemade acid solution etches into a metal plate with a design…

Richmond Park deer: “Rumination”

I have just completed this 7 stage reduction linocut. I spent around 3 weeks working on this. Inspired by a photo by Emma Hughes (@emma_hughes_hdp), though I have given it a whole new colour palette and altered the composition. The slideshow above shows the 7 stages and the gallery below shows various shots during the…

Skirrid Print Studio: the first 6 months

So from this shell of a building – which had previously served as a boot room and storage space (with 2 tiny rooms upstairs) – the charming Welsh builders, Dickie and Rich, created a 2-storey print studio, with its own entrance. This was in March 2019 and took a good few weeks. The finishing touch…

The Effingham Badgers

I was very happy to accept a commission for this artwork despite the rather pressing deadline of about 20 days. My brief was to create a linocut print featuring the badger and the Girl Guides trefoil. As a lover of British wildlife, particularly mammals, this was right up my street. I decided to create a…

Solva Quay, Pembrokeshire

I have just completed this commission for someone who loves the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal village, Solva. It took many layers of ink and some of the lino was etched using a solution of caustic soda and wallpaper paste. It gives a lovely soft look to the clouds and hillsides.

Featured in Welsh BorderLife mag

Thanks to exposure in the Herefordshire art week back in September I was approached to contribute an artwork to the lifestyle magazine Welsh BorderLife. Rather lovely to see my linocut Christmas card workshops featured for November. They’ll also be promoting my etching, Winter Visitor, in January. What lovely folk.

“Beady eye”, reduction print

I have just produced 6 prints, a close up of a flamingo. The photos above illustrate the several layers that go into each print. Such a lot of thought and concentration goes into creating a linocut reduction but I also want to write about the subject and what leads us to work on a particular…

Dolly, the A1 press, has arrived

Here she is – Dolly – in all her glory. Made in Shropshire by Gunning Arts Printing Presses, she’s a local lass, which makes her pretty special in my book. She will mean I can make bigger, more ambitious linoprints and continue to learn the magic of etching. More importantly, she will be wonderful for…

Etsy shop update

I’ve finally revived my Etsy shop and I’m offering free shipping on all products. No need to say much more – take a look for yourselves.

Skirrid Print Studio is getting a makeover

Yes, there will be a fabulous art studio and gallery here in Longtown. Just waiting for builders to finish up. Then it will be time for me roll up my sleeves and pop open the paint tins. The best bit? I’ll be getting my hands on a decent sized etching press. Watch this space.