I visited the annual exhibition of work from the Society of Wood Engravers at Bankside Gallery this week – if you are interested in printmaking you have till tomorrow to see this exhibition.
Here are my favourite three prints from the exhibition in no particular order – it’s always the birds that get my attention time and time again. Click on the images to be taken to the artists’ websites.
Julian Witts, ‘Black Grouse’, Black & White Woodcut.
Peter Brown, ‘The Stalker’, Linocut
Rosamund Fowler, ‘Cherry Blossom’, Wood Engraving
I’ve been proofing linocut prints of apples. Initially conceived as a print exploring positive and negative space; I found it hard to resist adding colour. In this case I’ve added colour using the method of chine–collé; which means collaging coloured paper onto the white paper surface and then printing on top of that coloured paper.
To get the registration right you glue the coloured paper at the same time as you print. So once your linocut block is inked, you place your cut out coloured paper forms on the inked linocut block with the glue side facing outwards, then you lay your white printing paper on top and press as normal.
For the below images I added the coloured forms for the apples and their attached leaves at the time of printing. Afterwards I collaged the other two floating leaf forms. I intend to edition these as I really like their retro mid-century modern feel. I’m calling them ‘Apple Pop’ because of the bright ‘popping’ colours of the collaged paper.
(© Catherine Cronin)
I have joined a linocut group on facebook, where members can sign up to print a linocut letter for different themed alphabets. I have chosen the letter ‘G’ for a freestyle alphabet, image size 15×15 cm. You can read more about how I came up with my design here.
Here is the final print, the third colour printed was raw umber. I did this as a reduction linocut, where you keep cutting away more material from the block to print subsequent colours. Overall I am pleased with the result, though I need to improve my registration technique as I only had 5 good prints at the end – available for sale here. Printed in Caligo relief water-based ink on specialist printing paper, Zerkall 210 gsm.
(© Catherine Cronin)
On Friday I saw a great exhibition of work from artist Tom Hammick at Flowers East – Exhibition: Tom Hammick Wall, Window, World. This exhibition features new works made in response to a year-long residency at English National Opera (ENO).
I have been a fan of his work for some years now, especially his print work which primarily is using woodcut. I am drawn to his work; by his use of loud and subtle colour play, the wonderful layering of forms, the sense of narrative in his images, and the feelings of joy and unease conjured up by them. His best images work away on your imagination and pull you into their story.
Here are three of my favourite woodcut prints from the exhibition. These digital images really just give a taste; you are missing out on some of the more subtle colour patterns, and the last image is actually a really large print where you can see the grain of the wood coming through the grey ink of the fore ground – so I strongly recommend a visit to see them up close if you are in London.
Eyes for Listening, 2015, Reduction Woodcut, Copyright Tom Hammick
Friends in the Forest, 2015, Reduction Woodcut Copyright Tom Hammick
Outskirts (Day), 2015, Woodcut, Copyright Tom Hammick